Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The "Ken Burns Effect"

Everyone has seen this, but unless you do video editing yourself (like on a Mac) you probably didn't know that documentaries, and now many consumer products that use still photos are incorporating the "Ken Burns Effect"

a widely used technique of embedding still photographs in motion pictures, displayed with slow zooming and panning effects, and fading transitions between them. The name derives from extensive use of the technique by American documentarian Ken Burns.

It must be cool to have an "effect" named after you. Here is a video example, but turn on a documentary and you'll see it plenty.

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