FCE Zooming within clips

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Suse, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Suse macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008

    I've just upgraded to Final Cut Express 4 and am finding the learning curve a bit steep...

    I have my clips in the time line, but i can't work out how to change one of the clips, so that there is zooming over the course of the clip. Its about 20 secs long, and I want to zoom in on the face as the clip progresses.

    All I've found on hunting the net and books is the zoom tool, which is just for viewing things within the browser. Its not for altering a clip.

    I have Brenneis' book 'Final Cut Express 4' and can't find anything on this. Is it the correct term I'm missing - is this under "scaling"?

    I'm lost - help!

  2. Scooby_Doo macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2005


    I'm using Final Cut Express 3.5 but I think this should apply to you. The biggest thing you need to understand when working with effects in a Final Cut application is that you'll be working with Keyframes.

    Basically, a Keyframe determines when you want an effect to begin and when you want it to end. Think of them as starting and ending points of motion.

    Here you want to zoom in on an object? Sort of like the Ken Burns effect from iMovie, only applied to video?

    When you double click on a video it opens in the Viewer. There is a tab on the far right called "Motion." Click the Motion tab and you'll see a window where you can control the Keyframes.

    There will be one section called "Scale." Under scale it should be set to 100%. To the right of that there should be a small diamond shaped button, that is your Keyframe button.

    Place the playhead on the timeline where you want your zoom to begin, click on the Keyframe button. Here set the starting scale of your image, for example let's say 100%.

    Now move the playhead to the ending position of the zoom. Click the Keyframe button again to create an ending scale. Now set the scale to something larger, say 150%.

    When you playback the movie, the clip should slowly zoom from 100 to 150% between those two keyframes.

    Hope this helps, good luck!
  3. Suse thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2008


    Thank you so much Scooby. That has helped - I've done one clip. But I'm having trouble doing another clip in the same vid.

    It won't seem to let me add another keyframe - not sure what I'm doing wrong. I'm using control +k (having found it now in the book, now I know what its called!) but nothing happens.
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    in the timeline double click the new clip it will bring it into the viewer and then go to the motion tab..
  5. Taylorguy312ce macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    This post helped me greatly. I'm relatively new to FCE (3.5) and was having the same issue.

    I do have one follow-up question. How do you keep the letterbox bars when zooming like this? Thanks.
  6. UndertheRadar macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2007
    hey taylor
    add your bars at the end of your edit. Nest your timeline and then add the bars to the nested sequence, that way you're not having to render the effect for all of the clips. I have final cut studio but im assuming you have these features in fce.
    ken stone has some great examples of both the matte and the ken burns effect on his site as well as a lot of other great info.
    good luck:)
  7. Taylorguy312ce macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    Sorry for my ignorance. What do you mean by "nesting"? Thanks for the help.
  8. UndertheRadar macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2007
    That's ok Taylor. Nesting is when you take various things, in this case a timeline with various clips, then basically put them into a sequence that acts as a container. Again look at Ken Stones website, a lot of good stuff there.

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