Making Engaging Videos in Camtasia 9: Zoom & Pan

This article shows you how to use the Zoom & Pan tool in Camtasia 9.

Camtasia 9 is available for free to UW-Stout faculty and staff for loading onto their computers issued by UW-Stout

PC users should go their Software Center desktop app and install Camtasia 9. Instructions on using software center for PC are located here.

Mac users can use Self Service to install Camtasia 9. Instructions on how to install for a Mac are located here.



Standard screen recordings may be difficult for some users to follow because buttons, menus, and other items appear very small. To prevent problems with your videos, you can use the Zoom & Pan tool. The Zoom & Pan tool enables you to zoom in on items to make them easier for users to see.



After you have made a recording and opened it in Camtasia Studio, you are ready to start using the Zoom & Pan tool.To begin, find a place in your video where you'd like to zoom in to show more detail.

playhead moved to spot in video where zooming should start






Then go to the Animations tab on the left menu and click it. 

animations tab in left menu






After you click it, make sure you're in the Zoom & Pan area.

ensure that you're in the Zoom & Pan area






Click and drag one of the circles on the bounding box and keep dragging until you get it zoomed to the point that you want it to be. You can also use the Zoom slider or change the number in the percentage box to zoom in.

zooming in






Now if you want to pan, you can click inside the box and drag it up or down, or in any direction that you choose.

moving the bounding box to create pan effect







Once you've done this, you'll see on your timeline that you have an arrow that indicates motion and if you use the Playhead, you can move back to see where it started and where it ends up.

arrow in timeline that indicates motion






Now that you are zoomed in, you might wonder how to zoom back out again.  If you move your Playhead over to the right and click on the Scale to Fit button, it will take it back down to regular size, and you'll see you've go another arrow here that indicates the motion, going from large to small.

secpnd motion arrow on timeline






Now, if you want to make these arrows be longer or shorter, all you have to do is click and drag them. So, you could make it zoom in very quickly to the point you want and then, Zoom back out very slowly.

arrow extend to lengthen zoom out time


If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Technology Consultant for your college.

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Keywords:camtasia, camtasia 9, camtasia help, camtasia tutorials, best practices in camtasia, camtasia zoom, camtasia pan, camtasia tools   Doc ID:76023
Owner:Rich B.Group:UW Stout
Created:2017-08-24 13:11 CDTUpdated:2017-08-24 16:00 CDT
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