I am imagining that the box (target frame) stays constant and only the "area" contained is what zooms up at the viewer.
Thats easy. Can you figure that one out if it is what you want?
It would start with the image filling the frame. The a box outline would appear around the target area I want to zoom into with something like a 5 pixel line thickness. The box outline would zoom with the still image, but I would like to maintain that 5 pixel line thckness throughout.
From there I'd do a fake enhance of the contents of the box outline. Then repeat the whole process zooming in so the figure above is revealed in sharp detail. The transition from above to the inset sharp version on the next track, is what I'd like to do with an animated pixelation effect.
It is pretty simple to animate the size of a Shape Layer in After Effects. The line stays the same thickness, unless you animate it too. Just create a rectangle, and unlink the two parameters to stop it from staying square.
I think you are best off doing this in AEFX
Create a Shape Layer
Draw an unfilled Rectangle with 5px stroke
Select it and make it a 3D layer
Add a Blend Mode
Add a Camera
That is overkill for a simple rectangle shape with a 5px stroke.
No need for 3D or blend modes or camera. Just a simple rectangle that you can keyframe the size.
Thanks guys. Simple is good, so I'll try it Steven's way. I'm almost there.
If you use Transform > Scale on a 5px stroke it will enlarge and thicken. Surely.
He does need to animate somehow to achieve his effect.
Let see how he goes.
A long time ago, maybe 7 or 8 years or more, I was contacted by Adobe and was given the opportunity to look at their brand new shape effects. We set it up for them to be able to see my desktop.
They watched as I followed their general directions. The first thing I tried failed. They got all excited and wanted to know why I thought I could do that. I told them I just assumed that would be how it worked. They were dumbfounded when almost every time they sugested that I do something, I tried to do it in a way they had never thought of. They were so funny, talking among themselves like I wasn't even able to hear them. I remember trying to add an inside stroke and they only had regular strokes at the time. Why did I need that, they wanted to know. I patiently explained that I just assumed it would have the ability.
I was never given the opportunity to see anything that early in the process again since I kind of dropped out of the beta testing also. But it was fun.
You know I wasn't trying to give you a hard time, right?