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Avid Media Composer Picture in Picture Effect

November 7, 2019


It’s easy to add a picture in picture effect
to a media composer sequence. Let’s continue by watching this short sequence
from previous exercises. I’m going to navigate to the upper right corner
of the composer window and choose an earlier version of this sequence so we can reconstruct
it. Start by marking an area in your sequence
for where you want the picture in picture to go. Patch the V1 source track to the V2 sequence
track. Also, make sure this monitor icon is located
on the V2 track. Load the clip of the fireman driving, into
the source window. Then press the red overwrite button, or the
blue replace button, to edit the clip into the marked area of the sequence. And remember, you can also press the B key
on your keyboard. Navigate to the top of the project window
and click on the effect’s palette tab. Click on the Blend category Find the Picture in Picture effect and drag
it onto the clip segment on V2. This will automatically scale the clip segment
to 50% and it will place it in the middle of the screen. Next, make sure the position indicator is
parked over the clip segment. To make changes to the effect, navigate to
the upper left corner of the timeline window and press the effect mode button. The effect editor window will appear. You can now make adjustments to the picture
in picture by adjusting these sliders, or by dragging the wireframe of the clip within
the composer window. Notice this creates a pink keyframe at the
bottom of the record side of the composer window. For this lesson, it’s important that the position
indicator remains parked over this keyframe. Otherwise, you may end up with additional
keyframes, and your picture in picture effect will automatically move from one keyframe
to another. Now don’t worry I’ll talk more about key-framing
in a different exercise. Okay so now, to add another picture in picture
effect repeat the same steps again. If you need another video track, right click
in the grey area of the timeline window and choose new video track. Patch the V1 source track to V3, and move
the video monitoring icon to V3. Make sure other sequence tracks are turned
off. Now mark another area using in and out points
on V3 above your last clip segment on V2. Load a clip of the police man driving, into
the source window. Then press the overwrite or replace arrow
to edit the clip to the sequence. Navigate back to the project window and place
the picture in picture effect onto the clip segment that’s on V3. Press the effect mode button again to open
up the effect editor window. Then adjust the picture in picture off to
the other side. Now, you’ll notice that police man is driving
the wrong way. To fix the problem, you can nest a filter
into the picture in picture effect. To do this, double click on the clip segment
that’s on V3. This will open something called a nest. Navigate to the project window and look for
the image category. Find the flop effect. Drag the flop effect onto the V 1.2 track
that’s nested within the V3 track. Then double click on the clip segment that’s
on V3 to collapse it. Okay, fantastic!, now you have the basics
of creating a picture in picture with a nested effect.

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