In this video, learn how to use the Pan & Zoom tool to create motion paths over photos.
- [Instructor] The Pan and Zoom tool is one of a couple of ways in Premiere Elements to create the Ken Burns effect. That's the panning and zooming over a photo to make your slides or your photos come to life. Now, Adobe has added face recognition to this tool which makes the tool more automatic. but it also causes some things you may or may not like. I'm going to show you the tool in default mode, and then I'm going to show you how to override the automatic features so that you can create your motion path manually. Here on the timeline is a picture of a family. I've got that photo selected on my timeline. To launch the Pan and Zoom tool, I'm going to go over to the toolbar on the right, select the toolbox and right there at the top the Pan and Zoom tool. Here is the tool operating and it's the default function. By default, the tool will look over the photo. It will locate faces in the photo and then it will automatically create a Pan and Zoom from face to face with a one second pause at each face. Let's see what that looks like by clicking on the preview button down here in the lower right-hand corner. Close-up of dad. Close-up of mom with a one second pause. Close-up of daughter with a one second pause. If you like that, great. All you need to do is click done and you'll go back out to your timeline. But there's a couple of things about the default function of this tool that kind of make me a little bit crazy. For one thing, we don't see the whole photo. We don't see the dog. All we see are close-ups of the faces. Number two, because there's a five second pan from face to face with a one second pause at each face, our five second long photo on our timeline is now 13 seconds long. If you'd like to override those default functions and those automatic functions, here's how to do it. First, go to the lower left-hand corner and click on the settings button. Now by default, the program takes a five-second pan from keyframe to keyframe or face to face and then has a one second pause at each face. We're going to change that whole time to zero. So select that, change that to zero. So we no longer have a pause at each face. We'll click OK. And then down here in the lower left-hand corner, click on the reset button. The reset button wipes out all of the face frames that the tool by default created. Now we're back down to a five-second long clip. With the playhead at the beginning of this little timeline, we're going to create our own initial keyframe by clicking on add new frame. Now this will be the initial image for our Pan and Zoom. So I'm going to widen this just a little bit and then position it over the mom and dad. This will be our starting point for our Pan and Zoom. And you notice when we do that it creates a little bit of keyframe here at the beginning of that timeline. Move the playhead to the end of the timeline and click add new frame. We'll create another keyframe and we can create our end point for our Pan and Zoom. So I'm going to stretch that out like this. You can't make it larger than the photo but we'll make it as large as we can and we'll position it. And this will be the end point for our Pan and Zoom. So as opposed to the default mode, this is what my Pan and Zoom will look like. Move the playhead to the beginning of the timeline and then click the preview button here in the lower right-hand corner. Now to me this looks much more natural. It shows us the whole photo, it makes a statement and we see the whole family together rather than individual faces. Click done. That will take us on out to the timeline. Now it's up to you, but to me the second one looks a lot more like what a Pan and Zoom should look like. But if you want even more control over your motion path you may want to look into manual keyframing. We're going to talk about that later in the course here but if you want to use the Pan and Zoom tool, but you don't like the focus frames feature that's the way you override it.
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