How can I animate (zoom in/out) my photos or videos – Ken Burns?

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With the Ken Burns effect, you can create motion from static images or show a video from different angles. 

πŸ‘‰ To apply the Ken Burns effect, follow these steps: 

  1. Open your Splice project
  2. On the timeline, select the clip you wish to animate: it becomes blue
  3. Tap on Animate from the editing toolbar
  4. Tap on Enable Ken Burns: it becomes blue

To apply this change to all clips, tap on the button with the two blue ticks that appear in the bottom-right corner > tap Apply to all

πŸ‘‰ To change the Start and End frame, follow these steps: 

  1. As you tap on Enable Ken Burns, you'll see Start frame and End frame 
  2. To choose the point where you want the effect to start > tap Start frame 
  3. On the preview screen (the main one at the top), position the photo as preferred using the pinching gesture (you can zoom in/ zoom out/ move in any direction)
  4. To choose the point where you want the effect to end, tap End frame and position the clip on the main preview screen

πŸ‘‰ To remove the effect, on the timeline, select the clip: it becomes blue > tap Animate from the editing toolbar > tap on the blue ball under the timeline. 

πŸ‘‰ To change the speed of Ken Burns, change your photo duration. The longer the duration, the slower the Ken Burns effect: 

  1. On the timeline, tap on the photo whose duration you wish to change: it becomes blue
  2. Hold your finger on one of the side handles and move it left/right to customize its duration

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    Rowan Worth

    When operating on a clip that I have split into several sections, how can I set the start/end frame of a Ken Burns animation to match the adjacent frame of the previous/next section?

    A common use case for me is I setup a wide-angle shot to film myself doing some movement (dance/acrobatics) and then I want to produce a more zoomed-in video that tracks my movement. Due to momentum shifts (ie. the object of interest either changing direction or slowing down/speeding up), a single Ken Burns transition is rarely sufficient.

    It's easy to identify when the changes in zoom need to happen, and I've been getting by by splitting on these points and then Ken Burns-ing each split separately, but trying to match the frames via pinch and swipe gestures is quite tedious.


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