Making Moves

How to Give Images Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro

Because my video focused on Julia as an artist, I used a lot of images and still frames. Even though this was the case I really wanted to add some motion to the artwork I planned on using. Unfortunately, the tutorials we watched for class did not cover how to add motion to pictures.

The first thing you have to do is import the images you would like to use into your project work panel. Then, add them to your sequence.

Once you have done this, make sure the image is selected in the sequence and open the “Effect Controls” tab in the window to the left of the preview panel. With the “Effect Controls” tab open, click the arrow to the left of scale. You can adjust the scale of your image here by either typing in the percentage you would like or by clicking and holding the golden number then dragging your mouse left or right, up or down. Before you adjust the image, make sure you scrub to the beginning of its timeline. Then you can adjust the image. When you have the image adjusted to the position you would like it to be in at the beginning of its movement, click the ”stopwatch” to the left of “position” and “scale”. This will hold the image in this position.

Then scrub the play head forward on the timeline to the time when you would like the image to be in its final position. Then you can adjust the image form the original position to the new one. When you do this a small diamond should appear along the timeline, indicating and saving the change.

By adjusting the scale and position of an image along the duration of its appearance in your video, you can add motion to any imported still frame and even videos. With practice, you can add nonlinear motion and get really creative coordinating the motion of multiple images.


In the above screenshot you can see that the image titled “daughter” is selected and the “Effect Controls” tab is open. The position and scale have been adjusted to the desired location on the playback screen. Along the timeline, you can see that the position changes are marked by small diamonds. In the following pictures you can see how the image moves and the next image begins to appears as the play head moves along the timeline.




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