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This chapter is from the book Zooming the Image View

Zooming the Image View

In Avid, you can enlarge or reduce your view of an image using keyboard shortcuts or mapped commands. In Final Cut Pro, a Zoom pop-up menu in the Viewer or Canvas also provides preset zoom view options. Changing the view of an image can be helpful when you are setting scale, position, and other keyframes. As in Avid, changing the view of an image never alters the actual size of the source or sequence clip, just your view of it.

Figure 10.32 Avid Reduce button

To change the image view in the Canvas or Viewer:

You can apply the following zoom options in both the Viewer and Canvas windows. Make sure either the Viewer or Canvas window is active before trying to change the image view.

Do one of the following:

  • Select the Zoom pop-up menu and choose a percentage.
  • Press Command-+ (plus sign) to zoom in and view more detail in the image; press Command-– (minus sign) to zoom out and view the image smaller. Don’t confuse these with the Timeline zoom shortcuts, Option-+ and Option-–.
  • Select the Zoom In tool (magnifying glass) from the Tool palette, or press Z, and click the image to zoom in. You can also press H for the Hand tool to move the image within the Viewer or Canvas.
  • Use the Zoom In tool to draw an invisible marquee around the part of an image you want to view larger.
  • To zoom out, choose the Zoom Out tool (the magnifying glass icon with a minus sign), or press ZZ, and click the image. With the Zoom In tool active, you can hold down the Option key to access the Zoom Out tool without selecting it from the Tool palette.
  • When you change to a zoomed-out view of an image, the entire image area becomes smaller. When you work with motion effects, the gray space around the image area becomes your work palette, where you can position clips to move in and out of the active image area.

    The active image area is what you will see when you output your sequence. For editing purposes, it can be black, white, or checkerboard, depending on what you have selected in the View pop-up menu.

    Figure 10.36 Canvas image area (black) with image repositioned offscreen

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