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Chapter 3. iMovie > The Ken Burns Effect: pan-and-zoom still photos

The Ken Burns Effect: pan-and-zoom still photos

Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker who popularized the technique of slowly panning across and zooming in or out of still photos to add motion and drama. Click the “Photos” button in the button bar to show the Photos Pane and the “Ken Burns Effect” controls.

To apply a Ken Burns effect to a still photo

1.
Click a photo in the Photos Pane to show it in the thumbnail Preview window (in the upper-right corner of the Photos Pane).

Tip

After you set the “Start” settings for a Ken Burns Effect, Option-click the “Finish” button to automatically apply the same settings to the end of the effect.

To create a perfectly aligned and smooth horizontal or vertical pan: With the “Finish” button still selected, Shift-drag the thumbnail image left or right, up or down.


2.
Click the “Start” side of the toggle button to set a start size and position. Drag the Duration slider (the rabbit and tortoise symbols) to set a duration for the photo.

3.
Inside the thumbnail Preview window, drag the thumbnail preview to a start position, then adjust the Zoom slider (the top slider) to set a zoom level (magnification) to start the effect.

4.
Click the “End” side of the toggle button to set a final size and position. Drag the Zoom slider to set a final zoom level, then drag the thumbnail preview to a final position for the end of the effect.

5.
To see the effect full-size in the Monitor, click “Preview.” Or click a photo in the Photos Pane to show it in the thumbnail Preview.

6.
Drag the photo from the Photos Pane to a position in the Timeline. Or click “Apply” to automatically place it at the end of the Timeline.


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