Why is my Camtasia (Mac) video blurry / doesn't fill the screen?

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My recording comes into the Camtasia for Mac editor and when I produce, my video doesn't seem as crisp as I think it should be?
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The likely issue is that the video is automatically scaled down 50% when first placed on the video editing canvas. This can make text in particular look worse. We'll improve this process in the future. For now, there are a couple ways you can remedy this.

Option 1: Use zoom and pan keyframes, or SmartFocus to auto-apply zoom and pan keyframes. Not only will this help you achieve the pixel-perfect quality, but zooming and panning can help direct and hold a viewers attention.

Option 2: Restore video to original size. Right (or control-click) on the canvas and choose Scale to Actual Pixels. You may want to then crop the part you want to keep.

A video of these options and more information is located here on the Learning Center.

Do others have tips in this area?
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Andrea Perry

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Hi Jason,

Thank you for sharing your frustrations with us. I noticed the official response to this topic is a little out of date, so I thought I'd chime in and reassure you that we are following along. The Camtasia for Mac development team is aware that there is a disconnect between the recording, canvas editing, and exporting and is taking that into consideration as we move forward. There is a new tutorial onChoosing Dimensions for Quality Video Production that addresses some of these issues. Another good tutorial is the video on Editing Essentials: What You Really Need to Know. You can skip to 0:43 if you just want to hear about setting the canvas for production.

Hope this helps, and again, please know that we value your feedback and do consider it as we plan for the future.

Andrea Perry
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