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How to Use Picture in Picture Effect in iMovie

"I want something where one video is playing, but in the bottom right corner there is another video playing, but it's smaller. Like 2 videos at the same time."

Well, what you are looking for is a picture in picture effect. Picture in picture is a feature of video that plays in a small window on top of another one. The iMovie picture in picture effect is usually applied to create special video effects, like showing someone is narrating the scenes happened in the main clip, or to show something else is happening at this moment.

iMovie gives you full option to use this advanced picture in picture effect. Drag videos to iMovie and open your iMovie project, then follow the steps to learn how to create picture in picture in iMovie.

Note: If iMovie does not let you import some videos, then the videos formats may be not supported by iMovie. In this occasion, you need a Mac Video Converter to convert the videos to iMovie MP4.

How to create picture in picture effects for videos in iMovie

Step 1. Turn "Show Advanced Tools" on

To activate iMovie picture in picture effect, Advanced Tools must be turned on. You can go to iMovie Preferences, and click "General", and then you will see a popup window as below. Select "Show Advanced Tools" to turn it on.

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Step 2. Select a video clip that you want to use as a picture in picture

In the Event Browser, choose a video clip that you want to apply as a picture in picture clip and drag it to the Project Library on where you want to add your picture in picture. And a menu will pop up, choose "Picture in Picture" to apply video picture in picture effect in iMovie.

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After then, the picture in picture clip will appear above the video in the Project Library like below. If you want to change the position of the picture in picture clip, you can simply drag it to another video clip. Furthermore, you can drag to extend or shorten the iMovie picture in picture clip.

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Step 3. Preview and adjust iMovie picture in picture clip

Press the Spacebar to have a view of the iMovie picture in picture clip. When you are previewing the picture in picture clip, you can drag the frame to change the picture in picture clip display size to achieve a better result.

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Besides, more functions on iMovie picture in picture effects are provided. Double-click the picture in picture clip or right click on the small Action menu on the clip and select Clip Adjustments, and an "Inspector" will pop up. Here you can set the way the iMovie picture in picture clip shows, the border width and color, etc. to make it best suit the video.

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You see, it is just very easy to add more fun to movie making by creating picture in picture effects in iMovie. Have fun and add more flavors to your videos and share the better video with more people.

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