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Creating a cool picture effect with iMovie

by YetiSherpa / April 2, 2012 11:31 PM PDT

Hi all,

Have a look at the following YoutubeVideo, at 0.20 there is a really cool effect that I would like to master. Any suggestions for tutorials, name of effect and other info is much appreciated.

It looks like the background is static and the foreground moves. I know that it was created from a single image.

Thanks in advance,

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2012 4:42 AM PDT
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Thanks, but it is more than a Ken Burns... I think.
by YetiSherpa / April 3, 2012 9:38 PM PDT

The issue is that I know it was created from one picture.

The picture is somehow separated into two layers (Background/Foreground).

I think the background is loaded into iMovie first (no movement added)

Then the foreground is loaded on top of the background and a Ken Burns is set.

I tried this with a different photo, but I can't create the effect from the Youtube clip. The background and foreground don't match up (Either the "foreground part" of the original is visible behind the second layer or there is some whitespace)

Any help or suggestions is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


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Sorry but at 20
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2012 3:34 AM PDT

I didn't see anything special. Maybe a fade from one to the next but that's a very standard transition.

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Sorry but the fade looks closer to the 17, 18 second mark.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2012 3:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Sorry but at 20

And it's just a fade.

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Later at 29 seconds I see a SLIDE effect.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2012 3:48 AM PDT

It's two images and the back image is sliding to give a pseudo illusion that the camera is moving along a horizontal line.

Nothing really new here. I don't want to upset you but these are done in post production using many systems that I can't guess if it was Sony Vegas, FCP HD or with/without add ons.

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