Zoom & Pan with Animations

Learn to guide and focus viewers' attention with zoom and pan animations.

Animation icon

Zoom your video

Select Animations in the tools panel and switch to the Animations tab. Click and drag the Scale Up animation to the clip you want to zoom. This adds an animation to the clip, with a default zoom already applied. 

To preview the animation, click and drag the playhead.


Customize the zoom

To change when a zoom occurs, click and drag the animation arrow. To adjust the length of an animation, click and drag either end of the arrow. 

To adjust the zoom, make sure the clip is selected and the playhead is after the animation arrow. Then, adjust the scale in the properties panel to change the zoom and reposition the screen recording on the Canvas to focus on what’s important.

Animation arrow

Pan your video

To pan a clip, drag the Custom animation to where you want to pan. Then reposition the screen recording on the Canvas. The clip smoothly animates from one location to the next.

Animation arrow with the playhead

Working with zooms and pans

As you work with zooms and pans in your project, the position of the playhead is critical to success. To change how a clip looks at the end of a zoom or pan, the playhead must be positioned after the animation arrow. And to change how a clip looks at the beginning of a zoom or pan, the playhead must be positioned before the animation arrow.

If the playhead is in the middle of an animation arrow, always move it to one of the ends before you work with a clip.

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