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Showing picture-in-picture

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Video: Showing picture-in-picture

In this video I would like to show you the new Picture-in-Picture effect that's available in iMovie '09. Picture-in- Picture allows you to show two clips simultaneously and is perfect for those times when you want to show someone, say, narrating the action in a scene, or if you want to show two angles of the same scene at the same time. In order to have the Picture-in-Picture option available, you need to first go to iMovie > Preferences and under the General section make sure Show Advanced Tools is checked. So I'm going to be using the rock climbing footage for this example. Let's grab the first clip in its entirety by clicking it and pressing Command+A on my keyboard to select it all and I'll drag that into my project.

Showing picture-in-picture

In this video I would like to show you the new Picture-in-Picture effect that's available in iMovie '09. Picture-in- Picture allows you to show two clips simultaneously and is perfect for those times when you want to show someone, say, narrating the action in a scene, or if you want to show two angles of the same scene at the same time. In order to have the Picture-in-Picture option available, you need to first go to iMovie > Preferences and under the General section make sure Show Advanced Tools is checked. So I'm going to be using the rock climbing footage for this example. Let's grab the first clip in its entirety by clicking it and pressing Command+A on my keyboard to select it all and I'll drag that into my project.

Now the second clip here is a shot of the same action, but with the camera shooting down form above. I'm going to apply Picture-in-Picture so we can see both angles simultaneously on screen. So let's make a selection starting with the point where the climber reaches for this last handhold, see right about there, and now let's click and drag to select all the way through the end. Now I'm going to drag this clip over that first clip I dragged into my project. Continuing to hold down on my mouse button, I'm going to skim along that first clip until I find that point in that first clip where the same action occurs.

So right about there where he makes a grab for that handhold. Now I'm going to release my mouse and now I can choose Picture-in-Picture. Well, let's play this and see how it looks. So there is the first shot, and now Picture-in-Picture appears. And there it is. Now if you didn't get the two clips to sync up just right, you can grab the Picture-in-Picture clip and drag it to the left or right to readjust it. You can also grab its edges and drag to make the clip shorter or longer if need be. Now as far as the positioning of the Picture-in-Picture itself, you are free to drag it around any one screen you like. Just make sure it's selected here in the Project pane, and you can come over to preview area, and just drag it around anywhere you like. Notice that when you get close to the edges, you get the alignment guides here to make sure you have it stay centered, or within the TV Safe area, so you are not dragging it off screen. And you can increase or decrease the size of the Picture-in- Picture by dragging its corners. Of course, dragging it so big that it obscures the other shot, kind of the fits of purpose, so just pick a size that works for you, but wait there is more.

Clicking the Picture-in-Picture's popup menu and choosing Clip Adjustments brings up a bunch of other options you can apply. And you could see them right here under PIP or Picture-in-Picture effect. The Default here is None, but if I want the Picture-in-Picture screen to fade in or dissolve, I can choose Dissolve. I could also choose Zoom. We also have the ability to swap images. So if you want the Picture-in-Picture clip to take over the majority of the screen while the original clip becomes the Picture-in-Picture, you can choose Swap. Let's go at Zoom and down below you can use the slider to adjust the length of the effect. So you can adjust length of the Dissolved Zoom or the Swap, depending on which one you have selected. We also have the options of adding a Border Width, so you can have thick, medium or thin. We have a Border Color.

Let me just pick a thicker one here, so you can see what it looks like, so we have got black, gray and white, kind of like the medium black myself. I can even add a drop shadow by checking Visible. You can see that it has a slight shadow beneath the Picture-in-Picture. Click Done and we can see what that looks like. So you can see the Zoom In effect there. We have a nice border and the drop shadow on our Picture-in-Picture. And it zooms out at the end. So that's the Picture-in-Picture option found in iMovie '09, perfect for those times when you want to show two clips simultaneously.

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