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Chapter 6. Video Effects > Picture-in-Picture

Picture-in-Picture

Picture-in-picture is one of the high-end effects that iMovie offers and, as you’d expect, it’s easy to pull off. It’s especially useful in tutorial videos because you can show, for example, the speaker’s face as well as the lesson being taught. A before-and-after comparison scenario also lends itself to the picture-in-picture technique.

What does it do specifically? The best example I can think of is the nightly news on television. Oftentimes you’ll see the news anchors behind their desks, reading the current headlines while a small video or image appears in a “box” just to the left or right of the anchor’s head. This box appears to float in midair and often displays an image or video to support what’s being said. That’s an example of the picture-in-picture technique, and it’s just what you can create with iMovie. Here’s how (see Figure 6.6).


  

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