Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Add motion to a photo, part of Media Composer 8.7 Essential Training: 110.
- [Instructor] For this chapter I've created a Chapter 8 folder. In amongst our projects you can see that listed here. Just browse to the folder and you should find this high resolution project waiting for you. It's quite likely you'll be working with some high resolution photos at one time or other and you'll want to manipulate those and perhaps even animate their appearance. I've got a sequence here called Animate A Photo, I'm going to duplicate that, cmd+D or ctrl+D on Windows and I'll work on a complete version.
And I've already imported a photo here by linking. Just toggle over to the finder here, or Explorer on Windows. I've got a .JPEG and I just dragged this into Media Composer with the Alt key held down to link rather than ingesting it. Now there are a few ways of working with still images. In this lesson we're going to look at the Avid pan and zoom effect. And next we'll check out FrameFlex so you can see how they compare. I'm just going to double-click first of all to open this up so you can see the photo.
And right away, there's something curious going on here. Because I know that this image is not 16x9. But by default Media Composer displays it that way. So let's take a look. I'm going to drag this into my sequence. I'm going to go to my effects and up here I've already typed in pan and I'm looking for the Avid pan and zoom effect, which I'm not going to drag onto this still image, but instead I'm going to drag onto this blank space on my video two track. Also, I need to make sure I turn on monitoring for this track.
Where right now you can see, well there's nothing there. I'm going to go to my effect mode. Here we go, I'm going to click at the top left of the timeline now, and we can see the settings for my Avid pan and zoom effect. And the first thing I need to do is import an image, so I'm going to click this button. It looks like a checkbox, but it's actually a button that allows me to browse to this same .JPEG. This is in our media folder on the desktop. I'll click open. And now we can see the image. And we're still getting this as a 16x9 image, but now we can see by comparing with the monitor on the left because remember, we're in our effect mode now, so this is a preview now, this isn't showing us the timeline.
We can see that Media Composer is going to crop the image. Right now in the effect editor, in the Avid pan and zoom effect, I'm set to display the source. And I'll just come down a little bit to the size and I'm going to zoom in quite a bit into this image. So now, what we're seeing in our preview monitor is an illustration of what will be displayed in our sequence when we come back out of this effect. We can see this right away by changing the menu at the top of the effec editor to display target.
And now you can see a little more clearly what's going on. Media Composer is cropping the image, but it's doing it in a way that allows you easy control to adjust what's displayed and what's not. I can change the size, I can change the position. Just dragging here. And in this view, where I'm displaying the target, I can click this controller in the center of the image to change the part of the image that I'm viewing. Notice that automatically I've added a keyframe here, which I didn't really want to do, but it's happened automatically.
So to be on the safe side, I'm going to hold the Alt key and I'm going to click and drag this keyframe to the start of the clip. So if I decide to animate or make any changes to this, I can do so pretty easily over time. What's nice about the Avid pan and zoom effect, and this by the way is particularly for working on still images or graphic content, is if we look further down there's controls to ease in and out and create a curve for any motion that we apply.
We can also specify a background color and so on. I'm going to go back up to the top and I'm going to change this to display source and I'm going to add an animation for this image. So I have a keyframe here, I'm going to click and add another keyframe, and click and add another keyframe, and then I'm going to click to the end and add another. And at the end I'm going to drag up along the road here so we change our viewpoint. But I've got a problem because I've just changed the last keyframe, but what I really want is for the image to be still for a while and then move and then be still for a while.
But I've changed the last keyframe. So, remember it's easy to copy and paste the contents of keyframes. I'm going to press cmd+C here on Mac OS, that'll be ctrl+C on Windows. I'm going to select this third keyframe and I'm going to paste with cmd+V or ctrl+V on Windows. And now as I scrub through in my effect preview monitor, I can see what's going to happen. So, let's go back to our timeline. I'm going to click on the time code bar here to come out of effect mode and let's see how this plays.
But I've made a mistake. What I'm getting is still this preview. And that's because if I go back to my effect editor I forgot to change my display. There are times where you'll want to do this, you'll want to perhaps playback and listen to music and incorporate all the layers of video to get a sense of whether you're incorporating the right part of the image or not. But actually, on this occasion I just need to change this display to target, go back to my sequence, and let's take a look.
As you saw it's a gentle ease in by default and of course you can change that. And what's great about linking to media in this way, using the Avid pan and zoom effect, is Media Composer keeps the full original resolution of the image and you can pan and zoom around it in this way. So that's using the Avid pan and zoom effect to animate inside of a still image. And again the key difference here is that you don't import the image you access it via the effect.
- Importing and transcoding media
- Creating a group clip
- Syncing picture and sound clips
- Making quick edits such as stringouts
- Recutting a scene
- Creating subsequences
- Pacing a scene with Media Composer's trim tools
- Mixing sequence audio
- Working with high-res media
- Retiming video
- Nesting effects
- Keying video
- Animating titles and graphics
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/13/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Media Composer 8.7, 8.8, and 8.9.