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3D Variation on the Ken Burns Effect

Nearly all of us have added the so-called “Ken Burns effect” to a photo in a video at some point. It’s a nice effect, and it’s usually better than a static photo that just sits there in the video.

Well if you have the time and interest, you can add a little more oomph to the effect by adding a 3D variation to it.

I wouldn’t do this for every photo, but it could make sense in some cases, and it definitely creates additional visual interest when you use it.

In this video, I demonstrate how to create the effect in Apple’s Motion 5, but you could easily translate it to After Effects if that’s your tool of choice.

By the way, this was originally video #282 in the member’s library. At this point there are nearly 300 videos like this in the member library. If you want to get access to them and you’re not already a member, click here to learn about a membership.

6 thoughts on “3D Variation on the Ken Burns Effect

  1. Well done!

    An excellent step-by-step demonstration on the use of key frames, camera and depth of field in addition to the “KB effect.”

    1. Thanks, Martin! :)

  2. That’s a great tip and another great tutorial by izzy! Any way to save the steps so you could do two or three and reuse them for a slideshow with multiple photos?

    1. Yes, there’s a way to do that. It might require a video to explain it.

      In a nutshell, you save the animation data to the Library.

      It would likely require adjusting anytime you use it, though.

  3. This would have made for a nice additional example for your Motion Basic Course. I didn’t quite grasp the camera as much as after watching the video. Any chance you can post the project files for the Motion Basic Course for the folks who bought that tutorial?

    1. Hey Mark, thanks for being a customer! :)

      Yes, I think this helps folks get more accustomed to the Motion cameras too. It’s pretty advanced stuff for a basic Motion course though. That said, I think I’ll likely have a lot more camera stuff in the follow-up Motion course I’m developing now.

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