It’s an often asked question: “What size of image should I use in my shows?”

The best answer is to use the original image at its default dimensions. Then, if you need to crop, for whatever reason, you can use either a mask or the ProShow crop feature. If you are NOT going to pan the image within the mask … and zoom in or out on the layer, the ProShow crop feature is your best bet.

ProShow’s crop feature is quite limited. If you know the target aspect that you want for the layer, you must be the one to come up with the associated crop dimensions. Up through the latest release of ProShow (v6.0.3104), there is no way to define an aspect and get associated crop numbers. However, it does allow you to enter any number you want and then to drag the crop region around the preview region.

Cropping Dimensions, How to do it.
When you do the math yourself, the resulting axis dimension value should be a number that is smaller than the original. If it is larger, you need to calculate the crop dimension for the other axis.

  • Target axis. X-Axis = Tx. Y-Axis = Ty.
  • Layer axis. X-Axis = Lx. Y-Axis = Ly.
  • Cropped axis. X-Axis = Cx. Y-Axis = Cy.

If we set both of them as equal to each other : Tx/Ty = Lx/Ly
So, the target X-Axis corresponds to the layer X-Axis and the target Y-Axis corresponds to the layer’s Y-Axis.

So, to calculate the desired crop region, we need to search for the new width or new height for the layer. So to find the cropped width use the following equation:


If the target aspect is 2:3 and the layer aspect is 4672:3104 then,

Cx = 3104(2/3) = 2069.33

Therefore, the 4672:3104 layer that is cropped to a 2:3 aspect has cropped dimensions of 2069:3104

Note that if the cropped height had been looked for, we would use the following  equation:


When the layer dimensions are entered, this is the result:

Cy = 4672(3/2) = 7008.

Note that the layer’s original height is only 3104. You cannot crop (cut away) any part of a layer when the crop dimension requires a larger size than what the original layer has … it’s simply impossible!
SUMMARY. To find the cropped layer’s
• WIDTH for a given height, use this equation: Cx = Ly(Tx/Ty)
• HEIGHT for a given width, use this equation: Cy = Lx(Ty/Tx)

© Copyright 2014, Dale L Fenimore, FPVP 141217-1305

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