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Zoom Area

Zoom areas can be used to focus a viewer's attention by zooming in on important parts of a scene. Its properties are edited in the Design View by clicking on the zoom area in the timeline or on the canvas. In the Title tab you can rename the zoom area and in the drop down menu you can edit its size, rotation and location. In the Source tab you can edit which part of the scene you want to zoom in to and the Style tab allows you to customize the zoom area (e.g. change border width, add glow effect, etc.). Selecting the Live icon will allow the zoom area to play what is happening in the background in real time instead of displaying a static image.

Set the following properties and options for Zoom Areas:

  1. Name
    The default name for a zoom area object is 'Zoom Area X' ('Zoom Area 1', 'Zoom Area 2', 'Zoom Area 3', and so onward), and this is visible in the name property of the object. You can change a zoom area's name by deleting the default name and typing in another one. Ensure the zoom area is selected before attempting to change its name property.
  2. Rotate, Scale and Location
    Adjust the rotational angles, scale or manually change the location of the zoom area on the Canvas. Rotations on the X and Y-axis are ignored when the zoom area is attached to the image.
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  3. Source
    Select the area of the scene that you want to magnify.
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  4. Style
    Set the properties for a zoom destination area. You can draw a border around the zoom area, dim the background, apply a glow effect or cover the source rectangle.
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  5. Live
    The 'zoom destination' may be used to display a static image, or exactly what’s happening on the Canvas, in real-time (live), including the cursor.

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