- Step #1 - Settings

You will want to shoot the shot in the largest format your camera can shoot, such as 4k, as you will be doing a bit of digital zooming once we pull the shot into Premiere. 

I also recommend shooting at 24 fps, and doubling your frame rate for the shutter speed. This is called the 180 degree rule. If you don't know about this, learn more here: https://www.polarprofilters.com/blogs/polarpro/how-shutter-speed-affects-video

Using the 180 degree rule here at 24 frames, we'll set our shutter speed to 1/50 sec.  It will give the shot the most cinematic motion blur, and will always look best in any shot.
- Step #2 - Preparing/Scouting

In my opinion, the most dramatic way of doing so is with a drone, which I will be using for this example.

If you do not have a drone, I would recommend using a gimbal or stabilizer of some sort to keep the shot more stable. 

You’ll want to find some sort of reference point for your shot, as this will be what draws the viewers eyes in. For this example, the mountains in the distance are what the viewers eyes may be drawn to. Although mountains look very dramatic, you can use any building, object, or person to do this.
- Step #3- Get your shot.

As I fly the drone down this street, I make sure to stay as centered as possible, without any left or right movement, only forward.

In this example I flew pretty slowly, knowing that I would speed the video up in post. I also slightly dropped in altitude as I got further down the street, which isn’t necessary, but with drone shots, can add a bit more perspective warp with this effect.

It also can be best to do the same shot several times, that way if there’s anything slightly off in one of them, you can more than likely correct it in another shot.
Step #4 - Post Production
Alright, now that we have everything we need to make this effect, lets hop onto the computer and get it all together. 
I will be using Premiere Pro for this example, but it can be done in almost any editing software.
Once Premiere is opened, we’re going to create a new project, which I named Dolly.  Once its opened, we’ll import the files and drag them onto the timeline.
Since this is a new project, the sequence settings should automatically be set to those of the shot. So in this case, the sequence is set to 4k at 24fps. 

We’re going to let this play through and see where we want to be our beginning and end cuts. Once we’ve got that sorted out, we’re going to change our sequence settings.

The way this effect happens, is if we digitally zoom in the opposite direction of the motion of our shot. So in this case I am moving forward, so I will digitally be zooming out, appearing that the shot is not making as much motion. If you had taken your shot moving backwards (or away from your subject) you would want to be digitally zooming in. I was moving forward in this shot, so for this example I’ll be digitally zooming out. 

To do so, we’ll make sure we’ve got the sequence tab selected, head up to the top bar, sequence, sequence settings, click it… and it’ll pull up the sequence settings tab. For this example, I am going to set the sequence settings to 1080p which has the dimensions of 1920x1080. 
Lets hit okay on that, and you’ll notice it severely crops in on your shot… Thats because it was shot in 4k, and it is now cropped to 1080.

result of changing sequence settings to 1920 x 1080

Next, lets make sure our we’re at the start of our clip. Once we have our play bar set at the beginning of the clip, we’ll head on up to the effect control tab.

In our effect control tab, there’s a scale option with a stop watch symbol next to it. We’re going to hit the stop watch and then head back over to the sequence and hit play, letting our clip play to the very last frame. Keep the play bar set on the last frame (before the screen turns black). Use the arrow keys to get exactly to this point.
Now, since we’ve already hit our stop watch, let's zoom out on the player, to about 25% or so, double click our shot, and it’ll show the outer edges. We’re going to shrink that down to where it fits the 1080 frame of the sequence we’re working with.

Okay, now that we’ve got that we’ll go back to the player and hit “fit” which will pull us back in tight, make any little sizing adjustments needed to make the shot fill the 1080 sequence. And the effect has been made.

down scaling from 4k to 1080

If we click back in our sequence tab and let it play from beginning to end, you’ll see the effect has been made. BUT, it doesn’t look very dramatic yet.

To pull the dramatic effect in the dolly zoom, we’re going to speed everything up. Before we do so, lets nest the clip by right clicking the clip, hitting nest, and naming our nested clip.
Once it’s nested, lets speed it up by about 1000% and see how that looks. Not bad, but we want a little bit more speed here, so Im going to do 2000%. Thant looks a lot better so I am going to keep it.
Let’s let it play through again, and we can see theirs a bit of movement side to side and up and down. To fix that we’re going to add a warp stabilizer… but we cant do that because we’ve changed the speed/timing of the clip. So we’re going to nest this clip again, same way as before. 

Once it’s nested we’ll pull up our effects tab, go down to distort, warp stabilizer and drag and drop it onto our clip. This will take a few seconds, or minutes, depending on the length and size of our clip.
Now that it’s stabilized, we’ll let it play back through and see that it’s finished! 

Obviously, you can add some color grading, and other adjustments if you want.

Because the clips are so sped up, I like to make it a loop. If you wish to do so, you just copy your clip, and paste it at the end, and reverse the speed. You can then copy and paste both of these as many times as you’d like to fit the length of your desired loop.

You can even spice this up by finding a piece of music that would fit and loop well with your shot… but, that’s up to your style and your preference!

Below is the final product of what I made... I will be making a full video tutorial of this soon. In which case, I'll link it to the blog for your viewing.

the final result of my dolly zoom + loop effect

If you are interested in seeing more of these, check out the dolly zoom's I have on my Instagram at instagram.com/mitchellandrewphoto/

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