Size of completed video

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I am using Camtasia 3 for Mac. I shot a video which is narration to camera in the style of a newsreader. The original video is correctly sized. When I import it and drop it into the timeline, it shows on the canvas as about 25% of the space with black around it. I have tried changing the size of the video and other elements I've added in the properties menu via the scaling slider but have run into problems with this. Even when I have scaled my video, the final exported version is still showing as 25% of the screen. Can anyone help a newcomer to Camtasia?!
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From your post, what I *think* what you are trying to do is to size your camera video to match the size of your canvas.  The canvas is the width and height of what will become your video when you export it.  What I believe you want to do is to size the canvas to match your canvas video.  If this is true, this is probably the easiest way to do it.  First, if you want to make the size of the final video the same size as your original camera video, then select the camera video on the time line and in the properties panel, set the scale of your video to 100%.  Second, make sure your camera video is centered.  So click and drag your video around on the canvas.  When it is near the center, it will snap to the center (their will be a horizontal and vertical line through the center point of the camera video.   Third right click on the canvas and choose 'Project Settings...' from the menu.  Next, in the Project Settings dialog, click in the Dimensions dropdown and choose the "Fit to Visible" option.  This will resize the canvas to match your camera.  Finally, choose Apply.

If I understood your question correctly, this should accomplish what you are attempting to do.  Let us know if it works out for you.
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Certainly; your 'canvas' in Camtasia is what decides how big your video will be. You then fill that up with the content you want. So, start with how big you want your final video to be and set your canvas to that size.

If you don't know; that is, if you know you just want it to be "as big as the camera video", then you can do this:
  1. Put your camera video in the middle of the canvas
  2. In its properties over on the right hand size, set its scale to "100%" (this makes sure the camera video is full size, pixel for pixel)
  3. right-click on the canvas (video area) and choose "project settings
  4. Choose "Fit to Visible"

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.... Leif beat me by 59 seconds.
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Yeah, but you have pictures..