Cyberlink PowerDirector – Using Magic Motion to zoom in on a still image

in this tutorial in CyberLink PowerDirector we’re going to take another look at how to emulate the movement of a camera across the still image in your project using the magic motion tool we have another tutorial where we show you how to use the 21 presets that are given to you in the magic motion tool but in this case we’re going to begin to build our own motion sequence using magic motion and the design options that we find there in order to invoke that particular component of PowerDirector all you need is an image on the screen and we picked an image of masada and dropped it on track number 1 with the image highlighted we can get into the magic motion tool in one of two ways the easiest way is to use the Alt key and then press the number 2 key on the keyboard or if you forget the keystroke combination you can click on the magic wand and click on magic motion and it reminds you it’s Alt + the 2 key that gets you into your magic motion tool like I said we’ve have have a tutorial on how to use each of the presets we’re going to drag all the way down and use the user-defined option that will get us into our editor and I’d like to describe a little bit about this magic motion designer for you we have our working space in the center and then we have in the upper right a preview window and this is what will show you what your finished product will look like we have degrees here set default to 0 where we can tilt the image we’ll show you more about that later in another exercise and then we can control the aspect ratio we can set it to a 4 by 3 16 by 9 9 by 16 or freeform I’ll leave mine at 60 by nine for now and then we have some other controls here we can control whether we want the gridlines on or off or the TV safe zone on or off we have a play and they pause and a frame forward frame backward we have a fit we can control whether what we see on the screen fits within this particular screen or we can go all the way from 10% up to 300% of the image so those are some of the controls that we have now what I’d like to do is describe do we have a blue dot in the center of the screen that is the default location it basically tells you the center of your image and we can move the center of as it were the camera from this location to any other location using a keyframe where I talk about keyframes I like to define it because it’s a rather alien term if you haven’t done a lot of video editing motion pictures are made up of frames are commonly 24 to 30 frames per second and a keyframe basically controls what the attributes of any particular frame happen to be when you’re working with the still image you have a static frame so every every moment that that is on the screen it’s the same picture so we’re going to control in those key moments what the attributes happen to be so we start out with a one keyframe which is the little diamond the colored diamond the pinkish diamond on the left side and since we haven’t changed anything when we play the image nothing happens because the keyframe just inherited we’re going to be Center we’re going to be fullscreen but we can change both the location of the center of the image and the size of the image in this particular look at my magic motion designer we’re going to focus on size and to resize the image at any keyframe any moment in time all you need to do is take any of the hand dolls and I like using the corners because it keeps the proportion and I’m going to make this one smaller and you see in my preview screen it is said in this moment in time my image will only be this large we’re taking a subset of all the pixels on the screen and that’s our image so if I play this at this moment in time it this is what my result will be now there’s no motion here because I only have one keyframe and so whatever it I set at this moment in time those attributes are inherited through the rest of the sequence of the shot but if I add another keyframe let’s put one at the end over here too to do that we just click our triangle on the slider here and then we can click the plus to add a keyframe at that current location if we hit the double diamonds we duplicate the keyframe so if i duplicate it it will have the same attributes as the one immediately to the left of it which in this case won’t change anything because if the if it looks the same here as it does here there is no image of motion so I’ll set a new keyframe by clicking on the diamond and now this diamond is active and there are several things that I can change but let me change this one thing let me just change the size here by making it a little bit bigger we’re not going to use the whole image yet but just one small part and so we’ll go ahead and we’ll play this segment again and if you look at the upper right preview screen you’ll see that between the one point in time and the other point in time the image seems to get larger I’m backing the camera up as it were it’s a nice effect that you can use and so this is changing the size of the visible image in your end product now you can take a keyframe and move it the closer they are to each other the faster the apparent motion and so we’ll put these very near each other and watch what happens I’m going to start and play again after I took that and dragged it and now if you look in the preview screen it goes to this place and then it basically it says I don’t have any more instructions so I’m going to look to freeze it as it were at this location let’s add a third keyframe let’s add one here we’ve hit the plus key over here at the bottom they have to do that before you make a change and then we’ll make this one let’s make it a little bigger yet and now we’ll go ahead and we’ll play this and we’ll watch it zooms out to this size and then more slowly it zooms to something like slightly larger and again the illusion of speed is because of the distance between these two keyframes because they’re farther apart it happens more slowly in time the transition does if I were to make these approximately the same then the transition would be smooth from one to the other if I say well I just want to transition from keyframe one two key 4m3 and remove keyframe two I hit the minus here and that would take it out and now only have one transition before it apparently freezes and we’ll play this one and now I basically have one smooth transition from the smaller size to this intermediate size and so you can do all kinds of things with keyframes we could well put blowing real close here again I’ll hit the plus diamond and let’s go ahead and we’ll make it small very tiny and we’ll do one more here we’ll hear the plus here and we’ll make it fullscreen and now we’re going to go to small to big and then back down again I’ll hit the square here and we’ll go ahead and play it and watch the preview screen yeah it goes in and out and then back down again and then it freezes this is one way in which you can change the size of the image using keyframes in magic motion designer will also deal with moving the center of the camera in the next lesson.

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