Smoother Transition Required from Device Frame to Zoom into Software

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Remove the need to jump cut from a clip of your software in a device frame to a clip of just the software with zoom in. 

The new device frame enhancement is a great idea. However, if you want to move from your software in the monitor on the desk and zoom into the software to show it's functionality, you cannot do that smoothly in one clip. You have to cut and jump to a recording of just the software.

If you try to use the zoom effect on a clip that has device frame on all of it, when you zoom, the software image loses clarity and crispness.

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Michael Taylor

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as a current workaround, make your own device frames, and keep them in the Library as a reusable asset; these can be zoomed in/out, and re-positioned,  while maintaining full screen capture clarity, even at 1920x1080 ...

How To Make Custom Device Frames
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@Michael Taylor: Thanks for the great suggestion, certainly something we can look into for the future. Just for a bit more context, what does your Device Frame content look like on the timeline? For instance, is this just something you use as an intro to your video, or do you use it more frequently throughout your production? If you can describe (or share an example) of what you're trying to do, that will help us gain context around how to improve the Device Frames in Camtasia.

As a temporary pseudo-workaround, you can try the following:
1. Make a second copy of your screen content, timed to match up with the Device Frame version.
2. Scale it down so that it lines up pretty closely with the screen in the Device Frame. Set the opacity to 0% (completely transparent).
3. When you want to "zoom in" to the screen, go ahead and set the animation points on the Device Frame clip, and match the initial point on the non-Device Frame clip; for the end point on the non-Device Frame clip, set it so that it's perfectly full-screen.
4. As you scale up the non-Device Frame clip, also set the opacity to go from 0% (start) to 100% (end).

What you'll end up with is a "decent" (not great) full-screen zoom transition, as the non-Device Frame version overtakes the device frame version. Is that super clunky and non-magical? You bet it is! Hopefully it will give you something to work with for now, and depending on how much feedback we receive, we'll consider ways to improve it in the future!