Zooming and Cropping Your Videos

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Zooming and Cropping Your Videos

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The zoom feature can be very useful for keeping your students' attention. It also helps to make your subject matter visible for those students who are watching on mobile devices.

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OK in this lecture we're going to be talking about how to zoom and crop your video and you've seen a lot of this happening in my previous videos where I zoom in on a specific point on the screen just to make it clear to make it easier to see especially on mobile devices like phones or iPads and also just to bring emphasis to a certain part of the screen. So it's really simple to do. You just click on zoom and pan and this will bring up the same image here but it just has these little bullets you can grab onto and grab onto this upper left corner. And when I do watch what happens when I click and drag it zooms down into the lower right hand corner. So if I want to focus in exactly on this piece then that's how I would do that. And you'll notice it creates this little Zoom animation here. And I've talked about this briefly before with the little white dot is the back end of the Zoom where it begins. And you can move that to wherever you are on your timeline. The big dot is where the animation ends and you can grab that and drag it to wherever you want it to be on the timeline. You can also grab the whole thing and move it forward or backward. So if I want the animation to be complete at this particular point in the video then I'd want to put that that blue dot right there and if I want the zoom to begin at that point in the video then I'd put the white dot right there. And depending on how long this is is how fast or slow the animation goes if you have this stretched out really far like this it's going to zoom in super slowly over about 25 seconds worth of video. If I have it all the way down scrunched like this then it's going to zoom in super fast over about four seconds worth of video zooming on your timeline as not to be confused with the zooming in on your video. But if you are zoomed in closer on your timeline you'll see this gets longer just in proportion to the size of your timeline. So that's zooming. And you can zoom from the side. You can zoom from the corners pretty simple as far as I goes. And you will notice you get these little yellow snap bars that are showing you exactly where the original edges. So this is a drag. I go in. And then as I drag out it's going if I get it just right so it turns yellow. So that's where the original video was. So that's kind of nice. And then also if you want to just go back to full screen you just click this. So far I'm all zoomed in like this and I just want to go back to full size. I just click that and it goes back to full size. And then you can also just left click on these right click on them and delete them if you want to if you don't like what you got. Just get rid of them. So that's zooming. Keep in mind too that if you add a call out appear the set circled my face with a red circle. If I have a call out and then I go and zoom to the main timeline. It doesn't always correspond with or call out. So for instance if I have a circle right here on my face and then I go back here and I add zoom so that it's going to be like this the circle is still going to be in the middle where my face was before. So you have to watch that you may have to move the circle. You may have to do the zoom first and then add the call. So just be aware of your cards that they don't jump around on you. And then the last thing I'll show you. You click this back to full size. You can actually crop your video and I don't use this very often and I don't necessarily recommend it but if for some reason you have your ratios are off and you want to only as part of the video you can click crop there and then you can actually crop it right here on the video and you just grab it and slide it. So if I wanted to get rid of this bottom tool bar I could slide it up like that on to get rid of the top toolbar. Like that. But you can see it leaves these black bars at the top and bottom so it's really not very ideal. And again of course you slide it until it goes yellow to restore it to where you had it before and not turning else must be at the bottom. But that's how you use the zoom and crop feature particularly. I do recommend using the zoom feature. Again it's mostly because when you're on a mobile device if we're talking about some really detailed item in the lower right hand corner of the screen it's going to be hard to see that especially if you're recording a full screen of your computer screen. So feel free to zoom in on that. And you don't want to use it excessively because you don't want it just to be zooming all around and kind of making people dizzy. You also have to be aware of how quickly you're zooming and you want the zoom to kind of time before you start talking about whenever you're talking about so that they're not whizzing through space as you're talking about something. But you just want to fit the zoom to the flow of your audio so that you kind of draw people's eyes around the page to where you need to be.