iMovie Edit
1.1 How to Add Subtitles in iMovie
1.2 Add Music in iMovie
1.3 iMovie Effect
1.4 iMovie Green Screen
1.5 iMovie Trailers
1.6 iMovie Picture in Picture
1.7 iMovie Slow Motion
1.8 How to Rotate Video in iMovie
1.9 iMovie Split Screen
1.10 How to Add Transitions in iMovie
1.11 iMovie Time Lapse
1.12 iMovie Stop Motion
1.13 iMovie Split Clip
1.14 How to Crop Videos on iMovie
1.15 How to Do a Voiceover on iMovie
1.16 iMovie Aspect Ratio
1.17 How to Fast Forward in iMovie
1.18 Zoom in/out on iMovie
1.19 iMovie Stabilization
1.20 iMovie Fade Audio
1.21 How to Reverse Video in iMovie
1.22 How to Join Clips in iMovie
1.23 Trim Auido in iMovie

How to Create Picture in Picture Effect using iMovie for Mac/iPad/iPhone

Picture in picture, also known as video overlay, is a feature where one video clip is played as a small window on top of another video. This special effect is widely used in online tutorials to show narrations and presentations in the meantime. If you want to make the picture in picture effect, iMovie gives you the full option. In the following article, I'll show you how to create picture in picture in iMovie. Since iMovie works on more than one platform, you can also use iMovie picture in picture effect on Mac/iPad/iPhone.

Picture in Picture iMovie

Picture in Picture iMovie

Part 1. How to make iMovie picture in picture effect on Mac

You can follow the tutorials below to have an iMovie picture in picture effect on Mac.

Step 1 Turn "Show Advanced Tools" on

In order to activate picture in picture effect in iMovie, you need to turn on advanced tools. Open iMovie on your Mac and click the "iMovie" > "Preferences" on the top menu, find "Show Advanced Tools" box and check it.

iMovie Preference Settings

Step 2 Load the video using as picture in picture

Choose a video clip you want to apply picture in picture effect in the Event Browser, drag it to the Project Library. A menu will pop up, choose "Picture in Picture" to apply video picture in picture in iMovie.

iMovie Picture in Picture

Step 3 Preview and adjust iMovie picture in picture clip

After you load the picture in picture clip, you can see the video clip appear above the video in the Project Library. You can change the picture in picture video clip display size and position on the Preview window and preview the display for both big image video and picture in picture clip to check the effect.

iMovie Video Overlay Preview

Tips: For more advanced functions of iMovie picture in picture effects, you can double click the picture in picture clip, select "Clip Adjustments", and find them in the "Inspector" window.

Inspector Picture in Picture

You can check the video tutorial down below:

Part 2. How to make picture in picture effect in iMovie on iPhone/iPad

Here I'll take iPhone 8/7 as an example, and show you how to make picture in picture effect in iMovie.

Step 1 Launch iMovie on your iPad/iPhone. Click the "Projects" tab on top, and then "Create Project" to load the video clip as the main video.

Create Project iPhone iPad

Step 2 Click the "plus" button on the left to choose another video clip/picture as the picture-in-picture video. Select the video and you'll see several ways to insert the picture/video. An overlay means to insert the video as "picture in picture".

Load Main Video

Step 3 Now that the picture in picture is inserted in iMovie, you can resize the picture in picture or change picture position by means of two setting buttons on the right.

Change Picture in Picture Effect

Step 4 Preview the picture in picture effect, once you are satisfied, click "Done" button to save and share you project!

Part 3. Best alternative video editor to iMovie picture in picture effect

Apart from iMovie that gives you options to picture in picture effect, there are also many other video editing software which have picture in picture feature. Here we would like recommend to you the best free overlay video editor – Free Video Editor.

Free Video EditorFor Mac

In this article, we have mainly showed you how to add iMovie picture in picture effect on Mac/iPad/iPhone. Still have more questions about picture in picture in iMovie? Feel free to leave your comments down below.

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May 17, 2018 18:31 / Updated by to iMovie