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There is a great difference between transitions and effects.
You can apply multiple effects to a clip, but only one transition per clip end.
To zoom a clip in or out, use the built-in Motion Effect (select the clip on the timeline and look in the Effects Controls panel.
The Zoom transition is very different - it cross-zooms between adjacent clips.
Rough movement suggest you need to render before previewing.
Yes, I meant transitions, I'm sorry.
I figured it out. I can apply multiple transitions per clip, but I need to nest the clip before I'm able to do that.
The problem with rough movements remains even after I render.
I read somewhere that PPro doesn't handle jpg very well, so I converted to TIFF, but the problem remains.
Does this have to do with the fact that I'm not using a full zoom (0% to 100 %) but a slight continuous zoom (80 % to 100 % throughout the clip)? I'm basically trying to achieve the default Windows Movie Maker ease in effect.
What is your output format? If it is interlaced, then you need to preview on an interlaced display to appreciate the real quality - the program window can be deceptive because it is non-interlaced.
You could try stretching a zoom transition over the whole clip if Motion doesn't suit you for this task.
JPG issues are generally related to big files rather than JPG per se.
PSD seems to work OK for me, but lots of very big image files have been known to cause problems whatever their format.
Yes, nesting serquences allows you stack up lots of transitions if that's what you want. Don't expect rendering and export times to remain impressive, though.
Actually, I was stretching the zoom transition across the clip. Maybe that's what was creating the issue.
Ok, so I figured out how to use keyframes, but I'm having trouble actually using them. I have no idea why.
So, what I would need to tweak between the two keyframes is the scaling, but as soon as I choose any of the motion controls on the clip, I lose the ability to set keyframes. The keyframe icon automatically goes grey and I can only set the same scaling for the entire clip, but I can't manipulate it over time.
I can set keyframes for Opacity and Speed, but not Motion.
Why does this happen?
To set keyframes using Motion, suggest you start by practising on a fresh clip.
Set one keyframe before adjusting anything. Move the time to the next keyframe point and either adjust the parameters in the Effects Control window or drag in the program monitor (position, scale and rotation).
If you find you cannot do this to both clips and nested sequences, then I suspect you are doing something wrongly.
By starting with a clean clip and transferring techniques to a more complex case, I hope you will be able to see what is causing the trouble.
I figured it out. I had to click on the "Toggle Animation" button of the Scale option in the Effect Controls tab in order to be able to set keyframes and manipulate them over time.
More importantly, now when I zoom an image in or out the movement is nice and smooth.
I guess the zoom effect can only do the full 0 to 100% zoom correctly.
Thank you for your assistance.
You can "scrub" the 100% to the right, to get higher numbers. Is that what you are looking for?
Also, if you have not done so, explore the various setting for the Keyframes (Rt-click the Keyframe(s), like Ease In/Out, Continuous Bezier, etc. to really smooth out your animation.
yes, I noticed that I can tweak the envelope to get even higher numbers, and I've also discovered the Ease In/Out as well as other Keyframes tools. It has proven itself as an increadibly simple and yet powerful way to quickly edit parts of clips in these few hours that I have used it so far.
Thank you very much for your concern.
Yes, Keyframing is "priceless." For everything else, there's AfterEffects.