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Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Ken Burns Effect

Today I completed a four-minute video that will be shown at the beginning of a triennial business meeting this Sunday. It’s a visual version of the company president’s report. Ironic how he and everyone else knows good and well that only a handful of people will actually read every word of the written version that’s in the prepared booklet. So, he asked for a condensed version in video form. But, while he’s not camera shy, he had no interest to be seen in this particular video. Likewise, we had no plan for actual video footage.

So, for the past week, i’ve been getting really friendly with something known as the Ken Burns effect. Fortunately, Final Cut Pro makes doing these fairly easily, but setting them up for several dozen images over a four-minute timeline gets to be quite laborious. Compounding the challenge of getting them all done is the little matter of what seems to be a cosmetic bug in Final Cut. Those familiar with timeline for motion effects know that keyframes are set in place to define the desired effect, then you can drag keyframes left and right to position them exactly where desired, or up and down to increase or decrease values. It’s difficult to describe without screenshots something I may do later on), but the multiple tracks that control things like scale, position, rotation, etc., will frequently appear out of whack—not in alignment with each other. I’m sure it’s strictly cosmetic because I need but simply flip to the filter tab and back to motion to clear it and see the tracks properly aligned.

Anyway, I’ve gotta be up early Sunday—normally my day to sleep in. Workers have to be at the meeting venue at 8 a.m. Gah!

» Posted by ALBj at 07:05 PM (ET)
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