iMovie (2013): Add the Ken Burns effect

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Add the Ken Burns effect

The Ken Burns effect, which is an animated zoom effect you can customize, can be applied to any video clip or photo in your movie. The Ken Burns effect is also applied automatically when the flash and hold effect is applied to a clip. For more information about the flash and hold effect, see Add video and audio effects.

Add the Ken Burns effect to a clip or photo

  1. In the timeline, select the clip you want to add the Ken Burns effect to.

  2. Click the Adjust button in the toolbar.

    Figure. Adjust button in the toolbar.

    The adjustments bar appears above the clip in the viewer.

  3. To show the cropping controls, click the Cropping button.

    Figure. Cropping button in the adjustments bar.
  4. Click the Ken Burns button.

    Two frames, labeled Start and End, appear over the clip in the viewer.

  5. Do either or both of the following:

    • To set the crop at the beginning of the clip: Select the Start frame, and then drag and resize it until the beginning of the clip is framed the way you want.

    • To set the crop at the end of the clip: Select the End frame, and then drag and resize it until the end of the clip is framed the way you want.

    Figure. Viewer showing start and end frames over the clip.
  6. To apply the change, click the Apply button Figure. Apply button. to the right of the cropping controls.

    When the clip is played back, it’s cropped at the beginning of the shot as set by the Start frame, and appears to zoom in or out based on how the End frame is cropped.

    To remove the change, click the Reset button Figure. Reset button..

Published Date: Mar 23, 2018
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