Just about all of today's digital cameras are capable of recording video. Most are also capable of taking very good quality HD video. But a similar problem arises for most people in that it's not easy to view those video clips. Many would like to combine them to single playable videos, but don't know how. Similarly many others would like to create their own YouTube videos, but also don't fully understand where to start. This site's tutorials are intended to help those people. ONLY FREE SOFTWARE are used in these tutorials. That way, the average person can get started and try what they've learned immediately.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Picture in Picture" / "Split Screen" Video Editing


A number of popular YouTube channels utilize a "Picture in Picture" effect to simultaneously display two or more videos on the screen.  For example, these videos may contain a background of video game play, while a second smaller video is overlain diplaying the video author commenting on the main video.  These type of videos are very easily done with available freeware.  

The following two tutorials provide step-by-step instructions exactly how to do such using FileLab and VSDC video editors.  As usual, these programs are both 100% full working freeware, with no strings attached.  More info on these and others freeware editing programs may be found here.  And here are the tutorials:


FileLab "Picture in Picture" Editing (download FileLab here)
This video is in HD.  Click "Full Screen" in lower right corner.

Please note that I apologize for the quality of the following video, and also the singing.  I was rushed, I'm not a singer, and I used the microphone from a cheap $4 webcam.  But the video does show that it is easy to import multiple simultaneous PIP videos with this program.

VSDC "Picture in Picture" Editing


Note that VSDC downloader will suggest installing additional bundled software along with VSDC.  This is why VSDC is free. Carefully read those installation screens and make sure to uncheck or decline any software that doesn't interest you (probably all). 


If you're interested in doing music covers, of the two programs, I highly recommend that you consider VSDC.  It does take some practice. But it's well worth taking the time to learn it, as it was used in the following projects (and you can't beat the price :).






38 comments:

  1. Please comment on your experience or needs for video editing. I use such input for future blog posts. Also use the comments to contact me, as I read each and every comment. If I don't reply, that means I don't know the answer to your particular question, and hopefully one of the other readers can answer it.

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  2. I can't thank you enough for this tutorial and the free editing software. Now I can actually do PIP! Woo hoo! I will post a link to my finished video.

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  3. Great! I watched this tutorial showing how to use freeware PIP/split screen effect video editing software and downloaded it testing to add two videos in order to make PIP effect and saved it...playing my video player...OOOOoooohhhh! I loved it!!! Easy to use much better than Windows Live Movie Maker!!!

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  4. It says I have to sign in to make the movie...What do I sign in to? It doesnt bring me to another window when I click it

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    1. Sounds like you're running Filelab. Sign in to either Google, Yahoo, or Facebook, but don't sign out. Then try the Make Movie button again.

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  5. When I try to use it says there will be a water mark on the video. Do I have to pay to remove this ?

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  6. FileLab is simple and great at the same time! Thanks for this. I just missed the possibility to save an HD video in 1080p (maximum def allowed is 720p).
    Great job any way!

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  7. FINALLY!! PIP!
    OMG NOW I CAN MAKE AWESOME VIDEOS > ^ <
    <3
    (sorry for caps I'm just excited)

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  8. Hi,
    i been looking for a program that can do the following things...

    Green Screen ( as mentioned in your informative videos )
    Twin persons ( the split screen effect used on The Patty Duke Show)

    and a feature that allows me to place a face over a dancing body (not sure what thats called)

    basically a person is moving in footage but a picture of someone else s head his laid over the footage head and moves with the body.

    i have seen other programs that say they can do these effects including the head one think its called masking or something...but they far to expensive.

    im interested in this program and appreciate any help you may be able to provide.

    either way thank you in advance for your time and i look foreword to your reply.

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    1. VSDC can do green screen (chroma key) and twin person (video clone/split screen) editing. There are several green screen and split screen tutorials on this blog site. Look for them in the popular posts in the right-hand column of this blog page.

      A good tutorial on video cloning is shown on this YouTube video. Magix Movie Edit Pro is the software used, but just watch his initial explanation of positioning, and then watch the split screen tutorial on this blog. You should be able to easily figure out how to apply either the free programs VSDC or FileLab to do the same thing.

      The last item mentioned (the moving head) would require somewhat more sophisticated software with motion tracking. An inexpensive program that you might consider is again Magix Movie Edit Pro "Plus". Last year's and the previous year's versions are still very good and relatively inexpensive on Amazon. For example MMEP17 Plus (2011 version) is going for $17 with shipping (link here). MMEP18 Plus (2012 version) is about $40 (link here). But both are very good, and have motion tracking for a green screen overlayed "moving head".

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  9. its a great experience thanks for uploading

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  10. I downloaded VSDC and can input my videos but I cannot select any video and audio effects. I've made sure that I have highlighted the clip as shown in the demos but to no avail. Any help?

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    1. You'll have to do more than just highlighting the clip. You need to also click on the clip's "Video" tab located directly above the timeline. The tab will be labeled something like "Video: Video 1".

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  11. my norton says it not safe so it removed it

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    1. It's because VSDC uses a bundler installer. Note that VSDC downloader will suggest installing additional bundled software along with VSDC. This is why VSDC is free. Carefully read those installation screens and make sure to uncheck or decline any software that doesn't interest you (probably all).

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  12. thank you so much. Just what I needed for my video presentation.

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  13. Now I can add webcam to my videos when I get one YES!

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  14. Looks like I can only use Filelab online, unable to actually download it to my computer. Is that right? Thanks.

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    1. That's correct. However VSDC is downloadable and can be run offline.

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  15. If you are using VDSC to have to video streams PIP, how do you make one video stream mute (i have a recording from two perspectives but only want to use one audio)

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    1. Click the "Video: Video 1" or "Video 2" tab directly above the timeline for the specific video that you wish to mute. Then view its Properties window in the right-hand column. Scroll down to the very bottom of this properties window to the "Audio Track" selection. Click on this selection, and select "Don't use audio".

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  16. why does this sometime not work i can edit a video and hit "'export project" and it will say "no sources found" like i didnt even make a video i keep uninstalling it every 2 days and reinstalling just so it can work to not work again 2 days later its getting annoying

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  17. Thanks for this tutorial, I was looking to do something like this with Windows Movie Maker, but it doesn't have those capabilities. I have a question. I want to record two videos of myself playing the mandolin, one part back-up chords, the other the main melody part. I then want to combine the videos side-by-side so that it appears that there are two of me playing the tune. I think this can be accomplished via this technique, but wonder if and how I would "line up" the videos so that the audio from both is synchronized. I would be using a metronome to make sure I play both parts in equal time.

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    1. Recommend VSDC as it's the most capable of the above two PIP editors. Please see the above VSDC tutorial video as I do something very similar (singing row row row your boat in round).

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  18. I recommend this to everyone on YouTube this is amazing its all i ever wanted

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  19. I see that it can resize, but I need to crop videos so for example use the top half of one with the bottom half of a different one to make a split screen without reducing the size of the images in the two videos.

    Will that work with this?

    Thank you.

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    1. Yes you can with VSDC. Right click on the video preview window, and select "Crop Borders". Do such, and then resize each if needed.

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  20. After I do Splitting & cutting, the length of the video does not decrease, what should I do?

    Thx.

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  21. I forgot to mention that I am using VSDC.

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  22. Arshad, sometimes VSDC clips the video, but forgets to readjust its length. Please click on the video tab above the timeline for one of the videos that you did splitting and cutting for. Notice the little white arrow on the timeline. If it is far to the right of the end of your clip, slide it to the left until it matches the length of your clip. This will readjust the time length of your clip to match its actual length.

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  23. How do I view videos in slow motion using VSDC video editor.
    Thanks
    Ruben

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  24. Ruben, click on the video in the time line, then open its properties window. Look for Speed (%) slider control. Slide it to the left for a number less than 100% for slower video. There's another new feature "Playing Backward" right above speed. That should be self explanatory :)
    CR

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  25. i have a plan to my lead, rythym, and bass cover into one cover. is it easy to use? i mean for an average person that has liitle experience about video editing? tnx

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  26. This would be the one free program that could do what you're asking. But easy might not be the word if you've never used the program before. But after you do use it a while, it does become very easy. Please watch the VSDC video above to give you an idea of what would be required for such a project.

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  27. There are two free programs listed above that can do picture in picture, VSDC and FileLab. VSDC can do multiple picture in picture (just about as many as you want), while FileLab is limited to one. Thus for your project, would recommend learning VSDC, as you can be a whole band.
    Here's an example of what one fellow did with VSDC

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Please comment on your experience or needs for video editing. I use such input for future blog posts. Also use the comments to contact me, as I read each and every comment. If I don't reply, that means I don't know the answer to your particular question, and hopefully one of the other readers can answer it.