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Picture-in-picture is a video editing technique that lets you overlay two videos or images in the same video frame. The multi-layer editing effect is perfect for gameplay videos, walk-through tutorials, virtual greetings, reaction videos, and much more.

Note: The screenshots in this article are from Clipchamp's personal version. The same principles apply to Clipchamp for work accounts.

Step 1. Select your background media

Upload your own footage or select stock media. For this tutorial, we will be using our stock footage. Start with the media you would like to use as the background video.

Select the stock video tab, then choose a stock collection or search using keywords. Drag and drop your chosen video onto the timeline.

An image of selecting stock media from Clipchamp

Step 2. Select your overlay media

Repeat step one to select your overlay video or the media you want to place on top. Click on the stock video tab, then select a stock collection or search using a keyword.

Place your chosen stock on top of the existing media in the timeline to ensure the media is an overlay.

Close up of picture in picture button under layout

NOTE: Now that you have two videos playing simultaneously, you might run into doubled-up audio tracks playing.

If you want to mute the audio, click on the video on the timeline, so it’s highlighted green. Click on the audio icon on the video clip to mute. You can also click on the audio tab on the right sidebar, turn down the volume of the video using the slider, or detach the audio and delete it.

An image of muting audio in a video in Clipchamp

Step 3. Edit your video-on-video overlay

There are two different ways to create a picture-in-picture effect.

Option A: Click on the overlayed video on the timeline, so it’s highlighted green. Next, click on the picture-in-picture button on the floating toolbar.

An image of using the floating toolbar in Clipchamp

Select from the top right, top left, bottom right, and bottom left options.

You can also freely edit the size of your picture-in-picture video using the corners. If the video overlay is too small or in the wrong position, feel free to use the freehand editing corners to resize your video. Drag the corners in and out diagonally.

An image of freehand tool in Clipchamp


Option B: Click on the overlayed video on the timeline, so it’s highlighted green. Use the freehand corners to resize your video and freely reposition the video around the preview screen.

An image of video overlay settings in Clipchamp

If you need more help with the picture-in-picture overlay, take a look at our YouTube video.

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