Adding motion to still photos (the Ken Burns effect) is nothing new. In fact, it’s so common these days that web sites have popped up whose sole purpose is to allow you to create animated photo slideshows.
However, a new technique that is starting to be done more and more in the world of television, is to take a still photo and isolate just a portion of that photo…while still adding motion.
For example, taking a photo of monkeys that starts like this:
But ends like this:
I’ve put together a video tutorial showing you how to do this in Sony Vegas. It’s actually far easier than you may think. And it’s a great way to add dramatic and very unique effects to your videos.
Click on the image below to watch the tutorial now (if you’re a Firefox user, you’ll need to be using Firefox 3.0 or above to watch this video):