Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating overlay effects, part of iMovie for iOS Essential Training.
>> Occasionally, when editing your video projects, you'll want something a little more sophisticated or flashy than simply cutting from one clip to another over and over again. Yes, we've seen that you can add transitions like cross-dissolves and fades between clips to give your cuts some style, but there may be times when you want to cut away to other shots while the audio from the first shot keeps playing. Or you may want to create a side by side or picture in picture effect, to show two clips on screen at once. These are actually very easy to accomplish in iMovie. So, let's take a look at how they work. Let's listen to the first clip here, where I'm talking about my destination. >> Hey, this is the Bernheisel road entrance to the Appalachian Trail.
My destination is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. About ten miles that way, so I'm going to get going. >> So, maybe, at the point where I mentioned Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, I'd like to show a shot of that area. So, first I'll make sure my play head is where I want that shot to appear, right about there. And over here, in my media browser, I have a shot from Boiling Springs. And let's select about two seconds of that shot. Now, we saw earlier that we can insert clips by splitting a clip and then dragging another clip between the split sections, but that's not what I want to do in this case. I want to be able to continue to hear what I'm saying in this clip while the video cuts away to this other shot.
This is referred to as an overlay here in iMovie. And these secondary shots are often referred to as B roll. So, to do this, I'll tap the ellipsis or more button on my selection. That displays several other options we have to overlay this footage. Going left to right, the first button here that looks like a waveform is just for overlaying the audio from the selection onto your project. But these other three options are for overlaying the audio and video. The first one is a cutaway effect. I'll tap that. A cutaway keeps the audio from the main video clip playing in the background while the footage I just placed above it appears on screen. You see this sort of thing applied in documentaries sometimes, where someone is describing an event of the past, and as he's talking, maybe a photo of the event appears on screen, while you continue to hear his voice describing what's going on.
So, now if I play this clip, you'll still hear me talking as the video cuts away to the shot of the lake. >> Entrance to the Appalachian Trail. My destination is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, about ten miles that way, so I'm going to get going. >> Now, if necessary, I can adjust the length and placement of the cutaway footage so it syncs a little bit better with the audio. And you do this just by tapping the cutaway footage. And you can use the trim handles to shorten or lengthen that cutaway. Or drag it around to reposition it. I actually thought it was positioned pretty well, so I'm just going to undo that. Now, by default, the cutaway footage is muted, but if you want to hear it's audio as well, select it, tap Audio at the bottom of the screen and then tap the Speaker icon to unmute that footage.
You can also adjust it's volume level with the slider here, but we'll talk more about audio later. I'm going to leave this muted for now. Okay, so that's a cut away. Let's take a look at some of the other overlay options. But, instead of having to delete this overlay footage and reinsert it from the media browser, we can simply change the type of overlay just by selecting it. Making sure Video is selected here at the bottom. And here at the bottom of the screen, we have three buttons representing the three video overlay types. Cut away is selected right now, and the next one is picture in picture. And you can see the results of that. Now, right now, you can see it's covering up my beautiful face.
So, we can't have that. So, I'll tap the overlay clip, which brings up these two buttons here in the viewer. The top one lets you move the clip. And you can also pinch in and out to resize it. The bottom control lets you pinch and zoom inside the picture in picture if you want to crop any portion of it out. So now, it looks like this. >> Destination is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, about ten miles that way so. >> Alright, and the third overlay option is split screen. Notice that tapping that button gives you the option of specifying whether you want the B roll footage to appear on the right, the left, the top or the bottom.
I'll keep mine to the right. And if necessary, you can tap the overlay clip to select it, and you can, again, reposition the footage as necessary. And you can do the same for the main footage as well. So, I can switch back and forth here. Try to reposition my footage. This is what the clips look like so far. >> Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, about ten miles that way so. >> In this case though, I think I prefer the cut away effect. So, select that again, and make sure everything is looking okay.
>> Location is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania about ten miles that way, so I'm going to get going. >> So, there you have how to create a cut away, picture in picture or side by side overlay effects.
- Shooting with the built-in cameras
- Importing footage from other sources
- Adding clips to a project
- Trimming, splitting, and rotating clips
- Adjusting transitions between clips
- Adding still photos and titles
- Adding sound effects or background music
- Fading audio clips
- Adjusting playback speed
- Backing up a movie with iTunes