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*woohoo*, since you don't seem to have any clue about AE, this would be difficult to explain, so here just the short version:
a) Import the photo into AE using File --> Import
b) Create a composition using Composition --> New. Make sure its settings match your output size by picking a suitable preset, e.g. NTSC for DVD output.
c) Drag&Drop the photo into the comp.
d) Reveal the position and scale properties by untwirling the little arrows.
e) Enable the little stopwatch symbols to create keyframes.
f) Change the parameters at different times to create the pan&zoom.
g) When you're happy, add the composition to the Render Queue using Composition --> Add to Render Queue
h) Change output settings as required, hit "Render".
For more details, please refer to the help files.
It works! One Last thing: How can I keep the picture itself still - since while zooming in, the whole picture is 'moving', making the black background visible?
Thanks a lot.
> Dear Experts,
> How can I make a movie from a picture by applying zooming in and out?
> Thanks for your help.
Microsoft offers a free app called Photo Story 3
Some tutorials for it here.
I don't quite follow. If the background becomes visible, you are actually zooming out. If it's not intended, change your values. Also take care to adjust your keyframe interpolation (again, study the help). If you are using Bezier keyframes, animation will bounce of course, so you may want to convert them to linear ones... Of course you can use these alternate programs as well.
Thanks Raymond and Mylenium!