Premiere is an amazing program for editing video, but sometimes the zoom function can be a little tricky to figure out.
In this blog post, we’re going to show you how to zoom in on Adobe Premiere so that you can get the perfect shot.
Keep reading to learn more!
In Adobe Premiere Pro, how do you zoom? (Screenshots Included)
Zoom in on a Clip Using Key Frames
I’ll show you how to manually zoom with keyframes. I’d want to zoom in on the cat for this footage, beginning at 00:00:01:00 and ending at 00:00:02:00. I’ll show you two ways to accomplish this, the first by adjusting the Clip Anchor Point and Scale. Second, by adjusting the Position and Scale.
#1 Method: Use Anchor Point and Scale in Premiere Pro to zoom in.
Click on your clip to select it. When you choose it, a white border will appear around it. When this option is selected, the Effect Controls Panel should appear. If it’s not visible, go to Window > and select Effect Controls.
In the clip, select the Anchor Point. At the center of your clip, the Anchor Point will be a circle with crosshairs. Drag it to your point of attention after selecting it. I’m concentrating on the cat right now.
Set your play head to the location where you want your zoom to begin. To make the zoom more precise, I’ll set the time to 00:00:01:00. You can either write it in manually or move the play head to the appropriate time.
Next, I’m going to set the first keyframe for Scale. I accomplish this by selecting the stopwatch symbol.
Set your play head to the end of the zoom, select the diamond icon, then change the Zoom Scale setting. The new anchor point automatically focuses the zoom on the relevant region of the image. Your zoom is finished!
#2 Method: Zoom with Scale and Position in Premiere Pro.
Choose your clip.
When this option is selected, the Effect Controls Panel should appear. If it’s not visible, go to Window > and select Effect Controls.
Change the time stamp to the point at which you want your zoom to begin. We’ll begin at 00:01:00.
Start the timer to make your first Scale keyframe.
Then I’ll change the time to 00:00:02:00 and press the diamond icon to add another keyframe.
At this point, I’ll increase the Scale parameter to achieve the desired zoom level. I’ve upped the zoom to 211.0 in this case.
The scaling looks fantastic. However, the position isn’t quite ideal for me at the moment, so I’ll add another keyframe for Position. I used the stopwatch once more to create a keyframe.
Because the position is good at the start of the zoom process, I need to add another keyframe before changing the Position value. To accomplish this, press the back arrow in the Scale keyframe. The back arrow will return you to the first location. Now I’m going to set a keyframe by pressing the diamond for Position.
I moved the arrow forward to the last Position keyframe and changed its value. The x-value was modified to 1472.0. The kitten is now in the center of the frame. And there you have it: a successful zoom edit.
Interpolation of Keyframes
You have made a basic zoom using the techniques above. The keyframes are automatically set to Linear Temporal Interpolation and Auto Bezier Spatial Interpolation. You can alter the interpolation between keyframes, allowing you complete control over the animation.
There are two types of interpolation: temporal and spatial. Temporal Interpolation uses the interpolation approach to changes in motion and time, whereas Spatial Interpolation applies it to changes in shape.
Linear interpolation: Produces an evenly spaced, constant-rate change between keyframes.
The change from one state to another is abrupt.
Bezier Interpolation: Accelerates and decelerates motion at the start and conclusion of a change. Bezier Interpolation produces a more gradual start and finish.
Interpolation methods available to you include:
Linear: Motion that is consistent from start to end between keyframes. It’s jarring.
Bezier: Change the rate of acceleration at the start and end of a keyframe manually. It’s smooth.
Auto Bezier: A keyframe with a smooth rate of change, with the computer automatically changing the transition to be even as you modify the value.
Continuous Bezier: Smooth pace of change through a keyframe that allows you to manually tweak the curves. As you move one side, the computer adjusts the other to keep the action smooth.
Hold: Produces a sharp change in motion.
Ease In: Reduces the rate at which the value changes when you enter the keyframe.
Ease Out: Speeds up the value when you exit the keyframe.
As you update the keyframes, they will become the following symbols:
To modify the interpolation
Select the interpolation option by right-clicking the keyframe. In this example, I’ll alter the Position keyframe to a Bezier.
The Velocity Controls can be accessed by scrolling down the Position tab. Here, you may fine-tune the graph and Velocity to precisely tweak the keyframes.
To Make Further Changes
Move the keyframes closer together to make the zoom go faster.
Move the keyframes more apart to slow down the zoom.
To directly edit the keyframes, change a parameter here like Scale or Position, first click inside the arrows, which will align you directly on a keyframe. Then, modify the parameter’s value by either manually inputting numbers or dragging the value up/down, right/left.
Click the stopwatch symbol to clear the keyframes. Toggling off the stopwatch symbol will clear the keyframes and provide you with a blank slate.
Click the Reset button to add a keyframe with the origin parameters.
Try the Transform Effect to give your zoom effect some extra punch. This effect will make your zoom look more genuine by blurring the camera.
Navigate to the Effects Panel. If the panel isn’t visible, go to Window > Effects > check the Effects tab. Look for the Transform effect from here. To apply to your footage, select and drag.
Set your keyframes in the same manner as previously, but this time, under the Transform Effect, set the Position and Scale.
Uncheck the box here. Use Composition Shutter Angle to manually set your angle.
Part 1: Zooming in on a Clip
In Premiere Pro, digital zoom is a basic animation in which a clip is scaled up. If you want to follow along, we’ll zoom in on this clip of a coffee cup!
Keep in mind that zooming in will result in some quality loss in your footage. Use high-resolution footage for this effect for the best results.
Step 1: Determine Your Zoom’s Starting Point
1. Select a clip in your timeline and drag the playhead to the beginning of the movement.
2. Navigate to the Scale and Position properties in the Effect Controls panel.
3. To enable keyframing, click the stopwatch and create a keyframe for both Scale and Position. When keyframing is enabled, the stopwatch turns blue, and any additional changes to those parameters are recorded via keyframe.
Step 2: Make the Zoom Effect Animated
1. Move the playhead to the finish point of the movement and change the Scale and Position parameters so you’re zoomed in and framed up around your topic. As long as keyframing is enabled, new keyframes will be captured.
2. Replay it in real time and make any necessary changes. Move the keyframes closer together to speed up the movement. Move them farther apart to slow it down.
Step 3: Polish and Finish Your Zoom
1. You may observe that the action appears to start and end abruptly. Select your first keyframes and right-click for a few alternatives to create a more non-linear animation.
2. Try to Ease Out at the start of the movement and Ease In at the end.
3. To make a zoom out, just place your first keyframes at the beginning of the clip and alter the Scale and Position parameters so that the clip begins zoomed in.
Part 2: 3 Cool Zoom Effects in Premiere Pro to Try
Adobe Premiere Pro digital zooms may do more than just zoom in and out. Enhance your video with transition effects, or use a digital dolly zoom to create a visual drama.
1. Transition Effect Between Shutter and Zoom
A Shutter Zoom effect simulates the shutter of a camera, as though the camera is taking still photos and zooming in closer on the subject with each shot. It’s frequently utilized as a transition effect in journalism, investigative journalism, and true crime content.
In the example below, we’ll use this clip to achieve this effect.
Step 1: Make a duplicate of the clip on the Timeline.
1. Make as many copies of your footage as you want the effect to zoom in on. Typically, three or four cuts are sufficient.
2. Duplicate the clip by Option + dragging it straight up in the timeline (Alt on a PC).
Step 2: Increase the Size
1. In the Effect Controls panel, use the Scale property to scale up each clip somewhat more than the last.
2. While working, you can hide tracks by clicking the eyeball icon.
Step 3: Use the Transform Effect
1. Locate the Transform effect in the Effects tab and drag it to the first clip.
2. Uncheck “use composition shutter angle” and set it to 180 in the Effect Controls panel.
3. When you animate, this will cause motion blur.
To produce motion blur in a regular zoom, use the Transform effect instead of the Motion adjustment.
Step 4: Make Your Zoom Effect Animated
1. Toggle animation (the stopwatch) to set your first keyframe using the Position property under the Transform effect (not Motion).
2. Advance the playhead 4 or so frames and modify the Position property such that the clip is up and out of the frame.
3. Remove any unnecessary footage from the end of the clip.
Step 5: Repetition
1. Move the Transform effect to the next track by copying and pasting it.
2. In either the Effect Controls panel or the timeline, select the two keyframes and drag them into position directly after the first animation. Rep with the rest of the tunes.
Keyframes for the currently chosen clip will always be visible in the Effect Controls panel. To see them in the Timeline, use the Timeline handles to make the tracks larger. Select the keyframed property you want to display by right-clicking the fx icon.
3. The Timeline will appear as follows:
Step 6: Review and final tweaks on the impact
1. Replay it in real time and make any necessary changes.
2. With the addition of camera shutter sound effects, you’re nearly as excellent as the pros who edit Scandal.
2. Zoom Transition Effect with Smoothness
Smooth Zoom is a common transition effect for vlogs and other fast cuts. It’s made up of a zoom movement applied to two clips that looks to continue from one to the next.
This clip and this clip were used to produce a smooth zoom transition effect.
Add Adjustment Layers in Step 1
1. Begin by placing two clips in the timeline.
2. In your Project panel, right-click and select New > Adjustment Layer, then drag it to your Timeline.
3. Resize the adjustment layer so that it overlaps both transitional clips.
4. Copy the adjustment layer and paste it into the track above. Reduce the size of the bottom adjustment layer so that it starts with the second video clip and finishes with the top adjustment layer.
Step 2: Create a keyframe It
1. To the top adjustment layer, apply the Transform effect and keyframe a zoom that ranges from 100 to 300.
2. To add motion blur, uncheck “use composition shutter angle” and set it to 180 degrees.
3. When you play it back, it will appear a little strange, but stick with it! Turn off the top adjustment layer.
Step 3: Recreate
Locate the Replicate effect in the Effects panel and add it to the bottom adjustment layer.
Set the effect to 3 in the Effect Controls panel.
Step 4: Reflection
The following section is the most difficult. You must mirror the central image four times. Consider it as a reflection over the four lines that comprise the grid below.
Locate and apply the Mirror effect four times.
It will be displayed four times in the Effect Controls panel:
Set the Reflection Angle to 90 degrees for the initial reflection and modify the Y parameter until the line disappears between the center and bottom rows of your grid.
Set the Reflection Angle to -90 degrees for the second reflection and modify the Y parameter until the line between the top and center rows disappears.
Remember, you’re just looking at one line at a time.
Set the Reflection Angle to 180 degrees for the third reflection and tweak the X parameter until the line between the left and center columns disappears.
Set the Reflection Angle to 360 degrees for the fourth reflection and tweak the X parameter until the line between the center and right columns disappears.
Your grid should be free of sharp lines.
4. Unhide and play back your Scale adjustment layer. Make any necessary changes.
3. Zoom Dolly Effect
A Dolly Zoom effect is generated in-camera by dollying the camera forward or backward while zooming the camera lens in the opposite direction.
As a result, the background appears to scale around the motionless subject, creating a disorienting impression. One well-known example can be found in the film Jaws. To achieve this effect in-camera, you’ll need multiple people and pieces of equipment, but Premiere Pro can get you quite close.
Here’s an example of how we used this clip to make a dolly zoom effect.
Step 1: Choose a Clip
1. The key to achieving this effect is to begin with an acceptable clip. In order to move forward or backward in the space, the camera must physically move forward or backward.
2. This may be a dolly or drone movement, but it cannot be an in-camera zoom.
3. This effect works best when your footage has a clear topic, although it is not required.
Step 2: Apply the Zoom and Fine-Tune the Effect
1. This portion is simple because you already know how to make a basic digital zoom—all that’s there is to it!
2. Align your keyframes with the beginning and ending points of the dolly movement.
3. It may take a few attempts to get the scale just perfect.
4. Keep in mind that the idea is to keep your topic the same size throughout the tape.
That’s all there is to it! An Adobe Premiere zoom can help you whether you need a minor change to provide narrative function in your short video or an effect to give flair to your YouTube channel. Once you understand how to zoom in Premiere Pro, customizing the effect to work for every project in post-production is a breeze.
OUR FINAL THOUGHTS
Adobe Premiere is a powerful tool that can help you create beautiful video content. It’s important to learn how to use all of the features this software has to offer so that it doesn’t just become another program on your computer that sits unused. With these tips from our experts, we hope you’ll be able to get started and feel more comfortable with premiere pro very quickly! We would love for you to share what projects or videos have come out of using Adobe Premiere Pro in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS
How do you use Ctrl to zoom in?
How to Enlarge a Web Page in Any Browser
1. Launch your preferred browser.
2. To use a keyboard shortcut to zoom in and out, hold CTRL and press the + key to zoom in.
3. To zoom out, hold CTRL and the – key together.
In Premiere Pro, what does Ctrl W stand for?
The currently selected window is closed by pressing Command + W. It would have closed the window if you were working on your timetable. Open your saved project, then locate the sequence in the Project panel and double-click on it to re-open it.
On my pc, where is the zoom button?
In the taskbar, click the Windows icon. To access All Apps, click the down arrow in the bottom left corner. Scroll through the apps until you come to Zoom, then click Start Zoom.