How to Zoom in on a Video Using Jump Cut and Keyframe (Online, PC, and Phone)

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Last Updated: 2022. 05. 31

Zoom in effect is a widely-used technique in video editing, esp for YouTube video tutorials or product reviews. By zooming in on a video, you are able to draw viewers’ attention to detailed parts of a video or imitate a zoom in camera movement you missed out on in real-time filming.

So, in this tutorial, we will walk you through how to zoom in on a video using Jump Cut and Keyframe, 2 of the most popular and proven ways to do zoom in video effects.

Here’s What You Will Learn:

How to Zoom in on a Video by Jump Cut

To create the zoom in video effect by Jump Cut, all you need to do is 3 steps:

Step 1
Cut or split video footage into 3 clips.
Step 2
Scale up an area of the second clip for the zoom in effect.
Step 3
Merge the three clips.

Here, we would like to show you how to zoom in on a video by using FlexClip, a free and feature-packed online video editor. No software download is needed and it’s watermark-free. With FlexClip, you can easily trim or split clips, and add zoom in and zoom out effects, video transitions, animated texts, and other cool video effects to your videos.

Use FlexClip online video editor to zoom in on a video

Use FlexClip online video editor to zoom in on a video

Step 1: Upload Your Video to FlexClip Directly from Your Phone or PC and Ddd it to the Timeline

Upload video footage to FlexClip

Upload video footage to FlexClip

Step 2: Split the Video Footage into 3 Clips

You need to cut off the original video footage twice. Firstly, use the split tool to cut off the video for the start of the zoom in effect. Then, select the second storyboard and split the video where you want the video to zoom back out.

Use split tool to cut off the start and end of the zoom in effect

Use split tool to cut off the start and end of the zoom in effect

Step 3: Apply the Zoom in Effect to the Video

Select the second clip and click the Zoom tool above and drag the slider all way to the right to scale up the video size and position the video to where you want the zoom in effect to be. Now, the Jump Cut to zoom in on a video is done.

Apply the zoom in effect to the video

Apply the zoom in effect to the video

Here is the resulting video from the example:

Zoom in on a video by Jump Cut using FlexClip

Step 4: Add a Video Transition to Smooth the Zoom In and Zoom Out Effect (Optional)

Well, you may also add a fade in/out video transition and set the duration of transition to 0.5 seconds to make the zoom in and zoom out effect smoother and more professional.

Add video transition to zoom in effect and set time

Add video transition to zoom in effect and set time

Here is the zoom in video effect with a smoother video transition:

Zoom in on a video with a smooth video transition by FlexClip

Step 5: Click the Export Button to Download or Share Your Video

You can directly download the MP4 video to your local computer or share it directly to the YouTube channel or save it to Google Drive, Dropbox. FlexClip will also generate a clickable link and embed code for easier sharing.

Bonus Tips
To zoom in on a video without losing quality, we recommend that you film the video with at least 1080P (FHD) and 30FPS because if the video resolution is low, as you scale up the size of the video, the video image will be pixelized and lose video quality.

How to Zoom in on Premiere Pro Using Keyframe

The second technique you can use to zoom in on a video is called Keyframe or Key Framing. Keyframe refers to a specific animation or movement from point A to point B on the timeline. So, for this time, let’s see how to use popular Adobe Premiere Pro to apply the smooth the zoom in effect on a video.

Step 1: Add the Video on the Timeline on Premiere Pro and Select It

Step 2: Use Anchor Point to Locate the Area in the Video to Zoom In

Go to “Effect Controls “ > click “Anchor Point” > move the anchor point to the place where you want to zoom in on the video.

Use anchor point to locate the zoom-in area on a video

Use anchor point to locate the zoom-in area on a video

Step 3: Create Keyframe for the Start of the Zoom in Effect

Head back to “Effect Controls” > move the playhead to where you want to add the start of zooming in > click the “StopWatch” next to scale to create the start of the keyframe.

Create the first keyframe for the start of the zoom in effect

Create the first keyframe for the start of the zoom in effect

Step 4: Apply the Zoom in Effect

Move the Playhead to where you wanna the zoom in effect ends and increase the Scale to how much you’d like to zoom in to. This will automatically create the second keyframe for the animation and the zoom in effect will be also created on the video.

Scale up the video size and add another keyframe for the zoom in effect

Scale up the video size and add another keyframe for the zoom in effect

Step 5: Zoom Out for the Rest of the Video

Move to playhead to where you want the video to zoom back out > click the little circle button, which will create the third keyframe for the current scale > move the playhead to where you want the video to be unzoomed > click the “Reset Parameter” button to create the keyframe to the original unzoomed value. Done.

Add another 2 keyframes to zoom out on a video

Add another 2 keyframes to zoom out on a video

  • To change the speed of zoom in and zoom out effect, you can adjust the distance between two keyframes. The closer the distance, the faster the zoom in effect will be applied, and vice versa.
  • To make zoom in and zoom out effect on the video smoother, drag to select a pair of keyframes and right-click one of the keyframes and select “Ease In”. Then, do the same for the rest of 2 keyframes and select “Ease out”.
  • How to Zoom in on a Video on Phone by CapCut

    As a bonus, we’d also like to walk you through how to zoom in on a video on your phone using the keyframe feature of the powerful mobile app CapCut. CapCut is available both to both iPhone and Android users for free.

    Step 1: Create a New Project and Import the Video on CapCut

    Import the video to CapCut

    Import the video to CapCut

    Step 2: Create the First Keyframe for the Start of the Zoom In Effect

    Move the playhead to decide the start of zoom in effect on the video and tap the Keyframe tool to add the first keyframe.

    Add the first keyframe on the timline

    Add the first keyframe on the timline

    Step 3: Apply the Zoom In Effect

    Keep moving the playhead and stop where you wish the zoom in effect to ends. Tap the keyframe tool again to add the second keyframe. Then, unpinch on the video with your fingers to scale up the video size and position the video for the area of the video you’d like to zoom in. Done. As you playback the video, the video will automatically zoom in for the area you selected.

    Add the second keyframe and unpinch finger to zoom in on a video

    Add the second keyframe and unpinch finger to zoom in on a video

    Step 4: Apply the Zoom Out Effect for the Rest of the Video

    Move the playhead and place the third keyframe and move the playhead further and place the fourth keyframe and pinch to scale the video size back to normal. Then the video shall zoom back automatically to the original size. The distance of two keyframes will decide the speed of the zoom in and zoom out effect on the video.

    Add another two keyframes and pinch to zoom out on a video

    Add another two keyframes and pinch to zoom out on a video

    The resulting zoom in effect on a video from the example above:

    Zoom in and zoom out on a video by CapCut

    Step 5: Preview and Export the Video

    Now, It's Your Move

    So, now you know how to zoom in on a video using Jump Cut and Keyframe techniques. Hopefully, you find our tutorial helpful and enjoy the video tools we recommended. So, start creating zoom in effect on your video for greater tutorial videos or product reviews, now!

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