Adding Zoom to Video in Final Cut Pro

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Often times when working on video projects, especially documentaries, it is hard to know exactly when a dramatic moment is going to occur in front of the camera. You may want to use a more dramatic video device for these moments, such as a slow zoom. The great thing about editing programs like Final Cut Pro is that you can actually put in this zoom during post-production.

Image Motion

To do this you take the same principles that you would in photo motion. Put the video clip into your Timeline and then select it so it goes into the Viewer. From here you can then go into the motion tab to change the way the image appears. In the Timeline, available in the motion tab, set a marker at the beginning of the clip or wherever you would like the zoom to begin. You then set a marking point at the end of the clip or where you would like the zoom to end. Here you are going to change the size of the image on the second marker only. You will do this in the left hand size numerically, which is the most precise way to do it. Go to the second marker and place a higher numerical value for this place, comparatively based on what the starting size was. Remember, the larger change in image size the faster the zoom will look. It is always best to make the zoom as slow as possible, that way it retains its dramatic appeal but does not become distracting or overly manipulative.

Using the Canvas

You can opt not to do this numerically and instead alter the image in the Canvas instead. Again, you would set your marking points and then on the second marker you would resize the image using the wire frame to make it larger. This will also create the zoom effect, just as it did in photo motion.

Be Subtle

Keep in mind that when an image gets bigger the central object of that image often changes. You may want to also slightly reposition it so the person or object your are focusing on during the dramatic event stays central. The subtler the changes you make overall the better it will end up looking.

This post is part of the series: Final Cut Pro

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  2. Final Cut Pro Certification
  3. How to Use “Photo Motion” in Final Cut Pro – Part 1
  4. How to Use “Photo Motion” in Final Cut Pro – Part 2
  5. How to Do Color Correction in Final Cut Pro
  6. How To Change Video Clip Speeds in Final Cut Pro
  7. How to Make Video Clips Black and White in Final Cut Pro
  8. How to Do Video Transitions in Final Cut Pro
  9. How to “Nest” Items in Final Cut Pro
  10. How to Import and Capture Video in Final Cut Pro
  11. Keeping Your Final Cut Pro Project Organized
  12. Video Editing – How to Crop Images in Final Cut Pro
  13. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro
  14. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro – Part 2 of 3
  15. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Final Cut Pro – Part 3 of 3
  16. Using Markers in Final Cut Pro
  17. Labeling Clips in Final Cut Pro
  18. Adding Zoom to Video in Final Cut Pro
  19. Creating Map Motion in Final Cut Pro
  20. Printing to Video in Final Cut Pro
  21. How to Make Scrolling Credits in Final Cut Pro
  22. Keyboard Remapping in Final Cut Pro
  23. Quick Organizational Tips for Final Cut Pro
  24. Learning How to Use Final Cut Pro