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Is it possible to enlarge or "zoom" video?

Posted on 2006-11-05
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I have video files of my son playing football.  They are shoot from a very wide perspective capturing all 22 players on the field.  I'd like to zoom in on my son, I don't care about the stuff 15 yards to either side?  This is obviously possible with a photo so I assume if I wanted to edit 30 frames a second it could sort of be done manually, but that must mean some software product would help me do it?
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Question by:AxeTracks
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by:shuboarder
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Hi AxeTracks,

yes this is of course possible, but as you are resizing something that is so small I can't guarantee how well the final video will turn out. i.e. it may be extremely pixelated if you are zooming in on something that is only a matter of a few pixels big anyway.

You can use the following program to help you achieve what you are asking:

Virtualdub:
http://virtualdub.org/

Hope this help!
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lherrou earned 500 total points
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I'm going to second the suggestion of VirtualDub.

Here's a good site on using VirtualDub and other tools: http://www.doom9.org/

To crop the video using VirtualDub, go to Video -> Filters -> Add. Choose "null transform" and click ok. Then click "Cropping." You will get a window which will allow you to select the area of the video you want to keep, and crop out the rest. There's a better explanation at the doom9 site - look at "7.1 Postprocessing video using VirtualDub" in their Guides.

Cheers,
LHerrou
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No points for the original suggestion?

Glad you found the tool useful anyway ;)
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