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Using the “Ken Burns Effect”

My reader’s theater project uses primarily avatars and still images to avoid putting the faces of my third graders on the internet. Because I’m not using real video, I needed to create some kind of motion in the clip to keep the eyes interested in watching. Try watching 7 minutes of still photos blinking on and off the screen. The best way to do this is something called the Ken Burns Effect. This method uses pan and zoom on still images to create the illusion of motion. I have included a small sample of the final project here which demonstrates the use of the Ken Burns Effect.

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