BASIC ANIMATION TUTORIAL
HOW TO ANIMATE THE SCALE OF A STILL IMAGE

You're creating your 15 Pictures project. Your goal is to animate a series of still images so they SLOWLY push in, push out, move right/left, or move up/down. In order to do this, you will need to understand the process of KEYFRAMING EFFECTS in Premiere Pro.

Here are a couple of things to consider:

1. Still images do not have a frame rate.
2. Still images rarely have the same ratio/aspect ratio of video.

THEREFORE:

You will need to create a sequence from scratch, ensuring your S.C.A.R.F. settings are correct, based on the delivery specs assigned.

1. CREATE A SEQUENCE FROM SCRATCH

• At the bottom of the PROJECT WINDOW (bottom left window), select the NEW ITEM button.

• Select SEQUENCE

2. SELECT SEQUENCE PRESET

• Now you must ensure the sequence preset you're choosing match the SCARF setting assigned to the project.

In this case, the SCARF settings are: 1080p24


• The best preset to use is ARRI > 1080p > "ARRI 1080p 23.976"


• Name your sequence in the box below.

3. DROP STILL IMAGE INTO TIMELINE

• Premiere Pro interprets a still image as one frame played over and over again, according to the frame rate.

• PLACE the still image into the sequence.

• NOTICE in the CANVAS WINDOW (top right window) how the aspect ratio of the picture is different from the aspect ratio of the sequence. As a result, the picture doesn't quite fit. You can see BLACK BARS on either side of the picture.

4. NAVIGATE TO EFFECTS CONTROLS

• HIGHLIGHT the clip in the sequence.

• NAVIGATE to the EFFECTS CONTROLS panel in the VIEWER WINDOW (top left window).

5. TURN ON ANIMATION AND CREATE KEYFRAME

• Ensure your PLAYHEAD is located on the FIRST FRAME OF THE CLIP.

• CLICK the TOGGLE ANIMATION BUTTON (looks like a stopwatch) beside the SCALE controls. The button will turn blue.

• NOTICE how a KEYFRAME appears in the timeline. It is circled red in the picture.


** This keyframe actually looks like a diamond. However, because it is on the first frame of the clip, we can only see half of the diamond.

6. SET SCALE SETTING FOR FIRST KEYFRAME

• Ensure your PLAYHEAD is still on the FIRST FRAME of the clip, where you placed your first keyframe.

• ADJUST the SCALE SETTINGS so that the picture covers the entire frame. We should not see any black in the frame.


** Now Premiere knows what the SCALE SETTING should be when the playhead is on this keyframe.

7. PLACE KEYFRAME ON LAST FRAME OF THE CLIP

• MOVE your PLAYHEAD to the LAST FRAME of the clip. Use your cursor to be precise.

• CLICK the ADD KEYFRAME BUTTON (circled in red) to add another keyframe.

• NOTICE how another keyframe appears in the EFFECT CONTROLS window, this time at the end of the clip.


** When you first turn on the animation toggle (the stopwatch button), you first keyframe is automatically added. From that point forward, you must click the ADD KEYFRAME button to add more keyframes. Clicking the animation toggle button again will turn off the animation and delete all keyframes.

8. SET SCALE SETTINGS FOR LAST KEYFRAME

• ENSURE your playhead is still on the last keyframe.

• ADJUST the SCALE SETTINGS (circled in red) to a number slightly larger than the first keyframe.

• NOTICE how the still image zooms in on the canvas window.



** Premiere now knows what the SCALE SETTING should be when the playhead lands on that last frame.


** Now play your timeline and watch how the image automatically moves from one keyframe setting to the next.

THAT'S IT!