Setting resolution of Powerpoint slides that are converted to PNG

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Hi,

I'm using Camtasia 9.1.2 for Windows, and PowerPoint 2016.
I love the new feature in Camtasia 9.1.2 for Windows, which exports individual slides from a PPTX automatically to PNG files.

When I export widescreen slides from within PowerPoint itself, they're of the format 1280x720 (96dpi, which is the default).
In Camtasia, with default canvas dimensions of 1280x720, the slides are exported to the format 1920x1080.

To prevent cropping issues: Is there a way to set the resolution (or dpi) that Camtasia uses to export PowerPoint slides to PNG files ? Ideally the exported PNG files would be of the same dimensions of the canvas, or at least using the same default resolution that Powerpoint uses.

Thanks in advance,

Peter
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Kelly Rush, Product Manager

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Hey Peter,

Great question, and glad you're enjoying the new PowerPoint slide import option for Camtasia!

At the moment, the way the PowerPoint import feature works is that Camtasia will always try to create a PNG slide that is 1080 pixels high. If you have a PowerPoint presentation that is 16:9 (which you do, with a 1280 x 720 slide deck), then Camtasia will make it 1080 pixels high and scale the width accordingly (1920 in this case).

To avoid cropping for now, you should be able to drag those 1920 x 1080 PNG files from the media bin onto the timeline. If you have an empty timeline, Camtasia will automatically set the project canvas to 1920 x 1080 resolution; if you already have media on your timeline, and have set the project canvas to something else (I'm assuming 1280 x 720 in this case), you can just resize the PNG images of your PowerPoint slide deck to fit the canvas window, no cropping required.

Hopefully that helps, or at least gives you some ammunition to tell me more about what you're running into. I'd love to hear what types of projects you're working on with the PowerPoint import workflow, and thoughts you might have on how we can make the feature even better, if you feel like sharing them!

Cheers!

Kelly
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Jayne Davids

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Hi Kelly, I have a similar situation in regards to a PowerPoint presentation that's set as 4:3. The editing dimensions and produced video must be 1024x768. When the slides are imported they are 1080 pixels high as you mentioned, with 1440 width. So when they are added to the canvas they are scaled down to 71.1%. I'm concerned this will affect the quality of the produced video. In this situation would it be best to use another method of importing the slides or will 71.1% be OK? TIA, Jayne
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Hi Jayne,

I would imagine that for many types of PowerPoint content, scaling down by 30% should not be too bad. The caveat to that is, if you have small-text font on your slide, it might become a bit tough to read, so that'd maybe be something to watch out for. The best way to know for sure though would be to produce the video out (or a small section of it as a test), and decide for yourself if the quality is up to your standards!

Thanks for the insight on your workflow, if you have more you'd like to share about how you're working with PowerPoint files getting into Camtasia, I'd love to hear about it!

Cheers,

Kelly
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Thanks for the clarification Kelly. My apologies for not responding sooner.

FYI: As my client wanted to keep the scale at 100% for best quality of text, we chose to change the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 and record the slideshow instead of importing the slides. 

Hope that's useful.
Jayne