This tutorial shows how to use the Pan and Zoom filter in the new Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 5.0 release, which is designed to simplify documentary style pan and zoom techniques. Also known as the "Ken Burns" effect, BCC Pan and Zoon lets users easily import and control large still image files; transform scale and pan across the view screen over time.
STEP 1: Prepare Your Video Clip
Start by creating a video clip that’s the same size/resolution as the final clip you want to render out in the Premiere Pro timeline. The image data in the clip doesn’t matter- it’s going to be overwritten by the BCC Pan and Zoom filter effect. The clip should be long enough, though, to cover the duration of the effect.
STEP 2: Use BCC Pan and Zoom Filter to Import the External File
Next, apply the BCC Pan and Zoom filter to the placeholder clip in the timeline. In the filter UI, twirl down the source group and set the source pop-up to External File. Twirl down the External File sub-group and click on the L button to select the file that we want to use. Navigate to the desktop, where you’ve saved the file that you’re using for this effect, and import it into the filter.
STEP 3: Use On-Screen Widgets for Precision
Twirl down in the Transform group to reveal all of the parameters in the group. Enable the Preview Mode, which displays on-screen controls (widgets) that make creating the Pan and Zoom effect a lot more intuitive than relying on sliders and numeric entry boxes. Click on the target in the middle of the circle, within the rectangle widget, and position the box over the top of one of your objects, in this case, one of the tomatoes.
STEP 4: Give Your Still Image Movement
In both the Anchor parameter and the Scale parameter, turn on keyframing. Move the CTI to the end of the clip and use the same method to reposition the rectangle in a different place on the image. Zoom out from the clip by dragging on one of the corners of the rectangle widget.
STEP 5: Hit the Space Bar and See the Magic
Disable the Preview Mode function and preview the effect.
Peter McAuley has been involved in the development of state of the art graphics technology for print, video and film since the mid-’90s. Since 1999, he’s been a part of the Boris FX team, managing the Boris RED/Graffiti/FX and Continuum product lines. Prior to working in technology development, he created high-end imagery for print advertising as a production artist in the US and Europe.
Peter Says Keep in Mind…
The Pan and Zoom filter in the new Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 5.0 release is designed to simplify documentary style pan and zoom techniques. Also known as the "Ken Burns" effect, BCC Pan and Zoon lets users easily import and control large still image files; transform scale and pan across the view screen over time. The BCC Pan and Zoon filter provides on-screen controls for precise scale and position of the zoom region. It also gives you more on-screen UI controls for the anchor point, as well as a preview window where you can see a small rendering of the final result. The new BCC Pan and Zoom filter employs very sophisticated image sampling techniques with edge detection, resulting in an extremely high-quality image that doesn’t need any additional post processing or filtering.
There are also filter functions for selecting the algorithm used for image transforms, though I didn’t need to use them here.
Premiere Pro 2.0; BCC 5.0 can also be used in Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, Premiere Pro CS3, Apple Final Cut Studio 2 and Avid systems
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