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Incorporating still images

From: Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

Video: Incorporating still images

A common technique in documentary is working with still photos and adding a little bit of animated motion to make them dynamic and interesting. I want to show you how to do this technique, but I am starting in a blank project, so we can really just focus on this with no distractions. Now, I have to add my photo from the Exercise Files. There it is, Vase.jpg. And the situation here--and it happens from time to time-- is we have a photo that's taller than it is wide, and that doesn't work very well in the widescreen format.

Incorporating still images

A common technique in documentary is working with still photos and adding a little bit of animated motion to make them dynamic and interesting. I want to show you how to do this technique, but I am starting in a blank project, so we can really just focus on this with no distractions. Now, I have to add my photo from the Exercise Files. There it is, Vase.jpg. And the situation here--and it happens from time to time-- is we have a photo that's taller than it is wide, and that doesn't work very well in the widescreen format.

The solution is going to be to animate, so that we start with the framing at the bottom and we tilt up to the top. Let's add it to our timeline. And I want to select it and go to our Pan and Zoom tool. As you can see, this is like a mini application, made especially to make these types of animations. I am going to start by clearing the premade frames, because they don't really do what I want and I want to start from scratch. Now, I am going to add New Frame at the beginning.

Of course, I want this to start at the bottom. And I want it to go all the way across the width of the image-- something like that--and I don't want it to hold for one second. My goal is to make this tilt up, go end-to-end on this photo, and then essentially it will be a piece of video that I can cut with into any sequence I want. So no hold. And now I need a frame at the end.

Again, New Frame. This time we want it up top. The sizes match, and we still don't need a hold. To preview what we've done, we can just Play Output. Since that's pretty much exactly my intention, we say Done. And if we want to get a full quality look, of course, we have to render.

So, just tap Return. We've taken this still image and made a dynamic piece of video from it that will work much better in a timeline that we put it in. Using still photos is going to depend a lot on your project. In some projects it would be an absolute necessity. Sometimes you'll have so much good video that it doesn't really add anything to use photos. But if you use them, it's a lot of fun and creates interest if you can also animate them.

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