imovie '11 ken burns

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  1. axeldtf macrumors 6502

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    I am trying to zoom in using the ken burns effect on imovie.. this is working fine but i also want to reverse it and zoom back out to the original spot.. This is hard to do since the ken burns effect resets and i have to reposition it on the video.. This causes a jump in the video.. is there an easier way to do this or a way to keep the spot of the crop window?
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    Keyframes: In iMovie, (this can be used in a picture-in-picture situation) a control you use to set the audio volume at a particular point in a clip. When two keyframes with different volume values are set in iMovie, a transition from one value to the other is calculated, resulting in a dynamic change in volume.

    Here is a link to a good video explaining keyframes use in iMovie. What you can do is use the picture-in-picture to create the zoom in or zoom out effect.
     
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    thanks for the vid.. not sure if that's exactly what i need at the moment.. I'm sure if i toy around i may figure it out
     
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    The only other things I can possibly think of, would be to break down the video into sections with short transitions in between. Or break down into sections and Connect it back together. These are just a couple of other possible suggestions. That should stop the crop from jumping.

    The video was just to give you a basic idea of what keyframes were all about.
     
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    It's been a while since I used iMovie, but in FinalCutProX you just duplicate the clip and reverse its direction.
     
  8. daybreak macrumors 6502a

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    I think any person learning a video editing software or wishing to do certain effects. May I suggest one learns the software. When one says one is not certain what "Keyframes" are. The it is a question of finding out. YouTube has some wonderful tutorials on iMovie.
     
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    thanks for all your responses.. it would be nice for imovie remember your last position of the ken burns window so you can just reverse the effect..
    thanks again everyone
     
  10. talmy, Feb 12, 2014
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    Keyframes won't help (AFAIK) but you can do it using the approach I suggested based on what I do with FCPX and can be done similarly with iMovie 10 (the latest version) and probably others. Take the clip of the image that has Ken Burns Effect applied, duplicate it by Cmd-C, click after the clip and then Cmd-V. Select the second clip, Click on the cropping tool (which you use to apply Ken Burns Effect) and click on the "Swap the Start and Stop areas" button. Now it will zoom in and then back out again to the original spot.

    EDIT -- just realized that iMovie '11 is iMovie 9 (confusing isn't it?) which I also have. In this version you can't duplicate the clip or reverse it, so my suggestion doesn't work. iMovie 10 isn't available prior to Mavericks so I think you are out of luck.
     
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    I believe daybreak has the most logical answer. Learning the software is very key to success. Trial and error go a long way to helping that.

    To the OP, iMovie is one of the easiest pieces of video editing software out there to learn. Do not let it frustrate you.
     
  12. mtngoatjoe macrumors regular

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    Yeah, but the whole point of iMovie is to get it done and move on to other things. And the fact that the OP is here asking questions shows that he's trying to learn the app.

    iMovie 11 can reverse clips: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2240

    I don't know if that will solve the OPs problem, but maybe.
     
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    Indeed, saying "learn the software" isn't a good answer to a specific question.

    I don't think so. If the OP is using Ken Burns Effect presumably it is a photo clip not a video clip and iMovie 11 can't seem to reverse those. The latest iMovie will, but it is incompatible with his system. My specific responses just don't apply to what he has, and the only other specific responses refer to keyframes and picture-in-picture, neither of which are applicable to the Ken Burns Effect AFAIK.

    It would appear to me that if I'm right about his use of Ken Burns Effect (it's for photos) then his only solutions are:
    1. create a movie of the effect on the picture, export and then reimport to make it a video clip, and reverse that. This will, of course, cause a drop in quality.
    2. Buy a new computer capable of running Mavericks and the latest iMovie. Not exactly a financially attractive solution.
     
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    And this is why I was offering suggestions, to help the OP. But was getting the feeling that some of the things being offered were beyond skills level of the OP. That is not to say anything bad about the OP.

    It just helps to understand the software you are using, to try and achieve the end result you are looking for. What the OP is trying to do is not going to be just a simple "get done and move on thing to do in iMovie".
     
  15. daybreak macrumors 6502a

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    We are all here to help and ask and sometimes shocked with the questions asked.I think one can tell if the person asking has not studied his/her software.:)
     

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