Settings personal pictures/photos as 'project settings'

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It would be very helpful and cool, if one could set pictures as background in 'project settings' instead of color only! 
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I find that it would take fewer steps to simply drag/drop the picture onto the timeline's track 1 and then resize it to fill the canvas area?

doing so in project settings would require navigating a file picker to locate the target photo?
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Simple and efficient
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That is true! And I have worked like this... however, this way it will adds another track, which can get really bothering if you work with more than 3 tracks for the video itself. General overview is getting worse as you ad several tracks. So, I would much prefer being able to be more flexible with background setting. Besides, if you use a track for a background, you always have a window below/behind the other windows (tracks). So editing will get worse, unless you lock it or make it invisible. Not the best solution... So, what's the problem locating a file on your computer?! That's super easy...
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One thing that would be helpful in a multi track situation is the ability to size the tracks substantially smaller than they are. That would allow us to see more at a time and if you had something like an image that was being presented for the duration of the video, you could make that track nearly invisible in order to make room for all the other tracks above it.
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Hey Rick, 

just in case you don't know yet. You can decrease the size of the canvas window to a size enabling you to see a max. of  6 tracks as far I figured out. That way you will see more tracks but a once. However, doing this will also come with a downside as your canvas becomes smaller as you contract the video window. It's not the perfect sollution, but better than nothing I guess.  If you do the opposite, you would be able to see lesser tracks. Doing it either way, the tracks themselves will never change their size (height) though. 
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You could try this approach,

1.Add you image to the first track.
2. Insert Tracks above the the first track.
3. Use the scroll bar at the end of the tracks to scroll the first track out of view.

In the example below. The timeline is reduced to two visible tracks for maximum canvas viewing. For a simple no frills video.2 tracks may be enough.

Regards,Joe

 
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if you detach the canvas, you can alt-tab between the canvas window and the editor main window; this gives me 10 view-able tracks to work with on my 1920x1080 monitor
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Well daytonabeach70,

I don't want to sound like an idea killer. But that's not how video editors work.None of them.

The canvas area is the canvas area "Background". Camtasia let's you chose a color for it, but it doesn't support transparency.So it has to be a color.

Premier Pro, Sony Vegas, Boris FX, etc  Don't have a background color because they are transparent. They look black in appearance but they are absent of color.

What your asking for is to reinvent the wheel. By changing the core function of the canvas.

If you think about it.You gotta realize that's never going to happen.

Especially since all you've got to do is place that image on the timeline like everyone else.
Including Hollywood Producers.
 It's the way it's been done since multi track editing was invented.    

Regards,Joe
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Another point I should have mentioned. Important enough to amend my previous post.

The Background is 3 dimensional. It's not just a flat plane.

Even if you edit strictly on 2-D plane. I think it's easy to see why you can't convert the background into a flat image.
It's not how the editor interprets the canvas.

The image below contains the same 3 images. Plus their actual size is identical.
They are simply placed at different depths of 3-D space and 2 have been spun on their axis.

 
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