That's an effect we've seen used a several times in video contest entries at http://Muvipix.com.
You do it by cutting the foreground object or person from the picture using Photoshop Elements and saving that as its own PSD file. Then you take the background of the picture and, using the Clone tool, you paint in the area that the foreground object was removed from.
Then you put the background on Premiere Elements timeline on Video 1 and the foreground on Video 2, directly above it, and you use Scale and Position keyframe to create separate animations for each to get the 3D effect.
You can see the effect at work here.
And this thread, from Muvipix.com, links to a tutorial for doing it.
It can be done in Premiere Elements, however it is more suited to After Effects. See Tutorial #5, "3d Ken Burns effect" on the link below. Note you need to use PhotoShop/Elements to seperate your foreground and background.
Along with the suggestions, links and descriptions above, I'd like to throw out an additional possibility. Instead of using the exact "background" image, and having to do the hand-work to replace where the subject was removed with the Clone Tool, think of picking another similar image, or perhaps another area of that background image to use on Video Track 1. You see this effect in several golf ads right now. The background images are shot separately and never had the subject in them. This allows of a lot less work needing to be done.
As an example, if one had a Civil War (US, or other) archival image of a soilder on a battlefield and you wish to separate them from the background, instead of using exactly what did appear behind them in the original photo, think of finding a similar shot with nothing needing to be cut out and Cloned in. It might just be going to one side, or the other, of the same shot, or maybe a different background all together.
This can save a ton of work, and depending on how far you wish to remove the subject from the background, can save a ton of work. Also, think about varying the focus of the background. As you zoom in on your subject, Keyframe in Gaussian Blur on the background to make it appear to receed more, behind the subject.
Good luck, and have fun,
Thanks so much, I looked around the net for hours till I thought of
becoming an adobe forum member. Tips like this will make my videos
,and me, look better. Then I can pretend to my boss I am an uber-tech
wizard. I will put your name in the credits....in very small writing.
A good editor is always learning. With few exceptions, most of what we do has been done before, by someone else. We learn from them, as it has been since the Lumiere Brothers.
Hi Hunt, sorry to bother you about this, I am trying to use the 3d
picture effect in a video I am making for my company. I have my
background layer and subject I want to move in layer 1.Did it in
Photoshop and saved as psd file which I opened in AE. I follow all the
steps in the tutorial but when I press play in the right hand box or
scrub the timeline no movement happens.it stays still. Maybe I amnt
doing keyframing right. I will look that up now. And if it doesnt help
me I will get back to you.
yeah this is the tutorial I was working from. I am making some
elementary mistake im sure. Its my first time trying out AE so when he
says use such and such a tool I have to grope about.thanks anyways.
Hey, I figured out the 3d photo effect in AE finally. The clip is an
old black and white photo of the subject and her Mom when she was
young. I saved the AE file onto memory stick to bring into my work
computer that has premiere elements 2.0. It wouldnt recognise the file
format. I am going home now to see if I have to render the AE clip or
something to make it work. Also, maybe PE2.0 is too old and wont
recognise .aep files so I will try and open it in premiere pro cs4 at
home and save it as .avi or somesuch and then bring it in to
work[elements 2.0]. What you think?
tHANKS FOR YOUR HELP THUS FAR.
The .aep file is an After Effects Project file, no version of Premiere Elements will open it. You need to export from After Effects as a video format and then bring this into PE2.
Youre a lifesaver. I am doing as many tutorials as I can so I never
have to ask you these inane types of questions again.
Some tutorials stop a bit short, when talking about either PE, or AE Project files. These are but databases in XML, that locate Assets and tell what is done to these. They do not contain any useful image data. They are unlike, say a .PSD, or .AI file, from Photoshop, or Illustrator, which DO contain image data. To get usable data, one must first Export (PE, or AE, and also with .SES files from Audition), and this is where some tutorial authors stop short. They assume that all users will know this, but until one encounters it, they can be terribly confused. With Paul_LS's help and your work, you "broke the code," and have gotten past this little hangup. Even the manuals do not go into enough detail to make it perfectly clear as to what is required, and exactly what the various programs' Project files are, and what they are not.
Hope that the Project goes well. We'd love to see your results. Maybe post to the Gallery in Muvipix.
Way to think outside the square there, Hunt!
Or would that be, "outside the frame"?