Get the Perfect Slow Push-In in Post with Vashi Nedomansky’s Premiere Pro Preset

VashiZoom Premiere Pro Preset
Credit: Vashi Nedomansky
The slow push-in is a fundamental building block of cinematic storytelling. Here's how you can achieve it in post.

We listed the slow push-in as one of our 8 camera moves that will help you tell better stories, and for good reason.

The push-in often takes place when the audience is receiving a key piece of information. The filmmaker is inviting the audience to lean forward. The camera slowly moves towards the subject to emphasize an important moment. It’s a way to subtly say, “Pay attention! This story beat is important.”

Classically, a slow push-in is accomplished with a dolly or a zoom lens.

But what if you didn’t have a dolly? What if you couldn’t get that perfect shot on set?

Vashi Nedomanky has your back.

Nedomansky, editor of Sharknado 2, created a free set of 10 presets for Premiere Pro that can be easily added to your footage, still images, and even text.

This preset package includes 5 scale percentage options for you to choose from, ranging from most subtle to most aggressive: 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25.

Each percentage has a regular or smooth zoom option. The regular zoom will apply a constant zoom effect across from the first to the last frame of the clip. This has a more digital feel. The smooth zoom will apply a gradual effect, easing out from the first frame and gently landing before the last frame. This gradual effect is meant to achieve a more organic feel to the zoom.

In order to achieve a flawless push-in feel, Vashi recommends utilizing the 5 or 10 percentage option. They are almost indistinguishable from a practical dolly push-in.

To use these presets, simply import via the effects panel in Adobe Premiere Pro. Then, you can drag & drop onto any asset in your timeline. The presets adjust automatically to the length of your clip, and generate a keyframe on the first and last frame.

Can you tell the difference between an in-camera push-in and a push-in achieved through Vashi’s preset? Try it out on your next project, and let us know what you think down in the comments.

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Seriously ... am I completely missing something? ... if you can't figure out a dolly zoom in post without a preset, maybe retail is more for you.

June 24, 2019 at 4:29PM


So, it's a preset that uses scale and position? Why do you need a plug-in for this?

June 24, 2019 at 6:07PM

Jeff Payne

Thanks! Saves me lots of time, and I like the ramping.

June 24, 2019 at 6:15PM, Edited June 24, 6:15PM

Robert Task Smith
Video Producer, VFX Artist, Director

This makes me really glad to use Vegas. It is insanely easy to do this with Vegas's pan and crop keyframe system. Is this really not incredibly easy to do in every NLE?

June 24, 2019 at 9:03PM

David West

It's incredibly easy in every program. The goal of these presets is to save you a few seconds basically. Although the seconds lost reading this article, watching the video, commenting about it, downloading the presets, and installing them, kinda negates a lot of the time savings.

June 25, 2019 at 6:34AM

Alex Everingham
Video Editor