Recently, I was given the honor of preparing the photo slide-shows for my friend’s wedding. The iMovie application that came with my MacBook Pro made it a breeze. While doing the slide-shows, I learned of the Ken Burns effect which was a tremendously useful feature that helped add impact to the slide-shows.
The feature enables a widely used technique of embedding still photographs in motion pictures, displayed with slow zooming and panning effects, and fading transitions between them. The name derives from extensive use of the technique by American documentarian Ken Burns.
Life is given to still photographs by slowly zooming in on subjects of interest and panning from one subject to another.
The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns (an early example of the use of the effect):