Filmora Video Editor
Best video editing software to make video & Image Overlay
  • Support adding graphics or videos to overlay tracks
  • Customize the position, size, width, shape of PIP video
  • Background blurring effect and PIP opacity & blending mode available

Video Overlay - Make a Picture in Picture Effect Easily

Video Overlay, also called Picture in Picture effect, is referred to two video clips share the same display screen at the same time with one smaller video/image superimposed on a larger video. If your TV has this Picture in Picture feature, it means you can play a video game and keep watching your favorite TV show, or enjoy two sports games simultaneously. In video editing, you can use this video overlay effect to insert an additional video (such as a webcam video) into the main video, just like you see in many online tutorials.

Apart from video overlay, you may also need to composite pictures, images, logos, titles and other visual to the video. In this article, we will show you how to overlay videos and other objects to your video and composite them to make a PIP video in Wondershare Filmora9.

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How to Create Video Overlay and Make a Picture in Picture Effect in Wondershare Filmora9?

Before we get started to the detailed steps of creating video overlay to make a PIP video, let’s check this video tutorial below first.

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From the above video we can see, with Filmora9 we can:

  • Overlay a picture or an image on a video
  • Overlay a video on a video
  • Adjust position, size and mask of the photo overlay/video overlay
  • Add animation and element to the video overlay

Now, let’s check the detailed information of overlaying a picture/video on a video step by step.

1Import your photo and video files to Media Library

After downloading and installing Filmora9 video editor, launch it and build a new project to use the Picture-in-Picture feature. Import both your video overlay or photo overlay media to the Media library as well as the main video clips.

2 Add Video Overlay/Photo Overlay to Timeline

After you import videos and photos to the program's media library, just drag and drop the main video to the main video track on the timeline panel, and then drop the overlay material (videos or images) to another track. You will then get a raw picture in picture video. Click the Play button in the Preview window to preview it. Filmora9 also comes with many PIP resources that you can effortlessly add to your videos for fun.

Move the videos or images on the PIP track to decide when it should show up. If it is a photo overaly, you can drag the edges of the it to trim or extend the proper overlay length. If it is a video overlay, you can trim or cut to fit the length of the main video.

video overlay make a picture in video

3 Customize the video overlay in Picture-in-Picture Track

Next, you have a wide range of customizable options to set up your Picture-in-Picture overlay track. To do so, double click on the added video or image in the timeline, the editing panel will open. You can double click the motion effect to apply to the video overlay.

picture in picture effect

Adjust Position of Overlay Video: Click the image or video in the PIP overlay track and you will see there is a green box around the media in the preview window. Just drag it to any position you want in the video.

picture in picture effect

Change Overlay Video Size: Drag and rectangle handles to resize the playing window of Picture-in-Picture video/images.

Apply Motion to Overlay Video: Choose from more than 60 motions effects to make Picture-in-Picture overlay video/images animated. There will be a sign when motion is added to a PIP.

Add Mask to Photo/Video Overlay: Go to Effects. Then choose Utility in the left. Select Image Mask or Shape Mask to apply it to video/image overlay. Each mask could be adjusted with these options: X, Y, Width, Height and Feather by doubling click on the overlay.

4 Fine Tune Overlay video & image with the main video

Filmora9 allows you to composite the overlay video/image with the main video in a better way by adjusting blending mode and the opacity. Double click on the overlay timeline. In the video tab (if your overlay is video), you can choose a target blending mode from Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Screen and much more and adjust the opacity of the video. You can always preview the blending effect in the preview window.

picture in picture effect

5 Save Picture in Picture Video

When you are happy with the Picture-in-Picture effects, click the Export button on the right and you could save our Picture-in-Picture video on DVD, device and YouTube.

export picture in picture effect


Besides the basic editing of PIP overlay video, you can also add element to the video. In Filmora9, you can adding multiple overlay tracks to enable your video with more creativities. In case that you are not familiar with Filmora9 yet, check the introduction video below to learn the new features in Filmora9.

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Dec 12,2018 17:15 pm

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How can I specify exact measurements for the videos/images in PIP track when I resize them?
I am an eye surgeon by profession. I am trying to overlay image of an eye with360 degree markings on a live surgery where overlay image moves in sync with the moving live surgery eye so that both image and the eye in video are always superimposed perfectly . Can you tell me if it is possible?
stephenjelso Tried this but the PIP is just a black box on YouTube. The video is ok but the picture I used as an overlay does not show up. It a blacked out box over the video on YouTube
Is there literally no way to just motion tween a like, PNG image from point A to point B at all...? If so then this program is REALLY limited on the freedom people can have with animating images... You know, kind of like position animating? Like if you wanted to animate a cartoon-like hammer PNG you find on the internet to hit something in the video in a joking manner? That is quite a missed opportunity. Especially since the program just shoves the animations in your face w/o choice. Because what I wanted to do was put a PNG of another character over someone's face and make it move with their head accurately, but with these set conditions that makes it almost impossible to do. Is there a way to animate it freely, or no? If not, then what other free [Or cheap] program would you recommend I get? By the way, the feature I was talking about was something similar to this:
I think you have to drag the background video to the first video track first, and then drag the PIP video to the second or the PIP track.
Swapping tracks is a good point! In my experience, the first track is for background video, then you can add other videos to the second, third ...track. Right?
Have you checked the guide:
boys, you took her out of the stadium with this edition software . Thank you filmora wondershare
I can't seem to be able to add any Video to another track at all !! any help !
I can not get the pip to accept a vido. I see the area, but it won't me drag it there.
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