Pan and Zoom Within Avid Media Composer

Have you decided to use the Pan and Zoom within Avid Media Composer effect? Using the popular pan zoom effect with Avid Media Composer is one of the most daunting tasks for most Avid users. This is because it is relatively complicated if you do not know how to handle it. The pan and zoom effect can produce similar effects to those used by renowned directors. The pan zoom effect simulates the effect known as motion-control-camera, used with zoom in pictures to enhance the smoother motion. Here are steps on how to use pan and zoom within Avid Media Composer

Step 1 - Find High Resolution Image

It is important to remember that using high resolution images is necessary if you want to have better results. Don't import the images into the Avid Composer software, but leave it on the desktop or your images folder.

Step 2 - In the Avid Composer Software

When entering the Avid Composer Software you will need clip one for the sequence. This is necessary for placement purposes. The content of the particular clip is not important, since you will be using it for timing and placement. A good clip to use for this purpose should run 2-5 sec.

Step 3 - Use the Avid Effect Palette

You should go to the Avid effect palette and click on the pan zoom option which is found at the images category. Place it on the dummy clip you chose earlier for the sequence. Then you should find the effect editor button which can be found at the timeline window, at the upper left corner. Click on it and open the effect editor.

Step 4 - Using the Effect Editor

Once you are in the effect editor, you should click the file "open the dialog box" and find the hi-res image or file you want to use with the Pan Zoom effect. Once you click on it, you will see the image in the Avid composer.
Step 5 - The Zoom Slider

Using the zoom slider effect will enable you to zoom to your image. Once you click on it you will see the bounding box, which represents the idea of what the viewer should be able to see. There are 2 key frames at the composer. They are 2 small triangles found both at the beginning and the end of the video clip. Once the key frame is active, it is colored in pink. You can press the first key and then manage the zoom-slider until you zoom in on the target image. You should press the last key frame in order to expand the target area and reveal more parts of the video images. Then you should click on the settings until you see the "target" option and watch the output. The image should still look clear without annoying pixels.

Extra Tip

Remember to adjust the Pan and Zoom filtering parameters of the software to something other than the "real time" option. This will enhance the quality of the final video and output. Keep in mind that it is important to work in the source mode while creating the motion path and then toggle to Target for the final output.