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George88 [Avatar]
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In one of my videos I have a stationary object that I want to zoom in on and move around. I add keyframes but Power Director joins them with a smooth curve. This means it goes off screen in places and doesn't move how I want it to. Can I disable this annoying feature and make it move straight from key frame to key frame? I have tried adding extra key frames inbetween but it's still not good enough. Thanks.
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optodata
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It sounds like you're using the Crop& Zoom tool, which is a quick way to get smooth motion but also suffers from the issue you mention of sometimes having the edge of the frame move off of the content. There haven't been any improvements in that area since PD15, so you're left with two choices.

If you want to continue to use the tool, one way to keep the frame on the content is to add a keyframe right where the frame edge leaves the content then add a 2nd, duplicate keyframe right away. That will force PD's motion algorithm to halt there and then start a new vector towards the next keyframe. It takes practice, experimentation, and patience, but it can be done.

An alternate approach is to adjust the keyframe that the frame comes back on the content for and move its screen position away from the edge so that the frame never leaves the content on the path from the previous keyframe. Again, you'll need to experiment to get the right feel for this adjustment.

The other main choice would be to skip the tool and go straight to the PiP Designer, where all aspects of keyframing are available and only the motion you set up will occur. You can use ease-in/ease-out to adjust the velocity of the sweep at and between the keyframes and also specify the exact path you want the zoomed window to take. This method can be more time-consuming but it will always give you predictable results.
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Thanks. I have tried the first two methods with limited success. I couldn't seem to add extra keyframes as close as I needed to. I'll try the third suggestion.
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I have had this same problem with PowerDirector for years, and it is still present in 365. Sometimes it works fine and sometimes, even if my zoom is well inside the boundary, it moves down below it when I am just trying to move it from left to right straight across the screen. Can this really be solved with PiP, and if so, where can I find a tutorial that will show me how? (There are hundreds of PiP tutorials because Pip does so many things, but I have never found one that tells me simply how to move a cropped area across the screen in a straight line.) This is such a simple issue and countless people must have run into it--why hasn't Cyberlink fixed it by now?


Quote It sounds like you're using the Crop& Zoom tool, which is a quick way to get smooth motion but also suffers from the issue you mention of sometimes having the edge of the frame move off of the content. There haven't been any improvements in that area since PD15, so you're left with two choices.

If you want to continue to use the tool, one way to keep the frame on the content is to add a keyframe right where the frame edge leaves the content then add a 2nd, duplicate keyframe right away. That will force PD's motion algorithm to halt there and then start a new vector towards the next keyframe. It takes practice, experimentation, and patience, but it can be done.

An alternate approach is to adjust the keyframe that the frame comes back on the content for and move its screen position away from the edge so that the frame never leaves the content on the path from the previous keyframe. Again, you'll need to experiment to get the right feel for this adjustment.

The other main choice would be to skip the tool and go straight to the PiP Designer, where all aspects of keyframing are available and only the motion you set up will occur. You can use ease-in/ease-out to adjust the velocity of the sweep at and between the keyframes and also specify the exact path you want the zoomed window to take. This method can be more time-consuming but it will always give you predictable results.
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