8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 6, 2010 11:04 AM by rtprtp

    Animating stills into video project program options

    Tom Berquist
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      Dear experts:


      I just acquired PE7 on the assumption that it was a sophisticated program that allowed me to integrate/edit  stills into my video footage to create a complete dvd and boy was I dissapointed to find that I cannot even pan a still like the simpler and free Windows Movie Maker that came with my machine. I create "Ken Burns" type documentaries that have a lot of stills and live video footage and now I am stuck.


      Can someone advise as to the best way to accomplish this like?:


      A. Create the documentary animated stills in another program and copy them into PE7 (or make a dvd first ? Which program is best for this?


      B Is there another Adobe program out there that does both full video and animated stills to create a full dvd?


      Please advise.


      Thanks in advance,



        • 1. Re: Animating stills into video project program options
          Ed.Macke Level 3

          What you want to do is actually fairly easy to do inside PE7... once you know how.

          Somebody just asked the same question about PE8 here... does that answer your question?

          • 2. Re: Animating stills into video project program options
            Tom Berquist Level 1

            Ed: Thanks as I am relieved to find I can. I have not yet been able to

            download Sgtev G's free motion path pack into my presets, but that should



            You say its easy once you learn how? Do you know of any tutorials or help

            files that take you through the steps?


            Thanks again,



            • 3. Re: Animating stills into video project program options
              rtprtp Level 1

              Hi Tom,


              I have used Ken Burns moves extensively with PE7, There is a great tutorial at www.lynda.com.


              Best of luck!



              • 4. Re: Animating stills into video project program options
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                Tom, I've private messaged you with instructions for installing the 1000x750 pan & zoom set.

                • 5. Re: Animating stills into video project program options
                  Ed.Macke Level 3

                  Here's some more links that might help. Some of these links are for prior versions of PRE, or for Premiere Pro, so the menu items and whatnot might not be exactly the same as PRE7, but the concepts are the same and generally the features just move around from version to version.





                  Basically, if you

                  • Right click on your image in the Timeline, and select Show Properties, it will open the Properties panel.
                  • Click on the triangle next to "Motion" to display the details for the Motion effects. "Postion" controls where on the screen your image is; "Scale" controls the "zoom" on your image as a percentage of normal (100=normal scale, 50=half size)


                  For discussion sake, let's say your image is 4 seconds long.


                  You change the Scale to 50. If you do a preview, you can see the image is half-size for the entire 4 seconds. But let's say you want the image to start at half-size, but end at full-size. In other words, start a half size and zoom in until it's full size.


                  That's where keyframes come in.

                  • So click the "Toggle Animation" button. This will open a mini timeline. This timeline represents the 4 seconds of your clip.
                  • Put a keyframe at the very beginning (move the red line as far left as it will go, click the diamond icon). Change the Scale to 50.
                  • This tells PRE that at the beginning of the clip, you want the scale to be 50.
                  • Next, move the red line as far right as it will go. Click the diamond again to set another keyframe. Set the Scale to 100.
                  • This tells PRE that at the end of the clip, you want the scale to be 100.

                  That's it. PRE will calculate all the "in between" values. You can actually see this in action by moving the red line back and forth. If you position the red line exactly at 2 seconds, you'll see PRE has computed the value as 75. Magic, eh?


                  To get fancier, you could

                  • add a keyframe at 2 seconds, make its value 100, and
                  • change the ending keyframe's value to 50.

                  This would make PRE start at half size, zoom to full size, and zoom back out to half size.


                  Hopefully that will give you an idea of what keyframes do. I was really intimidated by them at first, but after playing around a little, I found them incredibly powerful and actually much easier to use than I thought.

                  By the way, changing the Scale causes your image to zoom in and out. If you change the Position values, you can cause your image to move - changing the horizontal values only can move it move left to right (or vice versa), vertical values to move up and down.

                  By changing the Position *and* Scale, you could make your image pan left-to-right *and* zoom in.

                  By changing Position *and* Scale *and* Rotation, you could make it pan left-to-right, zoom in, and spin around. Which would probably make you throw up, but it gives you an idea of what keyframes can do.

                  Other keyframe tips:

                  • The left and right triangles surrounding the diamond allow you to move back and forth between established keyframes
                  • If you turn animation off after you've set keyframes, it will erase all of your keyframes (after asking you, of course). This can be a good thing or bad thing, depending...
                  • If you type a new value in a property, it will automatically add a keyframe whereever the red line is (that is, the red line in the keyframe panel next to the properties, not the red line in the Timeline).
                  • After keyframes are placed, you can move them by dragging them.

                  • 7. Re: Animating stills into video project program options
                    Tom Berquist Level 1

                    Stan: Thanks so much.



                    • 8. Re: Animating stills into video project program options
                      rtprtp Level 1



                      I have found PE7 to be an incredible program, especially for the $. I just purchased in September, and I am new to editing and getting behind the camera, but I have been a producer/director for many years. Editing now at my ripe age is a bit of a challenge. If it wasn't for the expert advice I have received from this board I would be a bit lost. Some members have also published informative books on how to use PE7 with PS Elements.


                      I just did my first green screen test with a still shot, and I was amazed at how easy it was. One click, no kidding, using Videomerge!


                      Anyway, best of luck!