How to easily create Vertigo Dolly zoom effect in Premiere

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If you are a fan of high-end films, you will know what kind of effect we are talking about because the great classics included it in their shots. Now, as you know, not everyone has the professional equipment necessary to be able to achieve a dizzying effect like the one we see in the movies.

However, Adobe Premiere Pro presents itself as a good post-production alternative to experiment or simply to reduce the weight of a video without losing quality. So get to work and learn how to make the vertigo effect or Dolly zoom with Premiere very easily.



      What is the vertigo effect?

      This effect is known by more than one name, whether traveling compensated, Zolly, retrozoom, Dolly Zoom or simply the vertigo effect. It is a cinematic asset which consists of moving the camera closer to the focal point while zooming out. On the other hand there are simpler effects like centering images in Adobe Premiere Pro

      You can also perform this effect in reverse, because as the camera moves away from the focal point, it zooms in. What does this effect is to give the illusion that the focal point always remain the same size while the surroundings change rapidly.

      So what it does is create a distortion in the perspective you have on the image you see or its respective focal point. Reason why it receives its characteristic name, because thanks to the drama it gives to the scenes, the feeling of vertigo or instability is created.

      It makes the audience capable of putting themselves in the interpreter's shoes, if possible experience more realistically what he's really feeling in each of the scenes. By giving more details about the character's feelings, conclusions can be drawn as to whether he feels isolated, with a lot of tension or even dizzy.



      Obviously this effect can also be used to give a feeling of travel, in what sense? If in a certain case the character moves, this effect would give the illusion of how far he would have to travel to reach his destination.

      One of the key representations of this effect on the big screen is seen in the film " Vertigo " because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to express more about what the main character felt

      What is Premiere?

      Adobe Premiere Pro, a program developed by Abobe, was a software dedicated to professional video editing. It was launched 16 years ago on August 31, 2003, as the successor to Adobe Premier from 1991.

      One of the highlights of this video editor is that it has an interface that can be customized to the editor's liking. Editing stages include assembly, editing, color, audio, effects and titles , which correspond to the corresponding workspaces.

      Share the concept of Adobe Photoshop , admitting in its edition the possibility of generating levels to which adjustments can be added.

      It includes a very good dynamic where it will be possible to work on more than one working line, so you can generate adjustments separately. If you use this editor you will be able to recreate any effect thanks to the fact that it includes a book of effects that you can augment using plugins.

      How to make Vertigo or Dolly zoom effect in Premiere easily?


      To apply this effect to a video made with a regular camera, you must take into account that its composition must be within 1080p. Just like you have to take some parameters into consideration when you create the slow motion effect in Premiere Pro



      How come? Basically because this effect is based on ability to reduce or increase video resolution, so if it is based on a good quality video it will be better. To start making this effect you must select the clip in which you will apply said effect and which includes the aforementioned functionality.

      Then you should go up "Effect Controls" and then on the option "Resize" . So if the image is regressed in the clip, the scale value should be greater than 100 and scaled up as it looks best. However, if the image is enlarged, the scale value should start from a value of 180 and shrink to 100.


      What you need to look for is the balance in the settings so that your seemingly fixed clip adds a more interesting flavor with this included effect.

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