How to Overlay Videos
Edited by Pat Bitton
July 24, 2019
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” (or “PiP”), because one picture is located inside of another.
To make a PiP video, you’ll need picture-in-picture software that supports the creation and editing of overlays. Movavi Video Editor can help you easily superimpose multiple videos. To learn how to do this, download Movavi’s overlay video editor 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 picture-in-picture 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)
Note: this feature is only available in Movavi Video Editor Plus. Visit the product page to learn more.
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 videos with Movavi's PiP video editor!
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* The free version of Movavi Video Editor has the following restrictions: 7-day trial period, watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length. Learn more