Some asked a similar question last week. I answered it based on my preliminary tests and I just thought it would work. but now I need very precise dimensions for my embedded animations to fit within a pre-defined placeholder.
My placeholder is 870x464 pixels. The really annoying problem with Captivate 4 is that when you are making a recording, with specific dimensions, the dimensions DO NOT take into account the slider bar and/or boarders.
My particular settings are 2 pixel boarders and I know that the custom slider bar is 25 pixels high.
Logic would then dictate that I should set my screen recording area to: (870 -(2x2)) x (464 -((2x2)-25)) which equals 866 x 435.
Unless my math is wrong, it turns out that the correct screen recording resolution should actually be: 866 x 442.
I really wish Adobe would make this a little easier and take into account the true dimensions with boarders and slider control.
When you say "Placeholder", are you meaning you have created a template and your recording placeholder is that size? Or are you meaning inside something else? Where exactly is the placeholder?
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Don't place too much emphasis on 'placeholder' I am simply referring to recording size wanted vs final recording size with added boarders and time slider.
Ulitimately, I want to place/embed an animation inside a placeholder (from template) but the purpose of this message was to discuss the most practical means of determining the final dimensions of a screen recording.
I more or less solved this issue (by recording all simulations at 866x442) but I just thought I would share my findings and see what others had to say about this.
I've got bigger problems to solve....