How to Remove the 'Ken Burns' Effect Still Pictures on the iMovie HD


When you bring photos into the Timeline of iMovie HD, the program automatically gives the photos the "Ken Burns" effect --- which pans slowly from side to side or up and down over the photo. While this can be helpful in cases when you need to give your photos some movement, it's not appropriate in every case. But before you throw up your hands in disgust, there's an easy fix to remove the effect.

  • Open the project you're working on in iMovie and drag it to the Timeline.

  • Hover your cursor over the photo you want to adjust until the flower-shaped icon appears in the bottom right corner of the photo box. Click the down arrow next to the icon and select "Cropping, Ken Burns & Rotation" from the drop-down menu. This opens the photo in the Video Viewer at the top right of the screen and shows red and green frames over the photo. These are the start and end points for the Ken Burns movement.

  • Click "Fit" or "Crop" on the top of the Video Viewer box. "Fit" makes the photo fit in full within the screen --- and might put black "wings" on the sides to display the entire photo. "Crop" allows you to crop the photo to display the portion of the photo you want to show. Once you've chosen one of these two options, it supersedes the Ken Burns effect.

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