Video Overlay - Make a Picture in Picture Effect Easily

A Picture in Picture (PIP), also called a Video Overlay, is when two video clips share the display screen at the same time, one smaller and superimposed on a larger image. 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 Picture in Picture effect to insert an additional video (such as a webcam video) into the main video, just like you see in many online tutorials.

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Make a Picture in Picture Effect in Wondershare Filmroa

1Import your photo and audio files

Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor) includes an easy to use Picture-in-Picture feature. After you imported videos to the program, just drag and drop videos or images to the PIP track, you get a raw Picture in picture video. Click the Play button to preview it. Filmora also comes with many PIP resources that you can effortlessly add to your videos for fun.

Move the items on PIP track to decide when it should show up and drag the ends to trim or extend PIP length.

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2 Modify Picture-in-Picture Track

Next, you have a wide range of customizable options to set up your Picture-in-Picture track. To do so, double click on the added video or image on PIP track, the Motion panel will open. Click "Advanced" button for extra Mask and Effect options.

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Motion: Choose from more than 30 motions effects to make Picture-in-Picture video/images animated. There will be a sign when motion is added to a PIP.

Position: Directly put the Picture-in-Picture video/images to any position you want.

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Size: Drag and handles to resize the playing windows of Picture-in-Picture video/images. Check the Keep Aspect Ratio to constrain proportions if necessary.

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Mask: One-click to shape the Picture-in-Picture video/images. Each mask could be adjusted with these options: width, height, left and top.

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Effect: This tab contains many useful tools such as border, shadow, rotate, flip and alpha. Each helps make the Picture-in-Picture video/image have a good looking.

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Picture in Picture Shadow

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3 Save Picture in Picture Video

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

Get inspired with PIP video effect:

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May 03,2018 16:28 pm

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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.
i think you guys should consider about changing track position. For example, i added video A in first track and video B in second track, the video B was in front of the video A, but i don't want that, i want the video B in the background, video A in the front. It'd be very simple if i could swap 2 tracks so the 2 video can change position, or at least bring the video B to the 1st track and video A to 2nd track. But i can't do that in Filmora, so everytime i want to do PIP effect i have to think first which is the background video. It's so troublesome.