Add zoom and pan effects
1 Add to your timeline
Import a 4K resolution clip into iMovie and add it to a project’s timeline. Click the Cropping icon above the Viewer, then click the Ken Burns button. Start and End rectangles will then be overlaid on your clip in the Viewer.
2 Test the movement
Press the Spacebar to play the default Ken Burns-style movement. The camera zooms in slowly at the start and finishes on a close-up. You can control when the movement starts and ends, and refine its size and direction.
3 Split the clip
Click the Reset button (top right). Next, scrub through the timeline to the point where you want the movement to begin, then ≈- click the clip and choose Split Clip. The camera will remain static till the split, then begin to move.
4 Refine the movement
Click on the second part of the split clip, then the Cropping tool again, and apply the Ken Burns effect. Click the End rectangle, then drag its corners inwards to zoom in tighter. Drag from inside it to set a panning direction.
5 Test the movement
Click the check mark in a blue circle (top right) to apply the movement, then play your project. The camera remains static till the split, then begins to zoom and pan to the close-up composition you set using the End rectangle.
6 Make amendments
You can change the movement with ease. Click the clip’s second part, select the Cropping tool and click Ken Burns, drag and resize the End rectangle, and click the check mark. Here we’re zooming in and panning to the far right.