Kdenlive - Creating a video panorama

This tutorial will show you how to create a scrolling panorama from a picture file. Requires Kdenlive >= 0.7.3


Followed the tutorial on ubuntu jaunty with self-compiled kdenlive 7.4. This effect can't be applied on PNG-pictures with transparancy-backgroundlayer in it... Have I forgotten an dependency in compilation? And the picture would not move if you select the number of the layer. So I marked the track to black (right side in menu transition / next to selection of composite). Then everything worked just fine. Many thanks for this great tutorial.
With this effect you can also make moving titles (like in the movies). With inkscape I make a canvas of 720x2100 for a dvd-pal. Put the names in it (black symbols on white canvas), export it to png, convert it to jpg or flatten the png so that the background is white. Then follow the tutorial, select scale - original size, first keyframe on top-positon and last keyframe bottom-position.

I couldn't get this to work. No matter what I did on resizing, the changes would not be reflected in the image. In the video the picture easily changed when the user was setting to 230, then 228. No matter what I did nothing would effect the zoom factor of the image.

It was a jpg image using 0.75 (the repository on the download page) and a fresh install of jaunty.

I'll keep working at it but it's a bit frustrating because I would like to use the software for my project.

Update: Worked more on this and I was able to get it to work with another image. Rendered and it came out OK...a little choppy. Rendered once and just got a black screen. Definitely takes some practice and experimentation to get right.

The Composite transition expects 2 tracks to work with. If you put the image on the bottom video track, then it works as expected because there is always a hidden black track (if you read the .kdenlive XML project file you will see it). If you do not put the image on the bottom track, then in the Composite parameters panel, for "with track" you must select "Black."

This works for me only when using a jpg still image. I can't get the Composite resize to work at all with video clips or slideshow sequences. Is that expected behavior, or should this work will all types of media?

using 0.7.3 under ubuntu 9.04


Yes, it does work with video clips; however, by default Composite does not scale the top image greater than 100% of its original size. By default, the rectangle acts as a bounding rectangle. You must enable the Fill option in the Composite parameters to make it scale the source over 100% and "fill" the rectangle. In the video tutorial, since he was working with a large digital photo it was always downscaling the image to fit within the rectangle. Since a slideshow is wrapped up to act like a virtual video clip, it falls under the same rules as a "low res" (as compared to multi-megapixel digital photo) video.

Thank you very much for this nice video tutorial , now i have to try it too !

when I render the film it is NOT DOING the composite. it shows the image as a still.

I did exactly what was explained in the tutorial and it looks alright in the red preview, where I added just to keyframes. but even playing the image with the composite effect in kdenlive is not showing any effect of moving or whatsoever.

is there something to enable before that works?

thanks for any suggestions.

Very nice. One important thing to note ( I missed it and it took quite awhile to discover ) is that the image needs to be added to video time line 2. It won't work on 0 or 1.