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iMovie Double Map Pan and Zoom


iMovie MapYou can add a nice finishing touch to your travel movies by including a map that shows where you were. For geographically challenged viewers you can start zoomed way back from your map – and zoom all the way in to the specific spot where you shot your video.

The problem: That can be a LONG way to zoom – and the viewer might not appreciate it. Murphy has a solution. Break the zoom into two phases using two copies of the same map still-image. One zoom goes from country level down to the regional level. Then cross fade into a zoom that starts a little closer in and finishes at your locale. The fade makes the journey far easier on your viewer’s eyes, and gives your production a polished look.

You can take your efforts a step further by making another copy of your map still and placing a graphic on it, like an arrow. The second zoom could fade into this still, making it clear exactly where the movie was shot.

You might have to do some experimenting with the distances and speeds used for the zoom. Also, it helps a lot to pan toward your final destination in the first zoom – which you can do by just dragging the image in the iMovie viewer. Your audience will see where they’re heading in the first zoom – letting them know where they are with regard to the big picture.

Watch the screencast if you’re totally confused!

Click here to see another cool iMovie effect.  Or watch this Final Cut Express trick.

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