Creating Motion Graphics in Adobe® Premiere Pro

Pan and Zoom Images: The “Ken Burns Effect”

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This video segment shows how to add the Ken Burns effect to images using keyframes.


  • premiere pro
  • adobe
  • motion graphics
  • ken burns effect
  • panning and zooming
  • images
  • slideshows

About this video

Navin Kulshreshtha
First online
31 January 2019
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© Navin Kulshreshtha 2019

Video Transcript

[Audio Starts at 00:00:03]

Kulshreshtha: So I’ve created a nice motion graphic for our opening and now we’re going to add several still images at the end of our timeline and then we’re going to animate them using something called a Ken Burns Effect. Sometimes also known as panning and zooming images. So first of all we have several still images that we’re going to import. You could go to file import or you can double click an empty space inside of the project panel so I’m going to double click here that’ll bring up the import dialogue box. I’ve already organized the images; we have eight still images to bring in. I’m going to import them and then I’ll see them here in the project panel.

Now I’m going to make sure that I have all eight of the images selected so I’m going to click on the first one then I’m going to shift click on the last one and there’s a very useful feature here in Premier Pro called automate to sequence. It’s at the bottom of the project panel. If for some reason you’re not able to see it then just expand your project panel until you’re able to see that little button there and I’m also going to move my play head at the point where I wish to add the images then with the images selected I’m going to click the automate to sequence button and then there’s several options in here. One of the most important is the still clip duration. Mine is set to 90 frames in my sequence that would be three seconds but you can modify this value to whatever you want.

I’m also going to uncheck the transitions, they’re often added by default so I’m going to uncheck those then I’ll click on okay and I can see now that the images have been added, all eight of the images have been added and I’ve created this nice little slideshow. Now right now all of the images are just static and we are going to pan and zoom the images to create something called the Ken Burns Effect. That makes still images a little bit more interesting. Now we’re going to be doing this exclusively in the effect controls panel so at this point I am going to close the essential graphics panel by clicking on the pane menu and then choosing close panel that’ll create a little bit more space.

I’m also going to increase the height of track one by double clicking inside of the track header, that’s this empty space over here and now I can visually see what is going on inside of track one and on the first image we’re going to do something very simple. We’re just going to zoom in on the image very slightly so I’m going to select the image, I’m going to move my play head to the beginning of the clip and then up here in the effect controls panel I’m going to expand the motion tab to reveal position, scale rotation, etc.

Now on this one we are going to animate the scale so I’m going to create the first key frame then I’m going to go to the very end of the clip by clicking on the down arrow and then the left arrow or you could always just manually drag your way to the end of the clip and then I’m going to increase the scale very slightly like maybe a 110 or 115 that’s enough to create a slight animation on the image and visually even though it’s a slight animation it’s much more interesting to look at. Now I’m going to do the same thing on the next graphic. I’m going to select the image, I’m going to move my play head to the beginning of it and then over here in the effect controls panel I’m going to create a scale property this time I’m going to actually zoom out on the image.

It’s nice to vary the effects a little bit so I’m going to start off with a key frame, I’m going to make this one a 115 then I’ll go to the very end of the clip and I’ll reset it back to 100 so now this is going to be a zoom effect but in the other direction. So I’m going to zoom slightly in on the first image and then zoom out on the next image and then on this image we’re going to combine scale and position so let’s say I wanted to zoom in but I wanted to zoom in on a specific portion of the image like maybe the mountain here or the rock here or the house here.

So what I’m going to do is I’m going to create a position and a scale key frame then somewhere later in time could be the middle of the clip I’m going to go to the very end of the clip, I’m going to scale the image up a little bit maybe like this and then I’m going to shift the position maybe I want to zoom into the right don’t want to go too far like this and now I’ve animated the scale and the position and in a similar manner I could actually go through and animate every single one of these images. I’m not going to take the time to do that right now but simply by creating a key frame for position and scale at the beginning and at the end of a clip I can easily animate it in any way that I want.

Now another nice touch is adding transitions. So I’m going to select all of these images and then I’m going to choose sequence, apply video transition you can also use the keyboard shortcut command D or control D on Windows and this is going to add the default transition to all of the images. Now the only thing to note when you do this is that when you click on a single clip and look at the key frame for it I like to move the key frame to the end of the transition. So I actually have to go to all of the clips that have transitions and to shift the key frames otherwise the image will not move through the transition and it’ll look a little bit conspicuous.

So for example if I go frame by frame here you’ll notice how the mountain if you look very carefully the mountain image is not moving for a fraction of a second and it’s a little bit hard to see but it is noticeable so I want to move these key frames to the edge of the transitions and I would have to do this for every image that’s moving and that has a transition on it and then I’m also going to add a transition here and now I’ve created a nice gentle Ken Burns Effect for three of the images and you’ll notice how they’re a little bit more interesting than the static images that come after them.