Enhancement: Pan / Zoom Multiple Paths
For those of you who have used the Pan / Zoom Effect in the Cinematic Effects Collection, and more specifically, those of you who have attempted to use the Multiple Path property, an enhancement in version 8.0 will be of interest to you.
The Multiple Path property in version 7 is a text field that lets you enter some terse commands identifying a path for the Pan / Zoom to take. It is an optional property, but useful if you need a higher level of precision in a pan/zoom path. The problem with it, however, is that its not a user-friendly property.
In version 8, this property has been replaced. It no longer exists. In its place are now several other properties with clearly defined purposes. These properties are Start Point, Midpoint 1, Midpoint 2, and End Point. Each of these properties can have specific horizontal, vertical, and zoom settings or can be set to automatic. The midpoints can also be disabled if you don't need the extra paths.
Here is what the properties look like in version 7:
And here is what they look like in version 8:
This is clearer to use, but at the expense of some flexibility. It provides for, at most, three paths. However, three paths is probably sufficient for practical use.
In all, these changes should make it easier to manually set multiple paths for the Pan / Zoom effect.