How to Zoom in/out Videos in iMovie

By Jul 28,2017 11:09 am

Zoom is a technique used in television production and filmmaking to change the focal length of a zoom lens during shot. However, if you want to create a Zoom effect during shooting, you will need some highly expensive cameras and recording equipment. Fortunately, you can create a Zoom effect nowadays with some video editors, such as iMovie and Wondershare Filmora. In today’s article, we will show you how to create a pan & zoom effect (Ken Burns Effects) with iMovie and iMovie alternatives.

Part 1: Best iMovie Alternative for Zooming in/out Videos

Wondershare Filmora is a multifunctional video editor for both Windows and Mac users that will enable you quickly and easily make a zoom in and zoom out video add and customize animation for still images. It also supports to add some special effects, audios, background music, text and titles, transitions and more to your video footage. Watch the tutorial below about how to make a pan and zoom effect within one minute. Download Filmora and make a pan & zoom effect right now.

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The steps of making a Pan & Zoom effect in Filmora Mac is similar to that of Filmora Windows.

  • After dragging the video and image to the timeline, right click the video/image and select Crop and Zoom.
  • In the popup window, select Pan and Zoom option. Set the start and end area as you need, and then click OK to save the settings.

Filmora Mac Pan Zoom

Want to know more about Filmora? Do not miss the video below to check out what Filmora can do for you.

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Part 2: How to zoom in/out video in iMovie on mac and iOS device

Zoom in/out video in iMovie on mac

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You can follow the given steps for zooming in a video with iMovie.

  • The first step begins with launching the iMovie program and then choosing the iMovie project that you wish to zoom.
  • After this, tap “crop” button present on the top of the project workplace to see the video editing effects i.e. Kens Burns, fit and crop.
  • Now select the “kens burns” and this will bring up two rectangles i.e. red and green.
  • iMovie Pan Zoom

  • Place one rectangle at the ending point of zoom and other one on starting point. If you will drag the any of the corners of rectangle back and forth then the size of rectangle can also be changed.
  • Click on “play” button to preview the Ken burns effect. If you are satisfied then hit on “done” button to apply the effect.

Related: How to Crop and Rotate Photos/Videos in iMovie

Zoom in/out video in iMovie on iOS devices

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The steps that you need to follow are the following:

  • The first and foremost thing is to click on iMovie application and choose the required video to add zoom effect.
  • Now select the frame of your own choice.
  • Click the crop icon and choose the Ken Burns effect.
  • iMovie for iPhone Zoom

  • Resize the rectangles in a similar way as that of MacBook.
  • After this, preview the video and make suitable adjustments if needed.
  • Once you are satisfied with effect, click on “done”. In this way, effect will be applied to your clip.

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Part 3: Tips for creating an amazing video zoom effect

IF you want to create a stunning video zoom effect during shooting, check out the following tips given below:

1.Moving the camera manually

You can move your camera manually away or towards your subject if your camera is not allowing you zoom when the shutter is open or you do not possess a zoom lens.

2.Keep your camera still

The movement of the camera can greatly affect your shot while utilizing a slow shutter speed. You can prevent camera shake by setting your camera on a still surface or using a tripod.

3.Focus on smooth zooming

You have to lay stress on ‘smooth zoom’ for getting fine smooth lines in your photo. A lot of practice is needed for mastering this technique.


Any kind of light whether it is neon sign or city light play an important role in zoom effect. Lights can produce stunning effects if they are applied effectively.

5. Reverse zooming

If you have a moving object then zooming in on a subject can provide better results in comparison to zooming out. So you should try this experiment also.

Related: How to Reverse Video in iMovie

6.Partial zoom

You can also zoom partially as some zoom lenses have broad focal length.

Related: How to Add Video Effects in iMovie

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