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Video Overlay: How to Create Picture in Picture Video

Karolina Miller
Karolina Miller

Karolina Miller is an editor for VC Studio. From video/audio downloading to DVD creating and converting, she knows them all. And she likes sharing her thought and solution about multimedia.

We often come across some scene in TV or cartoon book:

1. When the protagonists are sleeping or thinking, their thought will appear in a one screen.

2. When the presenter explain an incident to viewer, the video of the incident will be played at the same time.

Is that amazing? This effect is called picture in picture, which means two video clips share the display screen at the same time. Then you can see one smaller image superimpose on another large video frame. Here we will recommend a picture in picture movie maker – Video Editor to you, now you can also create such stunning effect to your video.


Video Editor is powerful program which is applied to create, edit and share videos. Creating picture-in-picture is very easy by using Video Editor for beginners. It allows you to input almost all popular video formats like MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, MOV and so on. With few simple steps, you can customize the video overlay as you want. What's more, it has other common editing effects such as trim, crop, merger, rotation, hue, brightness, saturation, contrast, voiceover, transition, etc.

Video Editor - A Good PIP Video Maker

It is one of the simplest, fastest and most powerful video editor, you can import media files and create a picture in picture video easily.

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How to Make Picture in Picture Video

Step 1. Launch the program

After installation, open the program and choose the Full Featured Mode.

Select Full Featured Mode

Step 2. Import Media Files

Import your media files by clicking the "Import" button. Or you can directly choose "Import a media folder" to add multiple files. It also enables you to import files from camera or phone.

Import Files

Step 3. Create PIP Video

First, drag the main video to the video timeline for editing. Second, you need to select the video or picture you want to add to the main video. Right click and select "Apply to PIP", then the video or picture will be appeared at the timeline under the main video.

Apply to PIP

Step 4. Customize the PIP

Move the picture or video to the appropriate time. Now double click the picture or video to open the Motion Panel, then click "Advanced" to go to "PIP Edit" window.

• In "Mask" tab, you can select the mask you like and double click to apply it to your PIP video. Also, you can adjust the size and location here. Finally, check the video effect on the right window.

• In "Effect" tab, you can find other functions like add shadow, border and flip effect.

PIP Mask Editing

PIP Effect Editing

Step 5. Create the PIP Video

Now we will come to the final step, click the "EXPORT" button on the toolbar. Or find and select the "Export" button on the top left corner. You will find some options: "Create Video", "Export to Device", "Upload to YouTube", "Upload to Facebook", "pload to Vimeo" and "Burn DVD". Choose "Create Video" to save the video on your computer.

Export Video

Remember choosing a right format you want to save and making the proper video setting.

Output Settings

So far, we had finished a picture in picture video effect, also this easy tutorial is completed. Through the PIP function of Video Editor, we can make our video in a wonderful way to show the professional video effect. If you like it, download this program and have a try.


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