Record full screen of iOS device in 720p in Camtasia for Mac

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Just did my first record directly from my iPad air in Camtasia for Mac. Which works like a charm. Now the default resolution Camtasia records is 1600x1200. However, I do need a 720p or 1080p video in the end.
When doing an advanced export and use "preserve aspect ratio using fir within size" I do get black bars on the left and right.
Is there any way I can record the complete screen of the iPad in a resolution I can properly convert to 720p or 1080p?

Thanks a ton
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The short answer is no.  The iPad has an aspect ratio of 4 : 3.  For your particular iPad the resolution is 1600x1200.  The ratio of of the two dimensions is 4 to 3.  720p and 1080p have aspect ratios of 16 : 9.  720p is 1280x720 and 1080p is 1920x1080.   You cannot scale a 4 : 3 rectangle to perfectly fill up a 16 : 9 rectangle.   

If you scale 1600x1200 so that it fits in 720p you will end up with a 960x720 video.  You will end up with 60 extra pixels on each side, aka the dreaded black bars.

What are your options?

1.  Just live with the black bars.  Not ideal, but an iPad screen just does not fit in a 16 : 9 rectangle.
2.  Fill up the extra horizontal space with some interesting filler.  Put your name or logo there.
3.  Crop your content.  If you scale your video so that it fills the horizontal space, you end up with a 1280x960 video.  This means that 240 pixels of content will be cut off.  This is less than ideal, but depending on what you are recording, it might be an option.
4.  You can also stretch the content to fit.  In Camtasia you can alter the aspect ratio of an image or video by holding down the shift key when you resize it.  But this will distort your video.  Text and images will be wider than they should be.  Everything will look a little squished.
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Thank's a lot for the immediate and comprehensive reply! This makes really sense and is obvious after thinking about it.

I'll try to crop the content, but there is not much space I can remove. Anyway, thanks for the information.
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Another variation of option #2 is to fill up the extra space with a blurred version of your video.  Here is a screen shot of what that looks like in Camtasia for Mac.

http://www.screencast.com/t/fueWX8WQ0eA

The bottom track has a copy of the video scaled down so that the width is 1280 pixels.  The middle track has a blur annotation on it.  The top track has a copy of the video scaled down so that the height is 720 pixels.

Some people like this effect a lot, but some find it kind of disorienting.
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First, Stephen, that's such a great and detailed reply!

I'll add one more option:

Camtasia comes with a 'mock' ipad frame you can put your video in, you'll still have space on either side, but the ipad looks pretty natural sitting there on a white background.
You can also zoom in when needed which is a variant of the cropping Stephen suggested above.

The frame below is from a 1280x720 video I did for work.
I used this to start with, and then zoomed in and out throughout the video.