Zoom Techniques in DaVinci Resolve (Each Under 2 Minutes!)

zoom techniques in davinci resolve

Zoom is a very important and basic technique in post production.

A basic zoom in, zoom out, and then coupling it with panning and tracking can elevate your video.

Apart from that we will also look into the zoom blur transition and dynamic zoom feature inside Resolve.

Each technique will take around 2 minutes which means you can quickly implement and get going.

Let’s get started!


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How to Zoom In On a Clip or Image in DaVinci Resolve Quickly?

  • Under the “Edit” page, select your required clip or image in the timeline.
  • Go to the “Inspector” tab in the upper right corner.
  • Under “Transform” -> “Zoom”, increase the value of “X” or “Y” greater than 1.
  • Increasing the value will zoom your video in.
  • Adjust the “X” or “Y” values against the “Position” to maintain the required framing.

Against “Position“…

The “X” refers to the panning of a clip (horizontal).

The “Y” refers to the tilting of a clip (vertical).

How to Zoom Out on a Video Clip in DaVinci Resolve?

Under the “Edit” page, click on the required clip in the timeline. Go to the “Inspector” tab. Under “Transform” -> “Zoom”, reduce the value of “X” or “Y” to lesser than 1. Reducing the value will zoom out the clip. You need to adjust the framing of the video using “X” or “Y” values of “Position”.


This is how you do a basic zoom in and out.

Keep in mind that most often you’ll have to adjust the “Position” values to pan or tilt to maintain your framing after zooming in or out.

But the above holds good only for scenarios where you have your camera fixed. Which means you didn’t pan or tilt your camera.

But if you happen to move your camera, then you might have to maintain your framing whenever your camera moves up (tilt) or sideways (pan), etc,.

Or..

You might need to achieve ken burns like effect – You have your camera fixed, but you’d like to zoom in to frame a key subject, say, a moving person, and pan or track the subject. This creates a visual as if the camera was tracking during production.

This is where you need to keyframe your zoom for tracking or panning effect. (Don’t worry, it’s simple).

The below section will help you – step by step.

How to Zoom and Pan in DaVinci Resolve?

1.In the timeline, place your playhead at the first frame of your clip. Then go to “Inspector” -> “Transform”. Click on the small diamond symbol to turn on the keyframe (which turns red).

Enter a “Zoom” value of “1.001” in “X” – this is to make sure a keyframe is placed at the first frame with no zoom.

2. Right-click on the clip and select “Retime Curve“. (Or click on the retime curve as shown in the screenshot). This is for visual reference.

3. Now place your playhead after few seconds, and then zoom in on the clip by increasing the value of “X” against “Zoom” under “Transform“. Then reframe your video using Position “X” and “Y”. 2 keyframes will be placed for both zoom and position.

4. Then place your playhead after few seconds. Reframe your video using “Position X or Y” (pan or tilt accordingly). The purpose is to track your subject and keep them framed. This will place another keyframe.

Then move forward in the timeline and reframe your subject if needed, which will place another keyframe. Do this till you are a few seconds away from the end of the clip.

5. Place your playhead at the last frame of the clip. Zoom out by reducing the value of “X” or “Y” (most probably, the value will be 1). Reframe using “Position” (most probably, the values will be zero for both “X” and “Y”). This will place another set of keyframes.

Now when you play the clip, you will see the video zoom in, then pan or track your subject for sometime, then again zoom out!

6. You can click on the small dropdown arrow from the top left corner and select different values like Zoom X, Zoom Y, Position X, Position Y, etc., for a visual reference of how the keyframes are placed with respect to each other.


Moving on to the next zoom technique.

This technique will save you a lot of time, if you have a lot of clips which needs quick zoom in and out or vice versa. There is no need for you to keyframe. DaVinci Resolve will automatically take care of it.

We are talking about Dynamic Zoom!

What is Dynamic Zoom in DaVinci Resolve?

“Dynamic Zoom” is a quick zoom effect which on enabling, will start a clip zoomed in and then gradually zoom out at the end of the clip automatically (without any keyframes). The zooming in and zooming 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”.

“Linear” Motion in Dynamic Zoom

Selecting the “Linear” option under “Dynamic Zoom Ease” will have a normal zoom out or zoom in motion, with no acceleration or deceleration in the speed.

“Ease In” Motion in Dynamic Zoom

Selecting the “Ease in” option under “Dynamic Zoom Ease” will begin zooming out/in slowly and 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 gradually decelerate (slow down) 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 gradually accelerate (speed up) at the middle and then slowing 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.


How to Dynamic Zoom in DaVinci Resolve?

  • Under the “Edit” page, select your clip in the timeline.
  • Click on the “Inspector” tab to reveal dynamic zoom settings.
  • Enable the “Dynamic Zoom” setting by clicking on 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 zoomed in and gradually zoom out by speeding up at the end.

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 and 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. You will have to enable “Dynamic Zoom” for each of your required clips.


Dynamic Zoom Keyframe in DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve doesn’t have keyframing for the “Dynamic Zoom” feature (at least at the time of this writing). If you want more controls over the zoom, it probably is a good idea to keyframe the “Zoom X and Y” functionality under the “Transform” controls in the “Inspector” tab, where you have total control over the zoom in/out and wherever you want.

(Please go through the above sections for more details).


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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 “Transform” controls in the “Inspector” tab.


Zoom Blur Effect in DaVinci Resolve

Zoom blur transitions look really cool. In the past, it usually took a lot of steps to produce the zoom blur transition in Resolve.

Now with the help of “Zoom In” Fusion transition, you can easily achieve the zoom blur effect.

The “Zoom In” transition also has “Motion Blur” built right in, so that you can control the amount of blur you want during zooming in.

How to Add Zoom Blur Transition in DaVinci Resolve 17 Quickly?

  • Under the “Edit” page, place your 2 clips end to end – which needs the zoom blur transition effect.
  • Click on the “Effects Library” tab (upper left) below the menu.
  • Click on “Toolbox” -> “Video Transitions” and scroll down to locate “Fusion Transitions”.
  • Drag and drop the “Zoom In” transition at the meeting point of the 2 clips in the timeline.
  • Click on the transition and go to “Inspector” and click on the Transition” tab to reveal the “Zoom in” settings.
  • Set the duration to “0.5” seconds – this will produce a quick zoom (which looks cool).
  • Under “Effect – Zoom In” settings, increase the “Zoom Scale” as per your taste.
  • Check the “Motion Blur” checkbox to enable it.
  • Play with the “Quality” and “Shutter Angle” values until you get the desired motion blur coupled with the zoom-in.
  • Now you have a cool quick zoom with blur effect transition!


If you want to learn more about motion blur, then click on the below posts:

How to Add Motion Blur in DaVinci Resolve (Read This First!)


Now let’s see a nice little productivity tip related to working with the timeline.

Sometimes expanding or zooming in the timeline and zooming out can become cumbersome when you use the mouse to click on the plus and minus buttons below the timeline viewer.

How to Zoom in DaVinci Resolve Timeline?

DaVinci Resolve timeline can be zoomed in with the shortcut “Ctrl” and “+” (or “Cmd” and “+”). Press and hold “Ctrl” or “Cmd” and then press the “+” (plus) button to zoom in on the timeline. Press “+” multiple times to zoom further into the timeline.

How to Zoom Out DaVinci Resolve Timeline?

DaVinci Resolve timeline can be zoomed out with the shortcut “Ctrl” and “-” (or “Cmd” and “-“). Press and hold “Ctrl” or “Cmd” and then press the “-” (minus) button to zoom out of the timeline. This will compress your timeline.


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