Create a Picture in Picture Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro December 3, 2018 3 min read

In this Premiere Pro CC tutorial, you’ll learn how to go about creating a video card to show footage while other footage is also playing underneath. In old school terms, this used to be called picture in picture (PIP) effect. We’ll take you through a more stylized version of this effect which is really easy to do. So, let’s jump into it!

How to Edit a Picture in Picture Effect

Step 1: How to Create a Footage Card

Let’s assume you have a video of a person talking. The goal for this effect is to include a small frame of picture or video within the clip, similar to a news broadcast. Here are the steps to create this footage card: 

  1. If the shot has the person in the center of the screen, you’ll want to adjust the position, so the speaker is left of center. You can do this from the Effects panel using Scale and Position.  
  2. Next, introduce the shot that you want to make the footage card out of. Place it two layers above your original footage in the timeline.
  3. From there, resize the image from the Effects Control tab to make it small enough to position in the right-hand corner. It’s recommended to reduce the size by about 35-40%. This will help you have a little buffer room around the footage card. 
  4. Using the Position sliders, you can alter where you want the footage to be. 
  5. You can now edit the clip to ensure that the correct part of the video is used.

Step 2: Add a Colored Border Behind the Footage Card

Now that this point, you’ve achieved the picture in picture effect, but there are a few additional items you can do to improve how professional it looks. Since you want the footage card to be distinct from the underlying video, you could add a solid rectangular box behind or underneath the footage card. Here’s how to do this: 

  1. Our favorite way to do this is to create a text layer. Ensure it’s between the two footage layers in your timeline. 
  2. Be sure that this new text layer extends for the full duration of your footage card clip. 
  3. Go to the Essential Graphics panel, and then delete the text inside it. You should now have an empty graphics box. 
  4. Click on the Page icon, and add a new rectangle, which will then display on the screen. 
  5. From there, resize the box to be slightly bigger than your footage card. This will start to look like a small border. 
  6. If you want to change the color of the box, that can also be done in the Essential Graphics panel. 

Step 3: Nest Your Clips into a Single Unit 

What if you need to animate the clips, such as fade in and fade out? You’ll find that you’ll need to do the same thing for the border to make it look right. Here’s how to nest your footage, so you only need to adjust the border once: 

  1. Nest your clips, so that the border and footage act as a single unit. 
  2. Highlight both of your clips, right-click, select nest, and give it a name. This ensures that whenever the footage and border will always work together.  
  3. Now if you do something like animate it to grow and pop into the frame, it will work with the border around it. 
  4. To do this, bring the size to 0, keyframe it, and bring it back up to the size of 102, just a little bigger than the original. 
  5. Then, add a few more keyframes alternating in size, getting closer and closer to the original size.  
  6. And finally, highlight all the keyframes and right-click, then select Bezier.

Now you know how to add a modern picture in picture effect in Premiere Pro! It’s a really easy effect to pull off and makes whatever you’re talking about look stylish! Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below.