Newbie needs recording help

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How do I smoothly video capture an area that is larger then my screen thus:

I tried to video capture with SnagIt 11 however, when moving the cursor by hand by either pushing it manually or by clicking the up function continuously I cant achieve a smooth transition.

How do I

1) video capture continuous pages 'smoothly'  and

2) zoom i.e.  start zoomed in at the bottom page then slowly zoom out to expand to appr. 3 (Excel) pages wide - while smoothly video capturing to expand to appr. 4 (Excel) pages up.

I just got Camtasia Studio 8 and SnagIt 11. I appreciate your help and ... please try to explain the procedures as simple as possible since I am a newbie.

Thanks

Yud20

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Typically the approach is to record at full screen, then when editing you adjust the zoom factor so you are zoomed in. Then you can add a zoom and control the timing so it zooms out as gracefully and slowly as you want and show the larger area.

Not sure exactly how you would go about recording an area that spans two monitors (or more). Perhaps someone else will reply here and advise on that. I'd like to see some ideas myself!

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks Rick,

I will try your (zooming) approach (eventually). I appreciate your reply.

However, the question how to 'smoothly' capture an area larger than the screen is the more important one.

Thanks again and I hope someone else can address this question.

Thanks .. Yud20

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What do you mean, "capture an an area larger than the screen"?  Are you talking about capturing your entire screen - everything showing on your monitor?  Try moving your mouse all the way to the upper left corner of your monitor - that should get everything.
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I want to video capture a project prepared in Excel with the total size of 4 pages from top to bottom and 3 pages from left to right thus the capture area is far larger than the screen / monitor since at most one of the 12 pages will be displayed.
Like I pointed out I manually moved the cursor during video capture but the 'flow' is not very 'smooth'. How do I capture all pages automatically with "smooth" movement (from top to bottom).
I appreciate your help. Thanks again.
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Hi Busman501,

I'm not super sure if this will work for you or not, but with some video cards, you can 'emulate' a larger desktop than the monitor actually supports (it might be referenced online as 'custom resolutions')... theoretically, if you had a desktop with a 'virtual resolution' of, say, 3600 x 3600, you might be able to fit your entire excel table into that resolution.

Please let me know if you have any other questions about this.

Regards,

Aaron
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Hi Aaron, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I do not have a desktop with a 'virtual resolution'.

Like I said initially I am able to video capture several pages by manually moving the cursor. The only thing is that this approach does not produce "smooth" up and down between pages.

Am I assuming too much by looking for an easy setup within Snagit 11 where certain commands can be given to 'smoothly' float from i.e. Excel page layout A1 thru A200 ?
Thanks for your support.
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There's no way with Snagit to video capture an area larger than the screen.  You can, of course, move the area into the visible screen but if doesn't happen smoothly then your video card just isn't capable enough to handle it.  I'm not sure there's a workaround for this problem.  Mine scrolls very smoothly just like I see it happening on the screen.  Here it is: http://screencast.com/t/KwHrpH0sH0
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Hi Manny,
Thanks for your info and sample. I appreciate it and I looked at your scrolls and indeed they do look smooth .... however, they were sequential numbers and could easily be absorbed in that 'speed' - but I am trying to capture a family tree with text, lines and some pictures and when applying your Technic all movements would just be too fast .
Please bear in mind that I am a newbie and when I called it a 'smooth' scroll I meant it to be not just smooth but also slow enough for a viewer to be able to absorb all details.
I am not quite sure if it is my video card (or lack of its capabilities) or just my inexperience to 'slow' a 'smooth' scroll down ?
Your help is definitely appreciated. Thanks for your support.

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I'm not sure I get it.  If it's too fast, scroll slower.  Maybe if you posted an example it would make more sense.
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Greg,
please understand that I am a newbie. I dont know how to post an example however, I am quite certain that Manny locked on to the 'down' button and kept it pressed while capturing. That gives it a particular scrolling 'speed' which is too fast for my prepared project.
My question still is how do I slow the scrolling speed down (and smooth - thus not manually)  to make my project legible.
Thanks for your interest.
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Well, just trying ideas here - this may not help you, but take a look at this example and maybe it will generate other thoughts.  Hope this helps:  http://www.screencast.com/t/JRNqi1Fk6yl1
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I did lock  the down button but if you just really mean to scroll slower than that's up to you.  Rather than scrolling use the page down and give people time to absorb the material.  This is more on the technique of moving things around the screen than using Snagit. I take back what I said about the video card.  I didn't initially understand what you meant.

What Greg suggested will work nicely but it's something that Snagit can't do by itself.  With Snagit you have to control how data moves on the screen yourself.
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Thank you guys !
I think the example by Greg will do it.
I did get Camtasia too I just have to learn to operate it.
Thanks again.
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Hi Manny and Greg,
Thanks for your input ! Without your help I would have (had) nowhere to go.

I did try Greg's example. It looked very promising. Unfortunately for my project (text, lines and pictures) it  -still-  turns out to be quite 'choppy' -  just as doing it manually.
It seems by using the 'automatic' scroll (locked down button) and (then) applying slow motion does not really turn out advantageous to something other then 'numbers'  ?!
If someone (Greg ?) could  lead  me into copying and posting my file I would gladly share my experience / problem which certainly would allow you to be more aware of what I am trying to accomplish.
Thanks, again, for your involvement.


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You can just take any video you create in Camtasia and upload it somewhere (like Screencast or Youtube) and "share" it and copy the link here.

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