Selective zoom

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I have two photos on the screen and would like to zoom in on just one of them while the rest of the page -- the background and the other photo -- remain exactly the same. I just can't figure it out. Thanks!
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One way to do it is to make a copy of your clip
Put it on a track above your primary clip
Lock the  primary clip track ( so your don't move it or the zoom doesn't get applied to it
Then  crop the Copy down to the area you want to zoom
Then add a animation to zoom in the clip-copy
then add the "Restore animation" to zoom it out again.

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I added a optional background dim in this example.

The Gif doesn't do it Justus. as a video it play smoothly.




Dubie:)
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Thanks, Dubie. Not quite what I have in mind. Imagine two photos side by side. I don't want the SIZE of the photos to change, but I want to zoom in WITHIN one of the photos. (I'm not sure the way I'm explaining it makes sense.)
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Is this more like what your looking to do?

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And are you wanting to do this with SnagIt or Camtasia?

Also, can you point to an example you know of that illustrates it?
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That is a good question. Snagit or Camtasia?

I just assumed Camtasia. hehe  Don't know why.

Should never assume anything.
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@Shel Holtz

I'll be away the rest of the day so if the above is possibly what you needed here is the method I used guessing you are working in Camtasia.

Note that the Gif image animations are so fast because of the upload limitations
here on the forum.

You can make the animations much slower and nicer in a project.

The second Gif I posted follows the same principles of the first Gif I posted above but just a little different layout.

1. Put the image you Do Not want to zoom in on, on the first track and adjust the location/size you need it.
2. Put your second image (that you want to zoom in on)  on track two and adjust the location/size.
3. COPY the second image (track two) and PASTE on to track three.
4. Lock track one and two.
5. Crop the copied image on track three to what you want to zoom in on.
6. Add a custom animation to track three and scale/zoom the cropped image to taste.
7. If you want the zoom to return back to normal add the "Restore" animation after the zoom in animation.




Unlock any tracks and Group all three images once you have things the way you want to free up some tracks if needed.


Dubie:)

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It's Camtasia 2019.
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Are you referring to this effect or something very similar?



You would want to apply 2 separate animations. One zooming the image outward.
A delay duration of your choice as to how long it's fullscreen or however large you make.
Than another animation to return it to normal.

1.Start of zoom


2.End of zoom


3.Delay duration between  animations


4.Back to original


Regards,Joe
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Hi, Joe. Nope, that's not it.
I'm using Camtasia 2019 and here's my best shot at describing the visual I have in mind.
Imagine two photos on the screen side by side. They have wide white borders to make them look like old snapshots. The one on the right is static, but the one of the left zooms in on the faces of the people in the photo WITHOUT THE PHOTO ITSELF GROWING TO OCCUPY MORE OF THE FRAME. That is, the dimensions of the photo borders remain intact while the image INSIDE the borders expands.
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This?

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Yes, that!! How did you do that??
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Shel, whatever the outcome of this exercise, your query sure brought out some amazing zoom animation techniques. So for that, thanks for asking!

I did some fairly elaborate zoom effects on my YT Channel years ago and using an earlier version of Camtasia. I think the key to doing what you want is knocking out (make transparent) a section of the photo within the picture frame and overlay that over the zooming face pictures.
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Or were you thinking this?


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That's basically what I showed above in my second example with the kids
and explained how I went about doing the effect.

Is your method similar to the steps I explained?
What makes it different?
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My method requires using a Photo Editor. And an elliptical feathered selection.
I don't care for the hard edge boxy look cropping gives you for this type of effect.
90+% of the time, 2 images side by side will create a black border/background situation due to their aspect ratio.When placed in any standard aspect ratio video. Which is completely unrelated to the actual effect. But I had some suggestions on that front and I would cover them as well. 



Here's my approach.



This would require.............
Photoshop, Affinity Photo or any high quality editor.
Or GIMP, the free downloadable program.
You could try a free online editor? I currently don't approve of any for this.I tried several and they don't feather elliptical selections correctly.There might be one out there that works well?

If a client had requested this, I would have no reservations sending it out as the initial concept.
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Close. I don't want a part of the photo to grow, I want the entire image to grow within the bounds of the photo. I think I'm giving up, though. ;-)
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Fair enough, to be honest.

If you’re applying a border to the images with Camtasia. Or the border is part of your photos already. There is no way to control how those borders react. In either case they would grow with image zooming applied.

Animated cropping of the outside borders could be another approach, however. Camtasia lacks the ability to animate a crop smoothly. It’s erratic and inconsistent when applied. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to apply the technique ever since I started using Camtasia many years ago. I won’t bother explaining in detail what’s wrong with the technique.

Since everything has to be stacked in layers in the proper order. There’s only one approach I’m aware of that would ensure a professional looking result. That would require creating a template with artificially created borders. Then placing the images behind the template in the proper stacking order. Animating the image to enlarge within the template. Like this PNG image below which has a transparent background within the frames borders. I created it in Photoshop. If you want to save that to your computer and give it a whirl. Please feel free to do so.the borders at the top and the bottom, could be enhanced with an Animated background or a still image.



the image below is what the template actually looks like in Camtasia. You cannot see the transparent area on this webpage because you're only seeing the white background of this webpage.



you could actually create your own templates within Camtasia using callouts. You would need several callouts to create the borders. You would also have to fill the area within the borders with green. Exporting the image as a PNG. Reimporting the image.



You would apply remove a color to the green areas to make that part of the image transparent. Which is a heck of a lot to go through. But Camtasia cannot export images with transparency. So this is strictly a technique for using Camtasia exclusively.the new template would act exactly as the Photoshop image above. However, you can design a template to whatever dimensions Work best with your project.

The effect you’re trying to create would require several steps regardless of the program you’re using. So unless you really want this effect. There’s little point in my going into any further details.

If you still want to Pull this off. I’m willing to provide further instructions if needed.

Good luck with your project. Regards, Joe

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Many thanks, Joe. I can do this. I'm not a Photoshop user but I can figure it out with the tools I do use. I'm very grateful for the assist. I'll let you know if I need any further help.