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EP 31: FilmoraPro Crop & Pan

By - Nov 19, 2021 15:51 PM

In this tutorial, we'll learn how to use Crop & Pan in our clips. We'll learn what this feature is and how to apply and adjust it.

Crop lets us reframe our shots and auto-adjust it to the size of the project.

adjust size

And Zoom will let us move this cropped section along the frame.

zoom feature

Now we can already do this by transforming the scale of the clip and animating the position in scale. But this feature lets us do this in a much faster and intuitive way, especially if you're doing slideshows in a video.

pan zoom

How to Use Crop & Pan

We'll place this photo on the timeline we can see that it's much bigger than the project. If we are going to crop it, we don't need to scale at first. To apply this effect, we can find it in effects video cleanup Crop & Pan. Or we can just click on the Crop icon in the Viewer to apply it. Once we do this, we'll get into Crop Pan Mode.

pan zoom

Here we can move this rectangle to select the new framing and scale the cropping from the edges. So, if we want the frame to cover only the kid and some of the balloons, we'll place the rectangle like displayed in the video.

If we deselect the Crop Pan effect from the Controls Panel, you can see that the selection has been adjusted to the size of the project. We can select the effect to go back to Crop Pan Mode, and then we can change the framing.

In the Controls Panel, we can change the aspect ratio if we want.

change aspect ratio

If we uncheck the Auto-Zoom box, the effect will not scale or center the cropped image.

Pan Zoom Effect In-Play

Let's try the Pan Zoom effect on the other photo. We'll place it on the timeline and trim it for the duration that we want. Then we'll click the Crop icon in the Viewer. If we select Pan Zoom, we'll have two rectangles, a green and a red one.

pan zoom endpoint

The green rectangle is the starting point. We'll frame it on the person's face, and the red rectangle is the endpoint. We'll frame it on the sign. We'll click on the endpoint and play to see the result. We can see how the image moves and scales from the person to the sign.

reverse motion

If we click on the reverse motion button, we can see how the green and red rectangles switch places. Now, if we play the image, it will go from the sign to the person. A dotted line between the rectangles shows a path that the frame makes.

lightweight rectangle

If we move the playhead while in Crop Pan Mode, we can see a lightweight rectangle showing the current frame. We can click and drag from the center of this rectangle to move the playhead along with the Pan movement. We can more than one movement in a single clip by adding intermediate points.

Add More Than One Movement In Single Clip

To do that, we'll move the playhead or the rectangle to the moment where we want the intermediate point to be. And then, right-click on the screen and click on Insert keyframe. Or click on the Add Keyframe button.

add keyframe

A new white rectangle will appear. This is the intermediate point. We'll frame it on this black car. So, now the video will go from the sign to the car and then to the person's face.

We can add as many keyframes as we want. The white dotted line will help us to see the path of this Pan. Crop & Pan can also be applied to videos. We've applied Pan and Zoom to this video and added several intermediate points to keep the surfer always in the center and at the same size in the frame.

pan zoom second

While we move the playhead, you can see the rectangle of the current frame moving. Also, the previous and next keyframe is visible. Clicking on any of the keyframes will move the playhead to the corresponding moment of the timeline, making it easier to frame correctly.

In this case, if we uncheck the Auto Zoom feature, the result will be like a mask moving across the footage.

unselect zoom second

So, that's a look at how to Crop & Pan in FilmoraPro. To learn more about editing in Filmora Pro, make sure to check out other tutorials in the series. After all, there is no limit to what you can make.