for My Close-Up
Using Video Action
RT to Pan/Zoom on Stills
At the moment, a very popular effect
in video production is a pan/zoom on a still image. This effect
allows what could potentially be a static part of your project
to become very eye-catching. So, how do you do it?
First, drag your image onto the
Next, enter the Video Effects
interface either by hitting the FX button on the toolbar
or by right clicking on the clip and choosing Video Effects.
Under Available Filters,
double-click on RT Perspective.
Enable key framing by clicking
on the Key Frames box. Now you can begin to manipulate
the appearance of the image. First you must decide how you want
the image to look initially. As an example, set the following
Image Size: X=1.245 Y=1.245
Image Rotation: X=0 Y=0 Z=21
Image Position: X=0 Y=0 Z=0
Then, to execute a pan or a zoom,
slide the key frame cursor to a point near the end of the percentage
ruler (80% is usually a good place*). Now, zoom or pan to the
desired position on the clip using the Position and Image
Size controls. Holding shift while using the Image Size
control will keep the aspect of the image. If you are feeling
really creative, give the movement a slight rotation by changing
the Z-axis readings under the Rotation control at the
second key frame. Somewhere between (-/+)10 and (-/+)22 is usually
an effective amount of rotation. (Right-clicking on the rotation
sphere will produce change only along the Z-axis.) Set
the second key frame values as:
Image Size: X=2.605 Y=2.605
Image Rotation: X=0 Y=0 Z=-11.5
Image Position: X=.215 Y=-.48
*The reason you probably wont
want to set the key frame cursor all the way to the end of the
percentage ruler is because you will normally want the clip
to "settle" before it ends. When the movement goes
until the end of the clip, it does not give the clip closure.
Hit Play to preview your
work. If you are happy, hit OK to return to the Video
Effects interface. If you think you would like to use the
effect again, save it. To do this, click the Save FX Macro
Give the effect a file name (and
a title and description if desired) and save it as and *.flt
When you load this effect for future
clips, minor adjustments will have to be made in both Image
Size and Image Position values, but the basic integrity
of the effect will remain in place.
Now hit OK on the Video
Effects interface and return to the timeline.
This effect will be sure to add
plenty of visual appeal to your next project. Enjoy!
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