FilmForth User Guide

Using Picture-in-a-Picture

In This Document:

  • Introduction
  • Adding a Picture-in-a-Picture
  • Editing Picture-in-a-Picture


While the Picture-in-a-Picture feature functions in a similar way to other graphic objects, using it can add dimension and production quality to your videos. A simple example would be to inset a video of someone doing a voice over for the main video behind them. There are interesting and creative ways to use this feature that go well beyond a simple timeline.Of course you will want to plan what you are going to do and have the image and/or video components already created and available.

Adding a Picture-in-a-Picture

  1. With a project open that already has graphic objects on the timeline, click the Picture-in-Picture feature on the bottom bar of the project screen (see Figure 6.1). This will open the Picture-in-a-Picture functions (see Figure 6.1).

Figure 6.1: The project screen’s feature bar.

Figure 6.2: The Picture-in-a-Picture function bar.

2. Click the Add Pic in Pic [+] button to the left on the function bar display. A Windows Open screen will appear.

3. Using the Open screen, navigate to the place where you have stored the object you want to incorporate into your video.

4. Click on the object to highlight it in the file panel.

5. Click [Open]. The object will be added to the project timeline immediately below the graphic objects.

6. Click the blue [Back] arrow to exit Picture-in-a-Picture mode. The Picture-in-a-Picture objects will no longer appear on the timeline when you exit the mode. The objects remain in the project and can be revealed by clicking the Picture-in-a-Picture feature icon again.

Note: It is possible to add multiple Picture-in-a-Picture objects. It will be possible to control all of them separately.

Editing Picture-in-a-Picture

Several features included in FilmForth help you control Picture-in-a-Picture objects that you add. The feature bar becomes available when entering the Picture-in-a-Picture mode by clicking the feature icon at the bottom of the screen (see Figure 6.1).  To apply the functions just click on the icon. The descriptions for each object appear in Table 6.1 and contain any additional information necessary for applying the tool. Controls are context sensitive because still pictures and video objects are fundamentally different. Exit all features using the blue [Back] arrow to the left of the feature bar

Allows users to add Picture-in-a-Picture objects using the Add instructions

This feature enables users to split an active image object into two parts at the point where the timeline indicator is positioned. The duration of the objects will add up to the duration of the original object. Simply position the red timeline indicator over the active object and click the [Split] icon.

Clicking this function opens a timeline slider bar that allows users to control the start and end times individual objects. Click the object that you want to control in the timeline and then click [Trim] to reveal the slider control.

This function opens volume control sliders for imported video objects. There are controls for over-all volume of the object (0% to 200%) as well as fade-in and fade-out duration of up to 5 seconds each. Click the video object to activate it in the timeline and then use the sliders to control the volume features.

This function allows users to set the overall opacity of the Picture-in-a-Picture object.

This feature will duplicate a graphic object. Click on the object that you want to  duplicate and then click the [Duplicate] icon. The object will be replicated immediately below the active object on the timeline.

Clicking this deletes the currently active image object.

Move the Timeline Indicator to the position the Picture-in-a-Picture object should begin displaying and click [Set Start] to reposition the beginning of the object in the project timeline. Note that the exact indicator position is displayed below the Preview panel on the Playback bar.

Flip allows users to flip objects horizontally. Click on the object in the timeline to activate it and then click [Flip] to change the horizontal orientation

Effects can be applied to graphic objects to adjust color and shading. Several different effects are available. To apply an effect, click on a graphic object to activate it and then click the [Effects] icon. The available effects will be revealed. Simply click the desired effect to apply it to the object. To remove the effect, click [None].

Table 6.1: Additional Features for Picture-in a-Picture objects.

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