How To Zoom In Your Footage In Premiere Pro

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In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at how to zoom in your footage and this technique is very easy to use, yet very powerful and useful

To achieve the zoom effect we will work with the scale property, and optionally the position property so we’ll need to adjust those accordingly.

So let’s jump right into it and take a look at how to zoom in Premiere Pro

How this technique works

First, we’ll import footage and bring it into our timeline. Select the footage and then go to the Effect Controls panel to access the Scale parameter, which is located under the Motion section.


From here we can control the Zoom property and optionally adjust the position as well to focus on a specific section of the video, but for changes to really take effect, we need to keyframe the property.

So to do that, we’ll move the playhead closer to the starting position and click on the stopwatch next to the size property to add a keyframe, and we’ll do that for the position property as well. Once activated, they will turn blue, which means a keyframe has been added at the current time position of the playhead.


Next, we’ll move the playhead a bit forward, increase the scale and change the position values a bit. This will automatically create new keyframes and lock them into position.


If the movement is too slow, you can always select the ending keyframes and bring them closer to the starting keyframes


So far we have achieved the desired zoom in motion, but the movement is linear and it’s lacking dynamics so what we can do it select the starting keyframes, right-click, choose “Temporal Interpolation” and select “Ease Out” and for the ending keyframes select “Ease In”.


This will create a curve, an acceleration in the motion, which will give the impression of a more natural movement of the camera

For more advanced users, you can click on the down arrow next to the scale property and this will bring down the graph editor, where you can refine the motion further by dragging the handlebars of the keyframes. This will give you much more detailed control over the overall aspect of your zoom in effect.


Taking things to the next level

We can take things further and get more of out this effect by using a slightly different technique, so let’s take a look at how that works

In the Effects menu, search for “Transform” and apply it to your footage.


Next, go to the Effect Control Panel, skip the Motion section and scroll down to the Transform category.

We will apply the exact same keyframes as before.


Next, uncheck “Use Compositions Shutter Angle” and set the Shutter Angle to 180.


This will give the look of a realistic zoom in effect, which a natural looking camera lens blur

How to turn this technique into a transition

So now that you know how to achieve the zoom in effect with the camera motion blur added, we can actually turn it into a nice transition.

Add a second clip into the timeline.

In the project panel right click and select “New – Adjustment Layer”.


Place the adjustment layer on top of the two cuts and add the transform effect to it.


We’ll keyframe the scale from 100 to 300 and set the shutter angle to 180, with the shutter angle box unchecked, similar to how to did this previously.


So this is how to create a nice looking transition using the zoom in effect and the scale property

Thanks for taking the time to read this article and stay tuned for more cool tips and tricks for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro coming soon

Remus Hosu

Remus Hosu

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