remove black bars Camtasia 9

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I see lots of videos explaining how to remove the black bars in Camtasia 8 but the techniques don't seem to work (or at least I can't figure them out) in Camtasia 9.  As far as I know, I didn't make any changes to my settings and now every video has a black box around it.  How do I resized to make the video full screen?  Thanks in advance.
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be sure that project dimensions are the same as your media's dimensions; produce using those same dimensions; media on timeline should be scaled 100% [or greater]
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I did this and it worked. Thank you!
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Most likely your canvas dimension is bigger than your video dimension.

Most common sizes 1280x720 or 1920x1080

Best practice is to record at the dimension you'll render at.

You need to either resize the canvas or resize the video. It's best to resize the canvas so you don't distort the video but sometimes the video size just shows wrong on the canvas.

Resize the canvas:
Right-click on the canvas and then project settings

 Then select the size that's relative to the size of your video

To resize the video:

I first make sure the video is centered on the canvas. Two yellow guides will pop into
view when it centered.

Then hold the CTRL key and click and drag on one of the corner dots.
The video should snap to the canvas size. Yellow guides pop into view on the canvas edges
when your video is aligned to the canvas.

** Sometimes you may also have to adjust each edge separately.

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I thought I tried this but I will try again.
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Interesting thread. I've long been aware of aspect ratios as well as letterboxing and pillarboxing, but I wasn't sure if such a term existed to describe a black area that is a combination of both. Lo and behold there is! Called "Windowboxing".

You can read more about it here:

Something I found most interesting was in using it as a technique.

"On rare occasion, a picture will be windowboxed on purpose. During the opening, documentary-style sequence of Rent on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, the picture is windowboxed to suggest an older camera meant to present at a 4:3 aspect ratio; as the movie transitions from that segment, it then expands horizontally from a windowboxed 4:3 to a letterboxed 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Another example is in the movie Brother Bear. On the theatrical and Widescreen DVD release, the beginning of the film is windowboxed until Kenai, the main character, becomes a bear. This is to show that his world-view, and his perspective on nature, has widened."

Happy Saturday all! Rick :)