Video clips you want to use in a project can sometimes contain important details you'd like to highlight. In these situations, the best option you have is to zoom in on that detail and make it clearly visible to the viewer. Besides, zooming in or zooming out of a shot can produce a nice visual effect that might impress your followers on social media. You don't have to be a seasoned video editor in order to create this effect, so in this article, we are going to show you how you can, zoom in or zoom out videos in just a few simple steps.
How to Zoom in or Zoom Out Videos in Adobe Rush
Adobe Premiere Pro is probably one of the best if not the best video editing software ever created because it enables its users to perform even the most demanding video editing tasks. However, Adobe Rush, an app released only a couple of months ago doesn't have the versatility and capabilities of its famous predecessors.
The app lets you transform, rotate or crop video clips, but it doesn't offer a way to create a pan and zoom effect. If you have a Creative Cloud subscription you can open the project you started in Adobe Rush in Adobe Premiere and make the so-called Ken Burns effect, but this subscription model can burn a hole in your budget.
Wondershare Filmora offers a more economical solution as it lets you zoom in or zoom out of videos effortlessly, and it is more affordable than Adobe's subscription plans. Let's have a look at how you can make a pan and zoom effect in Filmora.
Using Filmora to Zoom in or Zoom out Videos
After you import a video clip and place it on the timeline, you should click on it to select it and then click on the Crop and Zoom icon that is located on the software's toolbar. You can also just right-click on the clip and select the Crop and Zoom option from the menu.
The Crop and Zoom window that lets you switch between Crop and Pan&Zoom tabs will pop up on the screen. The Crop tab will be selected by default, so you have to switch to the Pan&Zoom tab before you can proceed to zoom in or zoom out of a video clip.
The outer or the Start rectangle helps you define the area where the zoom is going to start, while the inner End rectangle designates the section of the shot where the zoom should stop. You can either drag one of the handles of the rectangles displayed in the Preview Window to adjust the start and end positions of the zoom in effect or you can select one of the preset aspect ratios from the Ratio menu. The Height and Width boxes show you the resolution of the selected area, so if for example, you select the entire screen as the starting point of the zoom in effect, the values in the Height and Width boxes will display the video's original resolution. After selecting and readjusting the inner rectangle the values in the Height and Width boxes will display the resolution of the selected area of the frame.
Clicking on the Swap the Start and End Areas icon that is located above the OK and Cancel buttons will enable you to create the Zoom out effect. You first have to define a small section of the screen where the effect is going to start and then use the End rectangle to designate a portion of the shot where the Zoom out is supposed to stop. Click on the Play button to preview the video before confirming the changes you made to the footage by clicking on the OK button.
Drawing the audience's attention to a tiny detail and then slowly zooming out until they can see the entire shot can be an effective opening of a video. However, creating the zoom out effect is still not possible within the Adobe Rush application, and you must have access to Premiere Pro in order to zoom in or zoom out of videos you edit with Adobe Rush. Filmora's Pan&Zoom feature, on the other hand, lets you create the Ken Burns effect in just a few clicks.
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