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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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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)
Example 2: Value of scale is 150%
Example 3: Value of scale is 200%
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.