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Chapter 6. Working with Effects > Creating a Pan and Zoom Effect

Creating a Pan and Zoom Effect

I’m the designated shooter in all family events, so I’m hardly ever in the actual video, which gets old after a while. Fortunately, the Georgia Aquarium offers a photo service that can shoot the whole group, which I gladly purchased. Now let’s integrate that shot into the video using Premiere Elements’ new Pan and Zoom tool.

Click the Project tab to enter Media view. Click to select aquarium.jpg; then right-click the image, and choose Run Auto-Analyzer. This allows Premiere Elements to detect the smiling faces in the image.

In the My Project panel, click Sceneline () to enter Sceneline view. Drag and release aquarium.jpg atop Clip02.mp4 (the Weedy Sea Dragons) to insert the still image before that video clip. Note that you can perform these edits in Timeline view, but I thought Sceneline was better to illustrate where I inserted the image.

In the My Project panel, click the Pan and Zoom icon () to open the Pan and Zoom tool.

In the upper-left toolbar in the Pan and Zoom tool, click Face Frames (). This tells Premiere Elements to create a project that pans to all faces in the project.

On the bottom of the Pan and Zoom tool, click Play Output () to watch the effect. It’s a good start, but I’m not sure we want to zoom in that close. Let’s explore how the tool works and then make some adjustments.

The basic unit of operation of the Pan and Zoom tool is the focus frame, and the tool creates motion by moving from focus frame to focus frame. If your image has faces, like aquarium.jpg, Premiere Elements will insert a focus frame around each face after analyzing the image. If there are no faces, you insert the focus frames manually by clicking the area in the frame that you want to focus on.

The focus frames in the image are presented in the thumbnail view at the bottom of the dialog. You can change the order by dragging the thumbnails into the desired order. Click Play Output to preview the Pan and Zoom effect at any time.

Once created, you can control the size of the focus frames. You can also control the pan duration, or how long it takes to move from one focus frame to another, as well as hold time, which is the duration that the effect stays on that focus frame.

A. Zoom controls for the image. B. Clear frames. C. New frame. D. Face frame. E. Hold time. F. Delete frame. G. Zoom controls for focus frame. H. Resize handlers for focus frame. I. Focus frame number. J. Pan duration. K. Focus frame markers. L. Focus frame thumbnails.


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