How to Create Picture-in-Picture Effects in iMovie


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Michael has created an excellent screencast to show you how to create awesome PiP effects using iMovie. His tutorial will make it easy for you to manage this, without having to use any other guides or learning curves. Don’t forget that you can submit your screencast for possible use on our channels!

First you’ll need to activate the feature by going into iMovie features, and be sure that “show advanced tools” is selected. Images lack an audio feature, of course. Take some video from your event library and drag it into your project. Then, select Picture in Picture.

Select your orientation. Michael prefers to add it to the corner, and drag it out to the edge of his shoulders. That way, his audience is able to see both whatever he is demonstrating, as well as himself.

From there, you can go to Clip Adjustments, and change the video effect. You may want to flip it, put it in black and white, or even add a romantic effect. You can adjust the speed to play faster or slower… or even play it in reverse.

Michael doesn’t like to have PiP cut in quickly. He prefers it to fade in, so he chooses the “Dissolve” feature. He also tends to play around with different borders, depending on what looks right for each individual video.

You can also change the volume within the video. In the audio tab, you’ll see something called “Ducking”. With the clip Michael is using, he wants it to be softer than his voice. By using Ducking, the video will be lower than his voice. You can clearly hear what he’s saying, but still hear the cars in the video background.

There are many ways you can adjust your Picture-in-Picture clip, as Michael has demonstrated. Who knew it could be so easy to do something like this? Thanks again, Michael!

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