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How to Make a Ken Burns Effect in Adobe Premiere Rush?

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Mar 25, 2021• Proven solutions

Ken Burns effect is a video editing technique widely used by content creators. It is the process of adding digital movement to still photos including panning, zoom in, and zoom out effects. You can add the Ken Burns effect with Premiere Rush and a variety of other video editing programs. It makes the video look more dynamic and engaging.

One of the best things about the Ken Burns effect is that it allows your still photos to be used in a video without making it look too drab or boring. This particular is also much easier to understand and use which makes it ideal for beginner video editors and YouTubers who are just starting their own channel.

How to Make a Ken Burns Effect in Adobe Premiere Rush?

As mentioned above, Adobe Rush Ken Burns effect is easy to understand and use and can be learned by any beginner. By adding this particular effect to their still photos, editors can create a sense of movement for their audience, so they feel like they are watching a real video instead of a presentation filled with stationary images.

You have to keep in mind that Adobe Premiere Rush isn't targeted at professionals, so it lacks a number of advanced editing effects that you may find in fully-featured Adobe Premiere Pro. Here is how you can add the Ken Burns effect to your video using Adobe Premiere Rush.

Step 1. Image Selection

The first step is to browse the directory where your photos are stored. On the left-hand pane, you will see thumbnails of all the images you have on your computer. From here, you can select the still photos you want to include in your video. You can either select them all or pick and choose based on your preferences. You also have the option to drag them onto the timeline.

Step 2. Adding Adobe Premiere Rush Ken Burns Effect

On the top right you can see a list of icons. One of them is related to effects that you need to add the Ken Burns effect in Premiere Rush. The effects include transitions, pan and zoom, and auto reframe features. All you need to do is turn on the pan and zoom effect to apply it to the selected photos.

You have to keep in mind that Adobe Premiere Rush is for on-the-go video creation and editing. This is why currently you cannot make any further adjustments to these effects, and you have no option to make customizations. Sometimes a photo will not pan the way you want it to but as of now, you cannot do anything about it.

An Easier Solution to Adding Ken Burns Effect to Videos

If you are just a beginner content creator or YouTuber who doesn't want to deal with Adobe Premiere editing software and its high costs, then the best alternative available to you is Wondershare Filmora. It doesn't only allow you to apply the Ken Burns effect to your videos in a much quicker and easier manner, but you can also rely on a range of other creative editing features to make your videos more engaging for your audience.

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Step 1. Import Your Images / Still Photos

The first step of adding Kens Burns effect through Filmora is to import the video and photos. Drag the content into the timeline. Once you have done so, you are ready to add the Ken Burns effect to your video and photos.

Step 2. Applying the Ken Burns Effect

Double-click on your visual content whether it is a still image or video on your timeline to access the editing menu. Here, click the animation tab and pick Preset. Apply the pan and zoom preset by double-clicking or dragging it into the timeline. This will add a quick Ken Burns effect to your video.

If you want more control over the Ken Burns effect, you can rely on the crop and zoom tool window from where you can pick the pan and zoom effect. Here you will have to adjust the size and position manually using the start and end frames. This is for those editors who want a more sophisticated or customized Ken Burns effect.

Step 3. Make Adjustments & Preview

Once you have added the Ken Burns effect, you can preview the result by clicking on the play button present in the preview window. If you haven’t achieved the desired result yet, you can use the timeframes to make further adjustments.

Step 4. Save Your Video

After you are completely satisfied with the Ken Burns effect, you can save the video by clicking on the export button. You have the option to export the video in a wide range of formats including MP4, WMV, AVI, MKV, MOV, GIF, and many more. If you want, you also have the option to upload the video directly to a video hosting service like YouTube or Vimeo.

You can also use Wondershare Filmora to use many other effects to your videos including transitions, textual content, emoji packs, caption, motion tracking, green screen, and more.

FAQs about Applying Ken Burns Effect in Adobe Premiere Rush

1. Is the Ken Burns effect available in Adobe Premiere Rush?

Yes. You can use the pan and zoom feature to apply the Ken Burns effect, but it's limited as compared to Adobe Premiere Pro.

2. How easy is it to apply the Ken Burn effect in Premiere Rush?

Quite easy. You just need to add your photos and select the pan and zoom effect from the menu.

3. Can I customize and make adjustments to the result?

Unfortunately, no. Adobe Premiere Rush is designed for on-the-go editing which means you have no means to make any adjustments or customizations to the result.

4. Is there any other easy and affordable alternative to Adobe Premiere Rush?

Yes. Wondershare Filmora is an inexpensive and highly featured video editing software that allows you to add the Ken Burns effect to your videos while also enabling you to make necessary adjustments until you are satisfied.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.