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How to Use Picture in Picture Effect in iMovie

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.

Part 1: How to use picture in picture effect 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.

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.

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.

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.

Besides, more functions of 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.

 adjust a voiceover in iMovie

Part 2: An easier way to add picture in picture effect to video

wondershare video editor for mac

To make your own picture in picture video in Mac, other simple and good-to-use video editing software - Wondershare Video Editor for Mac- is highly recommended. It supports adding adding picture in picture graphics or videos to overlay tracks for decorating your movie. Beside this feature, it also has other common editing effects such as trim, crop, split, add text, sound, transition, intro/credit, mosaic, tilt shift, face off, jump cut at beat, etc. to videos. Now you can refer to the below easy tutorial to learn how to make a PIP video.

Step 1. Place your videos on the timeline

Import your media files to Media Library by choosing "File" > "Import Media" or directly drag them to the program. Drag-n-drop the primary video to Video Timeline, and then drag the video or picture you want to add to the primary video to the PIP tracks. Now you can move them to the right time when you want them to show up, or trim and extend their length to adjust the lasting time by dragging the indicator.

Step 2. Personalize your PIP video

Now you can customize your PIP video. Double click the video or picture in the PIP track and the PIP Inspector will pop up. On the right part of the window, you are allowed to adjust the size of the PIP video or picture by dragging the its edge, and move it to any position you like. And on the right part of the window, you are provided three editing options: Motion, Mask and Green Screen. You can go to the respective tab to add the effect you want.

add pip effect to video in mac

Step 3. Save your video

After finished the above operations, you can preview your PIP video by clicking the play button. Then hit on the Export icon to save your video to Mac, mobile devices, DVD discs or directly upload it to YouTube and Facebook.

save pip video

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