How to Zoom In/Out Videos in Windows Movie Maker

By Dec 14,2016 9:19 am

Despite not offering you the capabilities of cropping the video or photo during editing, Windows Movie Maker allows the user to pan and zoom with some effects. In this article, we are going to look at how you can zoom in/out video in Windows Movie Maker to create a professional-like video. Moreover, we provide you a better way to zoom in into a specific object in your video.

How to Zoom In/Out Videos in Windows Movie Maker

In order for us to effectively learn how to zoom in/out videos in Windows Movie Make, we shall approach the editing in steps. Before we begin, it is important to note that you might require a previous version of the Windows Movie Maker - Windows Movie Maker 6.0 version .

Although you can find the Pan and Zoom Animations in Windows Movie Maker 2012, but in fact, the effect is not very obvious, you couldn’t even see the before/after difference.

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Step 1

Launch the Windows Movie Maker 6.0. If you have not yet installed the movie maker, you can go ahead and download this updated version from the link here.

Note: It is possible to have both versions (2012 and 6.0) of the movie maker at the same time.

Step 2

Import the video file from your computer’s directory (where you have saved the video.) On the version 6.0, click the ‘Import media’ option to import your video.

Step 3

Drag the video onto the timeline and then find the edit option on the left panel. There are 4 options there – "Imported Media", "Effects", "Transitions" and "Titles and Credits". You want to select the ‘Effects’ option.

 select the ‘effects’ option

Step 4

A new effects window will open, and there you will see several options such as the "ease in", "ease out" features which are essentially used for zooming. Select if you either want to zoom in/out in Windows Movie Maker using either these two options.

Step 5

Let’s say you have chosen the "ease out" option, a new window will open where you can choose from different easing out options such "zoom out from lower right", "zoom out from upper left", "zoom out from upper right" etc. In order to preview the effect, double click the option you want use.

 chosen the ‘ease out’ option

Step 6

To use a specific zoom in/out video in Windows Movie Maker effect, drag the effect onto the video. If you are not pleased with the effect, simply right click on the video, choose the "effect" option and remove it.

 choose the ‘effect’ option and remove it

A better way to zoom in/out videos –Wondershare Filmora

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While zoom in/out in Windows Movie Maker is possible, this software does not allow you to zoom specifically into a specific object. For instance, if you have a video with a person in it, when you want to zoom out/in on the individuals face, it is impossible to do so. Why? Windows Movie Maker only allows you to zoom in/out on the whole frame.

In addition to that limitation, Windows Movie Maker 6.0 version only allows you to save a video in the .wmv format. This is bad news since some platforms/application cannot play such video formats.

Moreover, uploading Windows Movie Maker edited videos directly on internet video platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo is not supported.

Luckily, Wondershare Filmora is here to save you from all these Windows Movie Maker hassle. Here’s why;

  • Allows you to zoom in/out on a specific object and not the whole frame.
  • Supports common video formats such as .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mpeg etc.
  • Allows users to save videos in different formats, unlike the one format-saving Windows Movie Maker.
  • Allows users to directly upload edited videos on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
  • Comes with advanced features such as color grading, green screen, audio mixer, split screen, etc.

Video tutorial on how to zoom in/out video with Wondershare Filmora:

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