Picture-in-Picture (PIP)

Picture-in-Picture (PIP)

A Picture-in-Picture (PIP) is an additional video clip (usually a Web camera recording) that plays embedded into the main video or next to the main video. You can add video or image files onto the PIP track on the Timeline.

PIP Preview

When you add a clip onto the PIP track, the Select PIP Preview dialog box determines how to display the clips: as an embedded video or as a side-by-side video.

The PIP preview option determines the settings available for editing; it is not a production option.

To change the PIP preview, select View > Toggle PIP Preview Placement or press <CTRL + F8>.

Preview the PIP Track on Top of the Video Track (Embedded)

The PIP appears in the lower right corner of the main video as shown in the image below. Select this option if you plan to produce the final video as a Flash embedded video.

Embedded PIP

Preview the PIP Track As a Floating Window

The PIP appears in a floating window separate from the main video. This option provides a preview for how the video may look using the Side-by-Side template option in the Production Wizard.

Side-by-side PIP

To undock the PIP window and move it to a new location, click the undock button. To dock the window again, click the Close button.

Undock icon

Modify a Picture-in-Picture (PIP)

Camtasia Studio > Task List > Picture-in-Picture (PIP) > Modify selected PIP clip

The options available on the Modify Picture-in-Picture (PIP) pane depend on the PIP preview option selected. Some options (size, position, border, opacity, and drop shadow) do not apply when producing a video with the Side-by-Side Flash template.

  • Size: In the Preview Window, drag a corner of the PIP clip to resize the PIP.
    Drag handle to resize PIP
  • Position: In the Preview Window, drag the PIP clip to the desired location.
    Drag to move PIP
  • Opacity: Drag the slider bar to adjust the opacity percentage.
    100% opacity 65% opacity
  • Border: Enable the include border option and select a color.
    PIP border No border
  • Drop Shadow
    Drop Shadow

Show or Hide PIP

To hide the PIP, make a selection on the Timeline. Click Hide PIP. The hidden portion of the PIP clip appears grey on the Timeline.

The PIP audio continues to play when a PIP clip is hidden.

To show the PIP, make a selection on the Timeline. Click Show PIP.

Fade PIP In and Out

Fade the PIP clip in and out of the main video for a smoother transition. On the Modify Picture-in-Picture (PIP) pane, enable the Fade PIP video in and out option.

The effect is not visible in the Preview Window until you click Finished on the Picture-in-Picture (PIP) pane.

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