How To Do the Pan and Scan Effect

Learning various effects, such as the pan and scan effect, when recording videos will make your videos look much more professional. It's important to learn as many different effects as possible so that you can film lots of different types of videos. You will slowly start to build up a library of different skills, which can be useful for different situations.

Once you learn how to master the pan and scan effect it should be much easier to make professional looking videos which are look great. This will also make it much easier to sell your services to people. You should also earn a much better reputation because people are more impressed with your skills.

This effect is also known as the Ken Burns effect and is a great way to include still images in your video productions. You will need to add these effects by using computer software. Many different types of video software including iMovie, Pinnacle Studio and Final Cut Pro are capable of creating the effect, among many others. This tutorial will use iMovie, although the process is basically identical for other pieces of software you might want to use.

Step 1: Importing the Photo

Load iMovie and open your video as you normally would. You will then need to import the still photograph into your project. Click on the Photo button, which is located at the bottom area on the right hand of the screen. If your image is already loaded in iPhoto, then importing it will be easy as it will be displayed as a thumbnail. If not, you will need to browse and find it as normal.

Step 2: Photo Display Time

There is a slider which has a picture of a hare at one end and a tortoise at the other. This can be used to adjust the length of time that the photo will be displayed on the screen for.

Step 3: Zooming

There is a zoom control which is located just above the time control. This can be used to zoom in and out of the photograph.

Step 4: Pan and Scan

Adding the pan and scan effect in Movie is very simple because there is a check box specifically for this effect. Simply check the "Ken Burns" effect check box.

Step 5: Applying Zoom

Zoom can be applied by clicking start and then adjusting the zoom slider. This will change how the photo moves throughout the video.

Step 6: Pan

To apply pan effects to the image, you should click the start button and then click and drag the mouse on the preview window to adjust where the scan is displayed. Once you have finished this, click the finish button and move to another point. This will cause the photo to open centered and then move in the directions that you have selected.

You can experiment by combining both pan and zoom effects together in one movement. This will create an interesting video effect for still photos.

Step 7: Placing the Photo

Now it's time to place the still photo on the timeline by clicking on it and dragging it down onto the timeline. This might take a few seconds to complete because it will need to be rendered.

Step 8: Playing the Effect

After the rendering is completed, you can then move the play head back to the start of the track and start playing it again. You should be able to see the pan and scan effect working as it will appear in the finished project.

Any further edits can be done exactly if it was a normal video clip. This means that it doesn't require any special treatment.