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Your idea is a sound one. You just need to keyframe animation to the Crop effect so that it changes size as needed.
Thanks so much for the speedy reply. I am not sure what keyframe animation means or how to use it in Premiere elements 10. (hopefully it is included in that version) Can you send any links with instructions?
Keyframing is the process of altering an Effect over time, so that the settings/attributes of that applied Effect are changed, over a period of time. It is a very, very powerful tool, and I agree that Steve's links will do a great job of showing one how to do it, and also at teaching the concept of Keyframing - about the very best that I have seen. Every moment initially spent learning Keyframing, will pay dividends, as it will unlock great power.
Note: not every Effect can be Keyframed, to change over time, but most can be. The mechanics of Keyframing, say the HLS Effect, will be the same, as for Motion>Position (Pan).
Also, with the HLS Effect, one can reduce the Saturation of many different colors to yield B/W, but, and depending on which colors one Desaturates, certain objects (depending on their color), can be left saturated enough to see their colors. Lot of great color control in that Effect.
Thanks Bill and Steve. You gusy are both Adobe Video Guru's !