Mini Task Evaluation – Smooth Movement Effect

The idea of having the video move, in order to create a smooth panning/tracking effect grew out from the summer task evaluation. In the video I chose to imitate (‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit) there was always slight movement of the camera, and because I did not own any professional equipment to achieve the smooth tracking, the video was a little jolty and the speed differed.

Through taking part in this Mini Task I was looking got achieve a smooth tracking of the action. We have filmed Lauren playing the guitar and filmed her from a variety of angles. We have then imported the clips into Premiere Pro in order to edit it. To create the smooth panning we have changed the scale of the video, so it was larger, and moved it to one side. Then we have used the Positioning effect to move it from one side of the screen to the other within a short period of time. This effect takes the audience on a journey, and creates an interesting and new effect, compared to the typical ‘still camera’ filming.

Most of the complications that we faced came in the post production element. Whilst editing, there was a ‘black strip’ issue, when the video was supposed to stop. On one side of the screen a black stripe would appear, and ruin the effect and the video. Another complication we faced was the quality of the video after we zoomed in in order to make it larger.

I might use this technique in my final video for the story part of the video, to show the character, not the instruments or the band members. I would do that because I would want to have a smooth tracking/panning of the character, like the effect I did not fully achieve in my summer task. The slight movement of the camera will give the video and interesting effect, and make it more engaging.


Smooth Movement – Guide

  1. Get a hold of an MP3 track or your choice – we used Hold Back the River by James Bay.
  2. Then film the scene, quite far away from the subject and with a variety of angles.
  3. Import the footage into Premiere Pro, with the track.
  4. Once everything is imported, make sure the footage is in time with the music, if you filmed someone playing on an instrument, like we did.
  5. Double click on the video preview and make the image bigger, as if you have zoomed in.
  6. Then using the “Motion” option in the “Effects Control” panel create sequences whilst moving the image across the screen, to give it the illusion of smooth panning/movement.
  7. Render and export the video when you’re happy with it.