rainydayinspiredI've personally never seen a video where this was done in a visually pleasing manner. Do you have an example?
Just because you don't realize it doesn't mean you haven't seen it... people use zoom to change perspective
there's a lot of techniques that include zooms. I'm almost positive that if people didn't use zoom while filming, there wouldn't be any feature films that use zooms for shots.
One example is a dolly zoom where you zoom in while moving the camera back to keep the subject still yet change perspective.
smooth zooms are fine imo, some are so smooth and subtle that you don't even realize that they're there (which i am 100% positive you've seen good zoom examples if you've seen any movies in the past 20 years and just didn't notice)