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Video Geometry settings determine how the video is rendered inside the Media Screen.
Cropping allows you to create visually interesting viewports through which to show a video. The cropping area defines an area within the Media Screen. Any part of the video that lies outside of the Crop Shape area will be cropped off (not viewable).
When the Apply Crop checkbox (Figure 1) is checked, the video will be cropped to the defined Crop Area. When unchecked, no cropping will be performed.
If you change the Media Screen Size, you will need to click the Refresh button on the Media Screen Dimensions control panel to force the cropping area to be recalculated.
Select a cropping shape via the Crop Shape selector (Figure 1) in the Crop Video controls section.
Available shapes: Parallelogram (leaning) Left, Parallelogram (leaning) Right, Diamond, Rectangle, Ellipse (or Circle).
The Crop Area Tool (Figure 3a) let's you expand/contract the shape size and stretch it in horizontal or vertical directions to create custom cropping shapes. You can also relocate it's position within the Media Screen.
Open the tool, by clicking the Video Crop Area Tool button (Figure 1). Click on the Crop Shape and drag it to relocate its position. To resize it, click on the resize handle (red square at the bottom, right corner of the shape) and drag it. There is a wide variety of sizing and locating functions available on the tool bar.
For details on what the tool bar functions do, see the Resize/Relocate Tool section.
Typical desktop organization when making adjustments to Crop Area size/location; Video size/location; and Media Screen size/location.
Tools in Figure 3b (left to right): Crop Area Tool, Video Dimensions Tool, Media Screen Dimensions Tool.
Here are a few examples of how cropping can be applied. In these examples, the Media Screen Background is set to orange to clearly demonstrate the effect. When the Background is set to match the Windows Desktop color, the orange area would be effectively invisible.