How to Zoom in on a Video [Zoom in Effect]

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

A simple zoom-in effect helps you show more details of an object in your video to your audience. It could be a fleeting facial expression, a car far away from the camera, or a certain product. And zoom-out performs as a smooth transition from close-up to medium shot. Both of them can make up for deficiencies of camera movements to some extent.

Today, we'll walk you through 4 quick methods of how to zoom in on a video with different video editing software, including VideoProc, Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, and mobile app Videoleap. Check them now.

1. How to Zoom in on a Video in VideoProc

VideoProc is an easy yet powerful video editor. It is shipped with a full set of video editing tools including but not limited to cutting, cropping, rotating, merging, filter, watermark, texts, and subtitles. To zoom in on a video, VideoProc enables its built-in video cropper to magnify any part of the video while retaining the original quality. Besides, it lets you crop and zoom videos at multiple forms - square, portrait (vertical), and landscape (horizontal).

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Step 1. Launch VideoProc on your Mac or Windows PC. Click "Video" to open its video editing tab. Drag and drop the video file that you want to zoom in to VideoProc. Then select an output format in the bottom bar, for example, MP4 H.264.

Import video to VideoProc

Step 2. Click "Crop" > "Enable Crop". Go to "Preset" to select an aspect ratio for the zoomed video, a freeform, 16:9, 4:3, or 1:1. Next, drag the dotted frame on the video to define an area to zoom in. And you can preview the zoom-in effect on the right playback windows.

Zoom in on a video on VideoProc by cropping

Step 3. Click "Done" to apply the zoom-in effect to your video and get back to its main UI. Now set a folder to save the video, and hit on the "RUN" to export the video.

noticeZoom in on a Video with VideoProc Sibling Video Editor [Coming Soon]

A free non-linear video editor from Digiarty is going to be launched this year. This software is expected to achieve a great leap in editing power than its older brother VideoProc.

One of its leading features is intelligent crop & zoom with a combination of accurate results and easy operations. Please stay tuned and give it a shot once it is released.

2. How to Zoom in on a Video in Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is a must-have for most professionals and semi-pros for its extremely powerful editing capabilities, especially when collaborating with other Abode Creative products. Thus, to zoom in on a video in Premiere is not as easy as ABC. It does preset some effects that you can drag to apply to your video clip, but there is no luck with zooming features.

No worry. The following steps will show you how to make a zoom in effect on your video and create a zoon in preset for later use in Premiere Pro.

Step 1. Open Premiere Pro, and create a project. Import a video and drag it to the editing timeline.

Step 2. Select the video in the timeline, and click the razor tool to cut out a certain clip on which you want to make a zoom in effect.

Step 3. Select the clip and make sure the playhead is placed at its first frame. "Effect Controls" > "Motion", and toggle on "Position" and "Scale" settings of the zooming animation.

Set the first keyfram for the zoom in effect in Premiere

Step 4. Then drag the playhead to the end of the clip in Effect controls. Now drag the cursor on the box video position and scale parameters to adjust the zooming position and scale. And the zoom in/out effect can be previewed in real-time on the right window.

To speed up the zoom effect, move the last two keyframes closer to the start of your timeline.

Adjust zoom in postion and scale in Premiere

Step 5. Open the drop-down menu of Effect Control and Save Preset. In this way, you can customize and keep it as an effect preset. So next time you need zoom in or out effect, you can drag and apply it to your video directly.

Step 6. Click "File" > "Export" > "Media" to output the video.

3. How to Zoom in on a Video in Windows Movie Maker

Although Windows Movie Maker is aged and discontinued by Microsoft, many users still keep it on their computers for it can fulfill most basic editing needs - cutting, rotating, adding titles, music, visual effects, and animations.

Can you zoom in on a video on Windows Movie Maker? Of course yes. The zoom and pan effect is placed under the animation tab and has been preset with different directions, so you can use Movie Maker to zoom in the center, the top, the bottom, the left, the right, and more. Without further ado, let's dive into detailed steps.

Step 1. Launch Windows Movie Maker on your computer. If you found no such software on your computer, the Photos app on Windows 10 has the same features.

Step 2. Click "Add videos and photos" to import a video from your computer to Windows Movie Maker.

Step 3. Click "Edit" on the toolbar. Move the time controller to select a certain part of the video and click "Split", otherwise the pan and zoom effect will be applied to the whole video.

Split video in Windows Movie Maker

Step 4. Click "Animations" and expand the "Pan and Zoom" tab to find more effects that zoom in/out in positions and directions. Select the video clip you just split and click on the one and make a zoom in or zoom out effect to your video.

Zoom in and out in Windows Movie Maker

Step 5. Click "Home" > "Save movie", and export the video with recommended settings.

Note: Pan and zoom effects cannot be used at the same time in Windows Movie Maker. And the zoom speed cannot be customized.

4. How to Zoom in on a Video in Videoleap

Videoleap is a video editing app for iPhone. It has numerous features to create trending short videos including stickers, filters, video and sound effects, text, tone lab, etc. It goes viral among young video creators for its intuitive and flexible editing operations as well as handy share option to social media platforms.

Today, we'll concentrate on its zoom effect. By pressing and pinch two fingers on the screen, you can easily get a cool zoom effect for TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter videos. Now let's take a look at how to use it on earth.

Step 1. Launch Videoleap, and click the + icon to import a video to it, or you can open a previous project.

Step 2. Play your video and cut out a certain clip that you want to make zoom in effect on.

Step 3. Tap the diamond icon on the right bottom of the screen, and insert keyframes to the start and end of the clip that you cut out.

Step 4. Press two fingers on the screen and pinch to zoom in or out while playing the clip. Now you can preview the video and make sure the zoom in effect was applied to the desired footage.

How to zoom in on a video in Videoleap

Step 5. Then click "Export", and select a video resolution and frame rate. Finally, save it to the Photos app.

Final Words

That's all for our tutorial on how to zoom in/out on a video. And we used 4 video editors from desktop to mobile, covering different editing levels. But if you are wondering which the best one is, I'd say the Digiarty next-gen NLE software with combination of power and true simplicity.

Before its official releasing, download VideoProc and pre-experience fast and easy video editing process in a few clicks.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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