Feature request – move video on canvas, zoom in on video

HelpdeskCategory: QuestionsFeature request – move video on canvas, zoom in on video
Daniel Maxwell asked 4 years ago

Is there any way to manually edit the video size from within ClipScribe? Meaning, I upload a 1920×1080 video, but with the heading bar on top and the captions bar on the bottom, I’d love to be able to zoom in a little bit, or otherwise slighly edit the size and location of the video on the canvas.

Is that possible? Here’s a quick video explanation: https://a.cl.ly/Blu5nZjr

3 Answers
Craig Staff asked 4 years ago

Hey Daniel,

Not just yet. You’re the first one to request this actually, so let me look into it and see how we can add it.

But at the moment, you would need to make corrections like this in a traditional video editor.

If you can let me know what platform you are on i.e. (iOS, Mac OSX, Windows 10, Android), I can make a recommendation.

  • Craig
Daniel Maxwell asked 4 years ago

Thanks, Craig. I appreciate your responsiveness.
My video editors are on Mac and use Final Cut Pro X.
I’m on a Windows, and don’t have a great solution – so I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Craig Staff replied 4 years ago

Ok, second question then, what are you shooting your videos with? Is it a cell phone or a traditional video camera or SLR?

Daniel Maxwell asked 4 years ago

I’m admittedly a video rookie — but I’m shooting with a Canon M50. I can certainly zoom in on the original video and fix some of the issues — but in the past we’ve used Kapwing which allowed us to modify the zoom and location, so I wasn’t quite as worried about it.

Craig Staff replied 4 years ago

Ok gotcha. I was going to say if you are shooting on a mobile device, it is much easier. Unfortunately, if you are shooting with a traditional camera, it does require you to bring the video into some editing software.
This may not seem to help, but one of the best pieces of advice any video pro has ever gotten is, don’t “Fix it in post.” This is a phrase video folks hear and it means, don’t worry too much about your video shooting because you can fix it in the editor.

It’s a terrible phrase really. It’s much better to get it right in production as much as humanly possible. So, not using that as a cop-out, but this is something I am still to this day reminding myself every time I shoot a video. It will just make your life easier in the long run.

As far as free Windows software that will allow you to quickly and easily crop a video, I am not sure…. I always used Adobe products on PC.

ClipScribe was never meant to completely replace a video editor, but it is very close to doing that for specific types of videos and my goal is to make it so that if people are creating social media content, they don’t need to go through a pre-edit.

Let me see what I can do on my end. It’s a feature I would like to add anyway. I can’t say it will be immediate, but I don’t have a huge list of mods that are urgent at the moment, so give me a week or two.

– Craig