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Premiere Pro 2.0 Quick Tip: The Ken Burns Effect

Motion graphics in Adobe?s NLE By Stephen Schleicher

Say the name Ken Burns and most people instantly recognize the documentary story telling style of zooming and panning still images.  Scanners now have the capability of capturing high quality images without a camera.  If you want to mimic the Ken Burns effect, then look no further than Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0.

Step 1:  Launch Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 and import your still images into your project.  In this quick example, I will be using a piece of line art.

Step 2:  Place the image in the Timeline.  By default Premiere Pro 2.0 imports images with a default length of five seconds.  If you need something longer, Right+Click the image in the Timeline and select Speed/Duration from the pop-up menu.


Step 3:  In the new window you can change the time to the length you need for the project.  In this example, I will increase the length from five seconds to ten.

Step 4:  Open the Effect Controls Panel and twirl down the Motion properties.

Step 5:  Position your cursor over the property values. By clicking and dragging left or right, you can adjust the values.  Here, Ive positioned and scaled the layer to fit as a medium shot for the project.

Step 6:  In order to move the image over time, we need to set keyframes.  In the Effect Controls Panel, click on the Stopwatch Icon to create an initial keyframe. 

Step 7:  Now move the Playhead Indicator further in the Timeline to the point where you want your motion to end, then make adjustments to the property controls.

New keyframes will be created automatically for you.

When you play the sequence you will see your Ken Burns effect working, but it can be better.  In real life, nothing comes to an abrupt stop.  Instead, movement starts and stops gracefully.  We can ease our motion by applying Ease In and Ease Out to the keyframes.

Step 8:  Right+Click on one of the ending keyframes and from the contextual menu select Temporal Interpolation>Ease In.  This will cause the movement to gradually slow to a stop.  Repeat this for any other ending keyframes.

Step 9:  Repeat the process with your beginning keyframes, but this time select Ease Out.

There you go, your very own Ken Burns effect in Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0.

For more information on Premiere Pro 2.0 visit www.adobe.com.


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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at
www.majorspoilers.com and www.stephenschleicher.com
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