I've been playing around with Adobe Premiere Elements 8 pretty much to learn some things here and there. The reason why I got the product was because I was told you can pan and zoom in the program but I cannot seem to find where I can click to do pan and zoom in PE8. I was told it was with the other tools like where the time stretch tool is and such, but I don't see it there. I wanted that tool spesifically for video tutorials.
Also, I noticed in PE8 you can turn a video into an animated gif. How do you crop the frames of a video to make it smaller for those file formates? Like if I wanted to take a video of puppies playing and turn it into a gif image that was 200px by 300px? Would i have to take a still shot of ever frame to do that? Also, how would you crop out the black bars on a video to make it take up the whole video screen?
For the Pan & Zoom, you can do that easily in PrE.
They are done by adjusting Keyframes on the Fixed Effects>Motion>Position (Pan) and Motion>Scale (Zoom).
With a Still Image Selected in the Timeline, just go to the Effects Tab, and choose Edit Effects. Twirl open Motion, where you will see the Scale and Position settings. Just Keyframe the Still, over time, to Pan, and/or Zoom.
I have done an animated GIF, but feel certain that others have, and can tell you how to crop the Frame.
Thank you, Bill Hunt!
I'm hoping others can explain the cropping for video frames soon. I think the person I talked to about the Pan & Zoom must have been thinking of either PE9 or PE10 about it having it's own little button. I'll have to play around with it.
Now, if a SlideShow is created in the Photoshop Elements Organizer, there is a Random Pan & Zoom, but how effective it is, will depend on the composition of your Still Images. I do not believe that Random Pan & Zoom is available elsewhere, but if I am incorrect, then someone will correct me.
I'm mostly talking about removing the black bars in videos (that is either in the top or sides... or in one case I had all around the video) so that that video takes up the whole screen. I know that can be done in some programs but I don't see how it can be done in Premiere elements without changing some of the settings before starting a new project.