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Eric, this is your third thread on pretty much the same subject! It's getting tough to chase down all your postings and figure out what has been answered in which thread.
I have explained some steps in one thread and linked you to an article that explains everything in another.
There's also the issue of keyframing. And that's explained in this free Steve's Tips article as well as in both my book on Premiere Elements.
If you'd like to follow up with me or anyone else on slideshows, can I ask you to keep it in the same thread though? That way we can build on what we know you understand or what has been earlier advised.
Sure, Steve -- sorry, i wasn't sure if doing it all in one posting or many would be best, as each one has a separate but related question.
i'll stick with my original post...
The ability to use Keyframing in infinitely powerful. However, with that power comes some hand-work.
However, once one has their head around the concept of Keyframing, the mechanics of it, plus the options, it becomes easy and second nature. It's getting to that point, that requires a bit of work and practice. I second Steve's tip link, as a great place to start. Once you become comfortable with the power, you'll likely never go back to any form of "Random Pan & Zoom."
Now, the work that I do is usually very tightly scripted. Each "move" depends on the exact subject and what I, or the director, want at that moment, with that image. I often have this part figured out, before I re-size the images for Import. If I need more Pan, then I'll go a bit larger. Less Pan and I'll get it right at the DVD frame size (720x480 PAR 0.9, in my case).
Learning which Panels to have open, and when, will go a long way to making the experience easier and more enjoyable, so setting up one's Workspace is very important. Big, honking monitors also make the editing experience more pleasant.
I created a simple Movie Theme for Premiere Elements 4 that contains 20 pans and zooms like you get in Photoshop Elements 6.
I've also created some presets for panning and zooming in Premiere Elements that will work as long as your photos are 1000x750 pixels in size. Instructions for installing the presets are in the Zip file.
Once they're installed, you apply them just by dragging them onto photo on the timeline.