Last Updated On: March 29, 2024

When creating your projects, there is a high chance that you may want to zoom in on the objects of interest or pan from one object to another. You can do that within seconds by working with the Zoom-n-Pan feature in ActivePresenter 9.

In general, the procedure of working with zoom-n-pan is inserting a zoom-n-pan object to zoom in on a particular part of the screen, then adding another one to pan or zoom out. In this tutorial, you will learn how to zoom in, zoom out, pan out, and delete zoom-n-pan. Please follow the below instructions to apply it:

Let’s get started now!

Zoom In 

To zoom in on a specific area on the screen, here’s how:

Step 1: Insert a zoom-n-pan object by clicking Zoom-n-Pan in the Insert tab.

Then, you will see the zoom-n-pan rectangle appear on the Canvas with four green handles.

insert a zoom-n-pan object to the Canvas

Step 2: Change the zoom effect position by doing either of the following:

  • Hover the mouse over the outline of the zoom rectangle and drag it to the position you want.
  • Open the Properties pane > Size & Properties tab > Position & ZoomScale section, change the values in the Left (1) and Top spin box (2). This way provides more precise positions of the zoom effect on the slide, in which:
    • Left: X position of the zoom rectangle from the left side.
    • Top: Y position of the zoom rectangle from the top side.  
change zoom postition and scale

Step 3: Change the zoom scale. You can do that by performing one of the following:

  • Hover the mouse over one of the four green handles until the mouse turns into a double-headed arrow, then drag the handle.
  • Enter a value in the Zoom Scale spin box (3) (Properties pane > Size & Properties tab > Position & Zoom Scale section). This way provides a more precise zoom scale.

Step 4: Change the zoom effect start time.

The zoom effect will start to zoom in at the starting point of the object (4) and end at the green diamond (5). The light blue area inside the object Time Bar indicates the effect timing.

change zoom effect start time

To change the start time of the zoom effect, do one of the following:

  • Select the zoom effect object time bar on the Timeline pane > the mouse turns to a four-way arrow > drag it to the left or right. Besides, you can drag the starting point (4) to change the effect start time. However, using this way will change the effect duration at the same time.
  • Access the Timing section of the Properties pane, and enter a value in the Start Time spin box (6).
Timing section of zoom-n-pan

Step 5: Change the zoom effect duration.

By default, the duration of the zoom-n-pan effect is one second. But you can change it to any other value you want. Make sure the effect duration shouldn’t too short or too long as it might cause the zoom in and out to appear in a hurry or disjoint. Two or three seconds are good to go with since a smooth effect is better for viewers to follow.

To adjust the length of a zoom effect, do one of the following ways:

  • Drag the green diamond (5) to the left or right to decrease or increase the duration, respectively.
  • Enter a value in the Duration spin box (7) in the Timing section of the Properties pane.

Pan Out

The next activity when working with the zoom-n-pan feature is to pan out. This is used to pan from one object to another continuously. To create a pan effect in ActivePresenter 9, just add multiple zoom regions to a slide. After inserting and customizing a zoom-n-pan object, insert another one at a specific timestamp, then change its position and scale as explained above. When the slide is displayed, you will see the effect of watching a camera showing the entire screen, then zoom in and simultaneously pan sideways to another area. Next, the camera will gradually move to the other part of the screen where you apply the other zoom effect (if any).

Note: It is possible to add as many zoom-n-pan effects as you want to a project. Also, you can copy and paste a zoom-n-pan effect to a new position instead of inserting a new one from the Insert tab. 

Zoom Out 

The zoom-n-pan object has a one-way effect: When it ends, it does not restore the zoom back to normal. This means the project will keep displaying while zooming at the zoom region till the end of the slide. So, you have to insert another zoom-n-pan object to zoom back to the normal view. It’s slightly different from inserting another zoom-n-pan object to zoom in on another part of the screen.

Do as follow to zoom back to normal:

Step 1: Place the Playhead at the timestamp that you want to zoom back, then insert a zoom-n-pan object.

Step 2: Resize the zoom rectangle to cover the entire slide. Alternatively, you can let the value in the Zoom Scale spin box (3) be 100.

When the slide is displayed with the zoom effect, it will start to go back to the normal view when it reaches this zoom-n-pan object.   

Delete Zoom-n-Pan

To delete the Zoom-n-Pan effect, just select the object (on the Canvas, Timeline pane, or Selection pane) and press the DELETE key on your keyboard.

Otherwise, you can right-click the zoom rectangle or zoom-n-pan object time bar and select Delete from the context menu.

So, that’s how to work with the Zoom-n-Pan tool in ActivePresenter 9. Hopefully, this effect will help you create more beautiful and professional projects. Download the latest version ActivePresenter through the button below and feel free to contact us if you need any assistance.  

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