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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 Vlogger, Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, and mobile app Videoleap. Check them now.

1. How to Zoom in on a Video in VideoProc Vlogger

VideoProc Vlogger 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 Vlogger enables its built-in motion 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).

Step 1. Launch VideoProc Vlogger on your Mac or Windows. Create a new project in it and add your video to its Media Library by dragging and dropping.

Import video to VideoProc Vlogger

Step 2. Drag the footage to Video Track in the timeline.

Step 3. Click Motion in the toolbar to open the Motion Editor panel.

Step 4. Choose a zoom effect, Zoom In or Fast Zoom In. Then drag the keyframe to any position that you want the zoom in effect to begin and drag the box on the preview window to define the zooming area.

Use Zoom In Effect in VideoProc Vlogger

Step 5. Play the video to check if the Zoom In effect is okay. Click Apply Motion to save the effect and close the sub window.

Step 6. Hit the Export button and finish some simple settings to save the video to your PC.

Export video from VideoProc Vlogger

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 zoom 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 11/10 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.

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About The Author

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

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