Zoom In and Pan Effect Software

Aug 10, 2012

Hi All,

I can't remember right now the name of the free software that can be used in conjunction with Screenr to create a  zoom and pan in effect.  Does anyone out there know what I am talking about?  Thank you in advance for your suggestions.


10 Replies
Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Helena,

I'm a Camtasia user. Also, though, yourcan record and Zoom and Pan with Storyline Recorder. Here's an excerpt from the Storyline Features page. Not sure it's what you're looking for, but here it is.

Screen Recording
Show learners exactly what you want them to grasp by recording your screen. Insert your recording into a slide as a demonstration, trial, assessment, or video, then easily add captions, characters, and zoom-and-pan effects.

I'm curious to know, Helena, if you...and others in the communiiy...use ZoomIt with Screenr, does it work for you? I've tried it a couple times with content I'm recording online, and it just completely bogs down and is unusable. I made a comparison test and used it with local applications, and it worked fine. But most of what I want to do involves the Web.

So if you, or anyone, has some tips, I'm interested.

Helena Froyton

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you for your post.  Here is a page to download zoomit:  http://zoomit.en.softonic.com/

It also contains other free features such as:  dragnifier and magical glass.  I am not familiar with them yet.  When I tried using Zoomit, I did not feel like I had the amount of control that I would have liked to and when I clicked on one of the keys on my keyboard, it seemed like it moved to abruptly.  I have been using it with demonstrating parts of a software with screenr, not with the web.  Have you been using Storyline?  Do you like their software simulation feature?  Would you think it is worthwhile to have both Storyline and Camtasia?

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Helena,

TX, I have downloaded and tried Zoomit. And, found a lot of latency when using it with web-based stuff.

Yes, I've been using Storyline and I'm becoming a HUGE fan . I HAVE played around with the software simulation feature. In fact, spent a good deal of time checking it out during a long car ride yesterday. I've NOT needed to use it yet on a project.

There's a lot I like about it, but I also am thinking, based on these trials, that I'd need to do a fair amount of editing to it. Some examples:

  • Action fine tuning to take away frames that I don't want in the recording
  • Manual fine tuning of hotspot squares for better sizing and positioning
  • Manual fine tuning of the "tips" and menu list for more appropriate wording

Those are a few I remember off the top of my head from yesterday.

I also LOVE Camtasia (I know this is an Articulate thread...but there you have it :-). I need to have both to keep all clients happy. And the new Camtasia 8 is REALLY cool. So, IMHO, yes, it's worth having both. And the TechSmith products are so reasonably priced that even for a small contractor like me it's an easy decision.

Thanks for the dialog!

Daniel Brigham


I have done basic simulations with Storyline's screen recording try mode/simulation tool, and it works pretty well. I've got a feeling that not many folks have done extensive work with it though. I, too, would like to hear more about it's limitations and capabilities. Perhaps someone who has done a deep dive with the screen recording simulation could weigh in. If you're really curious, you might consider starting a new thread on that topic. --Daniel

Daniel Brigham

Hi, Helena: It is fairly easy to learn, but making the small edits necessary of course takes some time. I'd love to hear from people who have done complex simulations. Of course, we'll being doing that in the near future, if the tool can support it. Please message me if you do make a thread on the subject. I guess, I always could, too, but I've got a number of threads out there already.

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