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Sometimes the frame you filmed needs a little nudge. Guide your viewer’s eye with zoom effects in {{premiere-pro}}.

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A before and after images of a surfer. The after image is more zoomed in than the before image.

Zooming is an editor’s best friend.

Zooming, or more accurately, scaling, is increasing the size of the image or clip you’re working with. Zooms are a versatile tool for filmmakers — perfect for making minor adjustments to a shot or showcasing still photographs in documentary films. Premiere Pro gives you everything you need to make compelling post-production zoom effects.
An example of the Scaling feature being used, showing a menu with options for repositioning, scaling, and rotating.

Scaling in is zooming in.

What you’re actually doing when you zoom in Premiere Pro is adjusting the scale value of a shot. You can reposition, scale, rotate, and skew each frame to adjust camera movement the way you like.

Keep it focused.

While zooms are often great for animations and documentary work, you can also use them simply to adjust the look of a shot. The Sharpen tool allows you to keep things in focus while you’re at it.

An example of the Sharpen feature being used to focus the shot on a pair of surfers.
An example of the Export and Import feature being used.

Control down to the frame.

Premiere Pro allows you to tweak each frame individually so you can ensure that your zoom looks deliberate and thoughtful. Plus, you can export and import work to After Effects or Photoshop for other edits easily.

How to zoom in on a video clip with keyframes.

  • Start it:
    Select a video clip in your timeline and position the playhead where you want your zoom to start.
  • Keyframe it:
    Open the Effect Controls panel, locate the Scale and Position properties, and select the stopwatch icon, creating your first keyframe or starting point.
  • Move it:
    In the Effect Controls panel, move the playhead to the point where you want your zoom to end.
  • Zoom it:
    Adjust Scale and Position to achieve the zoomed-in position you’d like to land on.
  • Play it:
    Keyframing will automatically animate your zoom. Watch playback in real time and make any edits as necessary.
  • Ease it:
    Af the zoom seems abrupt or choppy, right-click a keyframe and use Temporal Interpolation › Ease In/Ease Out for a smooth zoom.

Why zoom in video editing?

Whether you’re scaling as a transition, to convey emotion, or to fix a problem created during filming, there are plenty of reasons to zoom in.

Covering mistakes.

Sometimes mistakes happen during filming. A frame might be slightly askew or something is in the frame that shouldn’t be. Zooms are here to help.

Animations and explainers.

Documentary films and animations often leverage the “Ken Burns effect,” a slow zoom into a still image, to add emotion and drama to a scene.


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