how do I get the ken burns effect on a PC?
Posted on 2009-04-28
I have seen the ken burns effect (see below) on a Mac program and am wondering if - and how - I can do the same thing with Roxio 10 or some other program on my PC.
The Ken Burns technique is a popular name for a type of pan-and-scan effect used in video production from still imagery. The name The Ken Burns Effect was used by Apple for a feature in its iMovie 3 software. The feature enables a widely used technique of embedding still photographs in motion pictures, displayed with slow zooming and panning effects, and fading transitions between them. The technique is principally used in historical documentaries where film or video material is not available. Life is given to still photographs by slowly zooming in on subjects of interest and panning from one subject to another. For example, in a photograph of a baseball team, one might slowly pan across the faces of the players and come to a rest on the player the narrator is discussing.
The effect can be used as a transition between clips as well. For example, to segue from one person in the story to another, a clip might open with a close-up of one person in a photo, then zoom out so that another person in the photo becomes visible. The zooming and panning across photographs gives the feeling of motion, and keeps the viewer visually entertained.