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How To Zoom In Premiere Pro

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The zoom-in effect is one of the most popular things you can do in Premiere Pro. It’s one of the coolest effects and you can include it in many videos, whether as a transition or to create a dramatic effect. 

There are two ways you can do it, depending on what you want from your video. 

Let’s go ahead and see how you can zoom in in Premiere Pro.

Method 1

The first method is the most basic thing you can think of. 

1. Open your project

In this step, you will want to open your project, load your video footage and add it into the timeline.

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2. Go to “Effects Controls”

The next step is to go into the “Effects Controls” tab, under “Motion” and simply change the “Scale” value and adjust using key points to get the results you want.

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3. Save Your Project

After you’re done editing, all you need to do is save your project! This way, you can make a very simple zoom in effect and make your footage a little more dramatic. Of course, there’s also the cool way, which involves motion blur, and making a very cool transition.

Method 2

The second method involves adding an effect to one of your clips, making the transition seem more realistic. 

1. Add The “Transform” Effect

The first thing you need to do is go into your Effects tab. Open the “Video Effects” menu, go all the way to “Distort” and then drag and drop the “Transform” effect to your video, or simply type “Transform” into the search box, and then drag and drop. 

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2. Adjust The Controls

After your effect is added, you should be able to see its controls under “Effects Controls.” For this zoom in effect, you first need to uncheck the “Use Composition’s Shutter Angle” box, and then work with the scale and shutter angle. 

180 shutter angle is the best to use if you want normal motion blur. This means that the shutter speed will always be double your frame-rate, for example – 25fps footage being filmed with a 180 shutter angle will be 1/50 shutter speed. You will want to match the shutter angle on the effect to the shutter angle the footage was shot with, so the motion blur is the same.

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Just like before, you will need to set a few key points. The first one should be exactly where you want your zoom effect to start. In general, the whole transition can happen in a matter of three to four seconds, so you can have your keypoints two seconds apart. If you’re using it as a transition, make sure to do the exact same thing, but mirrored, on your second clip. This means that you should start the footage zoomed in, and have it going back to normal in a few seconds. 

3. Save A New Preset

If you’re planning to use this new transition a couple more times, you can easily save it as a preset and have it on hand whenever you need it!

If you also pair it up with a custom sound effect, such as a camera shutter, your zoom in transition will be absolutely perfect. 

It’s actually not hard to zoom in on Premiere Pro, and you can create amazing transitions in a matter or seconds! Remember that you can always contact us for any information you need!

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