How to Create a Dolly Zoom With Just a Prime Lens and AE

By Lewis McGregor, Premiumbeat

The Dolly Zoom is one of cinematography’s most striking shots. Here’s how you can recreate it in post.

A dolly zoom is a cinematic technique in which the camera moves closer or further from the subject while simultaneously adjusting the zoom angle to keep the subject the same size in the frame. The effect is that the subject appears stationary while the background size changes (this is called perspective distortion).

The dolly zoom. it’s an iconic technique that has been used in countless films from the late 50s until the very present. First employed by Irmin Roberts in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the technique has become a staple shot of Hollywood classics. I will always remember the moment, at sixteen-years-old, when I first understood how the technique was deployed. I spent the entire day rushing toward things while zooming out on my DV camcorder. But this article is not about the history of the dolly zoom, nor the technique. PremiumBeat already has an extensive article about that here.

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Note:  Here’s a great Pinterest page with LOTS of information and detailed examples of Dolly Zooms.

Free Cinematic Title Style Library for Premiere Pro


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by RocketStock

Give your video project a slick professional edge with these easy-to-use FREE cinematic title presets for Premiere Pro.

The title editor in Premiere Pro is notorious for its lack of usability and overall bad design. Virtually every editor that has ever used Premiere has had the opportunity to browse the atrocious library of default text styles. However, you may not realize that you can customize and import custom style libraries by hand in Premiere Pro. But who has enough time to do something like that?

Here are the default title styles in Premiere Pro.  Free!

Free 30 Minute DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Crash Course


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by Alex Jordan,

Learn the basics of Resolve in less than 30 minutes. Plus get FREE LUTs & S-Log footage!

Free… The EASIEST DaVinci Resolve Crash Course!
Includes free LUTs & S-Log footage to practice on.
Sign up for free!

Alex Jordan

Alex Jordan is the founder of,, and He’s also, the creator of the best selling course, DaVinci Resolve Simplified. Alex is a DP, colorist and editor who’s passionate about teaching, color grading and filmmaking.

Free and Open Source Final Cut Pro Hacks


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FCPX Hacks is a free and open source Hammerspoon script that adds a mountain-load of new features to Final Cut Pro 10.2.3. It originally started off as a little proof of concept project to make finding the browser play-head easier for Scott Simmons (read the original blog post below) – but has since grown into a huge collection of handy workflow hacks, shortcuts and automation tools to make editing within Final Cut Pro X faster, easier and much more powerful.


This latest version has been tested on both macOS 10.10.5 and 10.11.6 (although I’m also told it works great on macOS Sierra too), with Final Cut Pro 10.2.3 and Hammerspoon 0.9.48.


FCPX Hacks adds a menu to the top right corner of the screen in the macOS menubar. This gives you quick and easy access to a range of shortcuts, automation tools, hacks and both the FCPX Hacks and Hammerspoon settings.



Editing 4K on a slow computer in Premiere Pro


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In the video below Jordy Vandeput of showcases the excellent functionality that the latest Adobe Premiere Pro update has brought to the table. There are certain steps one needs to execute in advance to set up the platform before commencing work, but once you do it, 4K editing should go smoothly and effortlessly without all the hassle that an old workstation might inflict.

Slow computers and 4K video editing doesn’t go together. But there’s an option in Premiere Pro that creates low resolution proxies in a very fast workflow. Read More


How Motion Graphics can Revive your Video Content


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by Brittany Nguon, Green Buzz Agency

If you haven’t noticed already, video is taking over digital marketing campaigns. In fact, the medium is implemented so much that some videos are starting to lack originality.

With 79% of B2B marketers using video marketing, it is crucial to tell your brand’s story in a way that both connects with and stands out to customers. So how do you do accomplish that? Incorporate motion graphics into your video marketing campaign.

All companies can use motion graphics since they’re not restrictive to any type of branded content. Whether the subject is abstract or not, it can all be easily explained through motion graphics. So no matter what you want promote, motion graphics has the ability to innovate and revitalize your brand. Still don’t believe us? Here’s why the video style worked for other companies.


Customize Your Timeline in Premiere


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By Jason Boone, Premiumbeat

PremiumBeat’s Jason Boone recorded this fantastic tutorial for effectively organizing your timeline and positioning clips and sequences in a neat and organized manor. The tutorial is great for any video editor feeling overwhelmed with footage and audio. Organization never felt so easy.

Customize Your Timeline in Premiere

Top Tips For Grading Blackmagic Footage


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by Casey Faris,


In this little tutorial, Casey Faris will take you through his top tips for color correcting and adding style to Blackmagic Footage shot with BMDFilm4K and BMDFilm gammas…


Elevate Your Perspective: 3 Reasons Everyone Should Be Using Drones in Their Productions


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by Zach Chmael, The Green Buzz

Drones are changing the game.  We’ve seen Hollywood studios utilizing dramatic aerials for years, but what if the same cinematic marvels could be applied to all elements of commercial content?  Let’s say you’re looking to create your next commercial, advertisement, or documentary film.  You’ve storyboarded the project, gathered your gear, built your budget, and are ready to shoot.  The process is exciting. But, have you thought about how to make your video exciting too?  Watch this video here:

Pretty incredible, right? Now, you may think these high-end and captivating shots are totally out-of-scope for your next project, but that’s where you’re wrong.  Drone cinematography of the past was limited to big budget production houses with access to helicopters and complex rigs, but the industry is quickly changing.  Not only are drones becoming increasingly more accessible to even the hobbyist filmmaker, they are rapidly revolutionizing the way we experience films.  Still not convinced?  Let me break down why everyone should be including drones in their equipment bin here…

A New GoPro Accessory…?


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by AER

Is this a new GoPro must-have accessory, or a future dud?  AER lets you shoot aerial photos and videos, simply by throwing your GoPro®! Compatible with GoPro® HERO 3+, 4 and 5.

What are your thoughts?  Write ’em up in the comments below!

The team is crowdfunding now on Kickstarter and expects to deliver its first units by January.  Check it out to see for yourself.