One question we get asked a lot is how to create the Ken Burns Effect using Animoto. So we decided to create a quick guide to help you get videos with the same polished look. But before we get going, you might be asking: What’s the Ken Burns Effect?
Named for a well-known documentary filmmaker, this effect slowly zooms in on a still image, sometimes adding a panning shot as well. You can create the effect using video editing software, but you don’t have to. In Animoto, there are a number of styles that zoom in on or out of images in a way that’s similar to the Ken Burns effect. Take a look:
Creating the Ken Burns zoom using custom styles
If you really want the documentary look, a good place to start is with our custom styles — Classic, Documentary, and Frameless. Though these styles don’t automatically give you that beautiful zoom, there are a couple easy ways to adjust your settings to add it to your video.
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Option 1: Add a spotlight to images you’d like to have a zoom. To add a spotlight, select the image you want to have the effect, and then click on the star icon.
Option 2: Click “Customize Style” and select “Framing.” Then, select the full frame option. This setting always adds a zoom to images.
Other Styles with effects similar to the Ken Burns Effect
Animoto has more than a dozen styles with that dynamic zoom, but we’ve decided to “zoom in” on just a few. Check them out:
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