Why does my grouped library asset play back wrong?

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I have created a simple animation with several images and grouped them together. I then saved the group as a library asset. But when I drag the group from the library to use, the whole animation plays half a screen to the left rather than in the centre. I have the same project size in original and new projects (1280 x 720). What is happening here?

And a related question: Is there a way to export this animation without the coloured background that I had to set for the project (transparent wasn't an option) so that I can use it in other projects without having to use the library?
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You didn't say if you were using Camtasia on a  Windows machine. 

What I can tell you is this. When you save animated grouped images to the library. They will not stay aligned properly unless you so this.
 
1.Place a Blank Text Callout on the timeline. 
2.Re-Size the text box to fill the entire screen.
3.Make it's duration the same length as your animation.
4.Group everything and save it to the library. 

The animation will fit properly into a project of the same size. I would name it using the video dimensions as part of the name. That way you won't confuse it with other animations. If you open the same 1280 x 720 animation in a 1920 x 1080 video it will fit properly also. Because they are both 16 x 9 aspect ratio videos.

There is no way to export an animation without a background color. You can change the background color to anything you want. Then you can produce it as a video and try to key it out the background. Sometimes it works well. It depends on the colors used in the image.See Image Below, Click to Enlarge

Regards, Joe

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Thanks Joe and sorry yes, I'm using Camtasia 8.6 on Windows.

I added the text callout but I get the same behaviour. I think I changed my project settings halfway through creating the animation rather than setting it before beginning. Maybe that's caused it?
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I just ran a test animation using two images that were animated and saved them to the library . It played back properly for me. I would place the blank text callout directly over the background in the timeline. Then, place your images above that.

My best suggestion is start from scratch using the proper editing dimensions. It should work. 

If you could post back with your results that would be great.

Regards, Joe
 

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