PIP (Picture in Picture)

PIP, also known as Picture in Picture, is an effect often used to overlay some smaller videos on a background clip, which enables you to simultaneously display two or more video clips on the screen. It is an extremely useful technique to help you create convincing content when you make online tutorials, product demonstrations or game videos etc. The following guide will provide a step-by-step procedure for making PIP videos by using this feature.

1. Add Overlay Clip to Timeline

  • Launch the program and select Create New Project to start a project.
  • Import both your background video as well as overlay video clips to the media library of Filmora9. This can be done by either clicking the import button to choose from your local hard drive, or just dragging and dropping the video clips to the library.
  • Choose a background clip and then drag it to the video track in the timeline below.
  • Overlay clip will need to be dragged to another video track as below:
  • add pip

  • Resize and Reposition the overlay clip: Click on a video on the PIP clip and you will be able to resize the clip by dragging the resizing handles on the clip in the preview window, or you can also drag it to any other place on the screen as you want.

resize pip video

2. Modify Overlay Clip

To Apply Motions to Overlays Clip

Motions add a touch to your overlays. Filmora9 provides dozens of motion effects for you to choose from. To apply a motion, double click the target clip on the overlay clip to enter the motion library as below:

apply motions

Simply choose one that you like, double click it to apply (or right click on it and hit Apply). Then preview the effects on the right.

To Add a Mask Frame

Not satisfied with the rectangular shape of your clip? Apply a mask effect to it. A click of the button brings up dozens of mask effects, which can be utilized to adjust the shape of your media file. Go to Effects > Filters > Utility > Shape Mask.

Note: you need to drag the mask filter onto overlay video clip, not on another blank track. Otherwise, the mask filter will be applied on the background video.

apply mask

Add PIP Blending Modes

After double click on the overlay video clip in the timeline, you will see compositing tab in the control panel. Select a blending mode (i.e. multiply, darken, or color burn). You can fine tune the opacity until you have the look you want.

compositing pip video

Split screen: If the version you are using is Filmora9 before, you will learn how to split screen in this PDF document(4.8).