This is part of the DaVinci Resolve Zoom series.
The “Dynamic Zoom” technique will save you a lot of time if you want to perform quick zoom in and out or vice versa, for multiple clips.
There is no need for you to keyframe or animate it.
This has saved me a ton of time!
The best part is – DaVinci Resolve will automatically take care of it.
Without wasting time…
Let’s dive right in!
What is Dynamic Zoom in DaVinci Resolve?
“Dynamic Zoom” is a quick zoom effect that on enabling, will zoom in a clip at the start and then gradually zoom out at the end automatically (without any keyframes).
The zooming in and out at the start and end of a clip can be swapped.
The motion of zooming out and zooming in is controlled with the help of 4 options – “Linear”, “Ease in”, “Ease out”, and “Ease in and out”.
How to Do Dynamic Zoom in DaVinci Resolve?
- Under the “Edit” page, select your clip in the timeline. (Selecting your clip in the timeline is very important!)
- Click on the “Inspector” tab to reveal dynamic zoom settings.
- Enable the “Dynamic Zoom” setting by clicking the toggle button (which turns red).
- Select an option, say, “Ease in” from the “Dynamic Zoom Ease” dropdown.
- When you play the clip, it will start zooming in and then gradually zooming out by speeding up at the end.
“Dynamic Zoom” has various settings that determine the type of zoom, the speed of zoom, etc.
Let’s go through them individually so that you can choose the right option for your requirement.
DaVinci Resolve Dynamic Zoom Settings:
“Linear” Motion in Dynamic Zoom
Selecting the “Linear” option under “Dynamic Zoom Ease” will have a standard zoom out or zoom in motion, with no acceleration or deceleration in the zoom speed.
“Ease In” Motion in Dynamic Zoom
Selecting the “Ease in” option under “Dynamic Zoom Ease” will zoom out/in the video slowly and then gradually accelerate (speed up) at the end.
“Ease Out” Motion in Dynamic Zoom
Opposite of “Ease In” – selecting the “Ease out” option under “Dynamic Zoom Ease” will begin with speeded up zooming out/in motion and gradual decelerated (slowed down) speed at the end.
“Ease In and Out” Motion in Dynamic Zoom
Selecting the “Ease in and out” option under “Dynamic Zoom Ease” will begin zooming out/in slowly and then gradually accelerate (speed up) in the middle and then slow down at the end. It is a combination of ease in and ease out.
“Swap” button in Dynamic Zoom
Clicking on the “Swap” button will reverse the start and end of the zoom effect.
Can the Dynamic Zoom Settings be Copied and Pasted to Other Clips in Resolve?
You can copy-paste the Dynamic zoom settings to other clips using the adjustment clip in Resolve, found under the “Effects” tab. Instead of applying dynamic zoom to a video clip, you should apply it to the adjustment clip, which will help you copy the changes to other clips.
Here’s how to do it.
How to Copy Dynamic Zoom Settings to Other Clips in Resolve?
- Under the “Edit” page, click on the “Effects” tab (located in the upper left corner).
- Click on the “Toolbox” > “Effects” > “Adjustment Clip”.
- Now drag and drop the adjustment clip on top of an existing video clip in the timeline.
- Click on the adjustment clip and then go to the “Inspector“.
- Enable the “Dynamic Zoom” and change the settings to your requirement.
- Now grab the right or left side of the adjustment clip and then drag it over other clips.
- You can also click on the adjustment clip, press “Alt” (a duplicate will be created) while still clicking it, and then place the duplicate over other clips.
- The dynamic zoom settings of one clip are copy-pasted to other clips in the timeline with the help of adjustment clip.
How to Pan Using Dynamic Zoom in DaVinci Resolve?
- After enabling “Dynamic Zoom” from the “Inspector” tab for your required clip in the timeline, click on the dropdown in the bottom left corner of the timeline viewer and select the “Dynamic Zoom” option.
- The green box represents the starting size and position of the zoom, and the red box represents the ending size and position of the zoom.
- Click inside the border of the green box and move it to the left for a pan effect. Drag the border to resize the zoom to your taste.
- You will see a line or motion path connecting the 2 boxes.
- Now click on the red border, resize it to the same size as the green one, and drag the box to the right side. (The same size will ensure no zoom out or in. Alternatively, you can resize the boxes for panning and zooming in/out at the same time).
- Select “Linear” (or any other option according to your taste) against “Dynamic Zoom Ease” for gradual speed from the start of the clip to the end of the clip.
- Now play the clip. It should pan from left to right with your required zoom.
Keep in mind that, by default, the dynamic zoom is turned off. Therefore, you will have to enable “Dynamic Zoom” for all of your required clips.
Dynamic Zoom Keyframe in DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve doesn’t support keyframing for “Dynamic Zoom” feature. If you want more controls over the zoom, keyframe the “Zoom X and Y” functionality under the “Transform” settings in the “Inspector” tab, where you have total control over the zoom in/out and the clip’s position.
How to Remove Dynamic Zoom in DaVinci Resolve?
To remove “Dynamic Zoom”, click on the toggle button against the “Dynamic Zoom” to disable it under the “Transform” controls in the “Inspector” tab. The toggle button is now greyed out.