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Easy PiP movements

It may have already been mentioned in the extensive discussions on Picture in Picture, but just in case it hasnt been stated there is a very easy way to give movement to your PiP effects.

1. Simply set up a non-moving PiP on the overlay track.
2. Add “slide in” and “slide out” transitions to the overlay clip.

Any transition type that gives “movement” to the overlay video instead of just “revealing” the overlay video will impart this motion to the PiP effect.
The PiP effect stays locked to the area of the overlay that you set.

 

For example: You can set up a PiP on the overlay. Then add a spiral transition to the start of the overlay clip. The locked PiP will spiral in over the main video. You could then let the PiP dwell in place for a second or two. Then use a slide down (or any angle for that matter) to slide the PiP off screen. It’s very quick and easy, doesnt require that you do anything to your main video clip and is easier than setting an animation on the PiP itself.
You could also combine these transitions with PiP keyframing so that you could get 4 movement changes during one PiP clip.
Some other simple examples: Use a swap transition on the overlay PiP to make the PiP appear to come out of a slit in the middle of the main video moving first to the right and then sliding left over to it’s resting position in front of the main video. Literally all you have to do is add the transition to the overlay clip that you’ve already established as a PiP.
You can use a slide in from left transition and a slide out to right transition on an overlay PiP. If you drag each transition so they meet in the middle of the clip then the PiP will effortlessly come from off screen and move all the way off screen again without doing anything but adding the two transitions.
You can come up with an endless variety, and all as fast as dragging and dropping any transition that “moves” the video rather than just revealing the video (like a wipe for instance).
My point was that this is an easy way to give movement to the PiP and can usually handle most movement tasks using a transition preset, without having to set the beginning and ending keyframes manually or experimenting with matched timing in order to maintain a lock on the inset video.

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