How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video?

Want to focus your audience’s attention on specific section of your video? There’s an easy way to do it: just apply a zoom-in effect to the specific section to bring those scenes closer to the viewer. Follow this tutorial to learn how to zoom in or enlarge a specific section of a video to catch your audience’s attention.

1Install MovieMator Free Mac Video Editor

Install MovieMator Free Mac Video Editor from our official website or Mac App Store. It is a free-yet-powerful video editing software for Mac OS X.

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Mac OS X 10.7 +, EL Capitan, Yosemite, mavericks, iMac, Macbook Mini, Macbook air, Macbook Pro and more.

2Place the video to a video track on the timeline

There are 2 ways to add a video file to a video track on the timeline. One is to append the video to the timeline and the other is to insert the video to the timeline.

Method 1: Append the video to a video track. Select the target video file and click “+” button, or drag & drop the target video from your Finder to append it to the representative video track on the timeline.

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video


Method 2: Insert the video to a specific video track. You can select the video at first and then click “Insert” button to insert the video behind “Playhead”, or just drag & drop the target video from the “Media Library” of MovieMator to the specific position on the timeline.

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video


3Split the video into several separate clips

As the zoom-in effect can only be used on a separate video clip, you need to split your video file into several clips firstly to make the section you want to zoom in become a separate clip. The first step to split a video file is to move the playhead marker to the point where you want to split it. Then there are 3 ways to split it. One is to click the “Split” button on the interface, the second one is to right-click on the video clip and choose “Split At Playhead(s)”, the third one is to directly press “S”.

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video


4Add a “Rotate” filter to the section you want to enlarge

Select the clip you want to zoom in or enlarge and add a “Rotate” filter to this clip by clicking on “Rotate” button on the main interface.

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video


5Zoom in or enlarge the specific section of a video

When you add a “Rotate” filter to this section, you can increase the value of “Scale” parameter to zoom in the selected clip. I will give 3 examples to show you the different effects of different “Scale”.

Example 1: Value of scale is 100% (original)

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video


Example 2: Value of scale is 150%

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video


Example 3: Value of scale is 200%

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video


6Export the final zoom-in video

If you are happy with the zoom-in effect, just click on "Export" button and on the main interface to export this zoom-in effect video for playing on device or uploading to social network. You are allowed to change the advanced settings like resolution, aspect ratio and etc.

How to Zoom in or Enlarge a Section of Video

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