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How to Overlay Videos

Edited by Pat Bitton

July 27, 2020

What is a video overlay? Simply put, it’s when you place one video on top of another video and then play them simultaneously. This effect is also called “picture-in-picture”, because one picture is located inside of another.

To make a video like this, you’ll need a video editor that supports the creation and editing of overlays. Movavi Video Editor Plus can help you easily superimpose multiple videos: it has all the video overlay effects you might need. To learn how to overlay videos, download Movavi’s software and read our quick guide below.

Install Movavi’s Video Overlay Software

Open the file you’ve downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software on your computer.

Upload Your Media Files

Launch the overlay video editor and choose New Project in the pop-up window that opens. Then click Add Media Files and upload the videos you want to work with. The files will appear on the Timeline in the lower part of the program window.

Create a Video Overlay

Select the video you want to put on top of the background clip and drag it to a position above the Video Track. The Overlay Track will appear – drop your video there. In the preview screen, you will see your foreground video covering one fourth of the background video.

To edit the foreground video, double-click it on the Overlay Track. You can move the video around in the preview screen, change its size by dragging the edges, or rotate it by changing the Angle parameter.

You can also choose how and where the overlaid video will be positioned over the background video. Open the drop-down list above the preview screen and select one of these options: Picture in picture, Side by side, or Cover.

Add Animation (Optional)

If you want, you can add motion to your foreground clips. To do this, select a video on the Timeline, go to the Animation tab, open the Advanced Animation section, and click Add Animation.

Then, in the preview window, drag your object to where you want it to move. Drag the keyframes on the Timeline to set the time and length of the animation. You can add new keyframes by clicking Add Keyframe. You can also edit and remove any keyframes on the Timeline – to do this, right-click on a keyframe to open a context menu.

Save Your Final Video

Click the Export button, choose the destination folder in the Save to field, and select the video format from the tabs on the left of the export window. Then click Start. Now you know how to overlay a video on a video using Movavi’s software!


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Frequently Asked Questions

❓ How Do I Overlay a Picture on a Video?

You can overlay a picture on a video using the “picture-in-picture” effect. Earlier in this guide, we explained how to overlay one video on another with Movavi Video Editor Plus. The process of overlaying an image on a video is almost the same, except that instead of adding another video, you add a picture to a new overlay track. For more information, follow the instructions below.

First, download and install Movavi Video Editor Plus.

Launch the program and select New Project. Click Add Media Files and upload the video you want to use in your clip. Right-click on the Timeline and select Add Extra Track, then Add Video Track. Drag and drop the image you want to use on the new overlay track. Click the Cogwheel icon and, in the preview window, adjust the size and position of the image on the video. Click Export, choose the format and destination folder, and enter a file name. Then click Start.

❓ How Do I Overlay Text on a Video?

You can overlay text on a video with Movavi Video Editor Plus.

Install and launch the program. Select New Project, click Add Media Files, and upload the video you want to add text to. Go to the Titles tab, choose a text style, and drag and drop the selected item onto the Titles Track. Double-click on the title and enter your text, then adjust the font, size, and other parameters. Click Apply. To save the clip, click Export, enter the file name, choose a format and destination folder. Finally, click Start.

Learn more about adding text to a video