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Picture in Picture Effect in Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to create a basic picture in picture effect within Final Cut Pro X.

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Final Cut Pro X makes it incredibly easy to create a picture in picture effect.

Go ahead watch through part of this project.

“They run in the burning buildings to rescue people, while their opponents swipe the bad guys off the streets.”

“Both are dedicated to serving the public”

Notice I’ve got the fireman and policemen driving towards each other.  

This is done by using a transform effect.

Okay, I'm going to go back in time to show you how this effect was created from the ground up.

For the background video notice there’s this clip of a red siren, which is located within the primary storyline.

To connect a clip above a clip within your primary storyline, I've found it's best to press the X key which will mark the clip that you are parked over.

Then navigate to the event browser window and select a clip you'd like to use for one of your picture in picture effects.

Then press the Q key to connect to the clip above the Primary storyline.

Now, repeat the process by clicking back above your clip within the project and pressing the x key again.

Go back to the event browser and find the other clip.

Again, press the Q key.

Okay now you've got two clips stacked directly above the primary storyline.

These clips work like layers of bricks, meaning they cover each other up.

To create the picture in picture effect, select the top most clip within your project.

Click on the transform effect button within the Final Cut Pro X toolbar.

Within the event viewer, you should see a series blue handles around the outside edge of the clip.

If you grab onto one of the handles in the corner, you can scale the clip to your liking.

So for example, if I scale down this clip, you will see the clip of the fireman underneath it.

You can also click and drag the clip to a new position.

So, I’ll place this clip off to the right hand side of the event viewer window.

Okay, let’s repeat the steps again for the second clip.

Select the other clip within the timeline window.

Then go back to the viewer window to scale down and reposition the second clip.

Okay, there you go, it’s that easy!

“They run in the burning buildings to rescue people, while their opponents swipe the bad guys off the streets.”

“Both are dedicated to serving the public”

Now, you’ll notice there is a couple other things that need to be done to complete the spot.  

That includes applying a filter to this policeman so he’s travelling the other way.

Don’t worry, those concepts will be covered in the next few lessons.

For now, you should have the basics of creating a picture in picture effect.

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