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How to Make Eye Zoom Transition Effect with Filmora

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Jan 29, 23, updated Dec 05, 23

What is an eye zoom transition effect? It's a close-up video effect allowing viewers to transit to the next clip from the eye. This effect is commonly used by musicians and travel bloggers to give their videos a more cinematic feel. So, without wasting time, let's learn how to create an eye zoom transition with Wondershare Filmora.

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First, you need to create a close-up eye video. Although you can do that with your digital camera, a standard smartphone should do it just fine. Just ask a friend or family member to use your phone's rear camera to record your eye centered on the screen. Ensure that the eye is as close as possible and you don't lose focus. The camera should be around 10cm away from your face. And lest I forget, the flash should be ON.

create a close-up eye video

How to Create an Eye-zoom Transition

Step 1 Align the video clips on Filmora.

After recording a close-up eye video, add it on Wondershare Filmora and duplicate it. Alternatively, you can add the video to the first and second tracks.

align the video clips on filmora
Step 2 Add a freeze frame to the video.

Next, we want to add a freeze frame to the section where the eye opens fully. To do that, select the second video track and place the playhead where the eye is fully open. After that, right-click the video track, then choose the Add Freeze Frame option.

add a freeze frame to the video

Now trim the first video track from where the freeze frame starts on the second video. Also, cut the second video track to leave only the freeze frame

Step 3 Add a masking effect to the eye.

With the two video tracks ready, it's time to apply a masking effect. Tap the Effect tab on the top menu bar and then find the Shape Mask under the utility section. Now drag and drop the effect to the freeze frame.

add a masking effect to the eye

Double-click on the freeze frame clip to adjust the Shape Mask on the preview screen. Ensure the mask reveals the eye pupil only and check the Invert Mask box. Also, set the Feather number to 10.

double-click on the freeze frame clip
Step 4 Add the transition video.

Next, add the video you want to edit with an eye-zoom effect next to the first video track. Preview the video, and you'll notice your new video playing inside the eye mask.

With that done, move the playhead to the start of the freeze frame video and double-click the video clip to launch the settings window. Click the Animation tab before clicking Customize to see the keyframe settings. Tap the Add button to add a keyframe. Then, add a few frames using the playhead before clicking Add. But because we're zooming in, increase the scale to 160%. You can also add the rotation and position.

add the transition video

After setting the second keyframe, move the playhead to the right and add the third keyframe. This time, increase the scale number to 400%, as well as the rotation and position. Now preview the video, and you'll notice the rotating eye-zoom effect.


There you go! That's how to create an eye-zoom transition using Wondershare Filmora. Don't forget to play around with this feature-rich video editor to unlock its full capabilities. Enjoy!

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Dec 05, 23
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