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Panning Background

Willard M


I have discovered a way to introduce movement to a slideshow still picture that may be of interest to others. I made a slideshow of my granddaugter and daughter flying out of Portland to Newark. I wanted to create the illusion of the airplane traveling down the runway and taking off.


First I found a picture of a runway taken at right angles to the runway. This becomes an element of the background. I then found a picture of the Portland skyline and pasted it over the runway picture using the top half and leaving the runway portion exposed and saved as a single pic. I found a great pic of an AA airliner also taken at a right angle which I converted to a png pic with transparent background. I also created two png heads of the girls which I pasted to the airliner sticking out of a window.


The background layer is made to move horizontally by using the pan and zoom. By reducing the size of the pan and zoom box to about one third of the available width and then by keeping the same size but creating a keypoint and moving the box down the runway horizontally to about the middle of the travel and then creating a third keypoint and placing this keypoint at the extreme upper portion of the background pic at the ending point.

I then placed the airliner in the middle of the background and sized it appropriately. It will remain in place, no fly in no fly out.


When activated the airplane seems to move down the runway and take off. I reversed this procedure at Newark and gave the illusion of the airplane landing.


I also used the same procedure for enroute by erasing the landing gear and showing them fly past Mt Hood.

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