Why is the preset 1080 ScreenFlow canvas actually 2880 x 1800?

I recorded a movie of a slideshow in the preset 1080 screen size and that worked fine.

However, I exported a slide to fill in a gap at 1920 x 1080 and not only was it too small (Image 1 - direct import), it was the wrong proportion (Image 2 - scaled import).

PPT wants to keep its proportions so will only allow exports of 2880 x 1620, which won't fill the canvas when imported either. 

What do you do to be able to work with imported slides this way – I can't be the first to run into this issue.


If there's a helpful tech note or user manual page, I'd be happy for a pointer to it. In fact, it might have other relevant info that will come in handy.


Thanks for your help!

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  • It's not clear what your workflow was.
    If your document is set to 1920x1080 and you capture a Retina screen for example, you'd have to scale that to fit into the 1920x1080 document. If your screen capture isn't 16:9 then you will either have to crop or you will have black bars. Your export settings must also be 1920x1080. 

  • Hey Craig, 

    Thanks for the reply. 

    My issue is really simple: the MacBook doesn't natively support the 16:9 aspect ratio, which is why I was getting the 2880 x 1620 custom canvas size when I recorded a slideshow at full screen.


    The solution I found is also simple: I installed the free app EasyRes from the Apple Store and was able to change the resolution to a 16:9 ratio for video recording. Thanks to Chris Miles for developing this gem and posting details (http://easyresapp.com/.)


    It's much, much simpler and easier to do this at the front end (recording) than at the back end (editing or exporting) of the process.


    Hope this helps.

  • William R. EasyRes would work although not officially supported. If it "breaks" at some point (most likely due to an OS change) you could just buy an inexpensive 1920x1080 monitor and screen record that.

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