16 July 2010 - 14:21#37: Avid Pan & Zoom

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I’ve had several requests for tutorials on Pan and Zoom, so this week and next, this will be out topic.

This week, we’ll look into Avid’s own Pan & Zoom effect. It is used to, well, pan and zoom into images that are larger than your sequence dimensions without quality loss (as would occur if you imported the image into a bin and then used, say, a 3D Warp for panning and zooming).

We’ll create simple and a bit more complex animations, learn about the different temporal and spatial interpolation parameters, and of course I’ll hint at some best practices and some quirks of the effect.

Next week, we’ll check out the Pan & Zoom effect that is included in Boris Continuum Complete 5 or later.

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The Photo that I used is by Tiagø Ribeiro

1 Comment

  • Disillusioned MC user

    Thank you for honestly pointing out Avid’s shortcomings.
    In MC 7 (2013 November) this effect is totally broken. One can NOT control the path at all, the photo moves uncotrollable all over the place even in Constant mode.
    Totally useless, unworkable effect.
    However, BCC 8.5 pan and zoom is just as bad as this one. If not worse.

    Media Composer has become a VERY expensive cut/dissolve software.

    Everything else needs to be done in an external application. Color grading, keying, titleing … you name it.
    Even moving a photo around can’t be done by MC.