What the heck? How did my video turn into a trapezoid?

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I have three video clips totaling about an hour and 20 minutes. They are in the timeline next to each other. I just completed the editing on the first two clips (which were fine) but the third clip somehow turned into a trapezoid! I cannot straighten out the edges so that they go 90 degrees. I recorded all three at the same time, changing nothing during recording. 

Did I turn on a special effect in Camtasia or something? This is baffling. 
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi,
It looks like you somehow changed the Rotation or Position setting to be off by just a bit.
Click on that clip on the timeline, then go to Properties, and make sure those settings are set to Zero (0).
That should fix things up.


Kelly
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hmm.. I had just installed an internal test build and didn't notice something was different in that screen. I removed the image to avoid any confusion. Thanks for the head's up.
Kelly
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Ah come on Kelly you can tell me. I'll keep it a secret  ;-)
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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You, I can trust. But, that Rick fella who hangs out around here, I don't know about him! HAHA
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Dubie

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HAHA... Yep Yep
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I've heard about those folks named Rick.

Indeed, they aren't to be trusted!

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Wow, fastest support ever. Boom, you nailed it Kelly. I thought for sure it was Karma or something else. 
1. Got it fixed - thank you! My X was off somehow. 
2. Didn't know I could move the screen like that - great to know! Might be useful. 

Thank you so much!

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Haha - video Karma. There might be such a thing.
Glad it was a quick fix for you.
Kelly
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Kelly beat me to the punch! But, glad you got a quick answer.  

The Tilt Left and Tilt Right animation effects change the rotation in the Y, btw, along with scale and positioning.

If you ever use those effects, you can tweak them to your liking, for the instance at hand.
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She's on it! :D Thanks so much for the extra info, very helpful. It's just weird when you are so used to things being a certain way then suddenly something's different. I probably changed that number accidentally somewhere along the line! Trial by fire, it's all good. 
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I have noticed that if your cursor is active in a text field somewhere, and you think you are using your arrow keys for something else, the text field value can change on you.
 
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Totally! That might be what happened. I've tried using my arrow keys in the timeline only to find out I was moving the canvas. Can't wait until I can map all the keys!