Picture in Picture


Rated 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)
  • Create a Picture-in-Picture Effect
  • Apply as an Effect in Final Cut Pro X
  • Position and Scale the PIP
  • Add a Drop Shadow
  • Add a Custom Background


How to use the Free Picture in Picture Plugin

After installing, follow these steps to apply the PIP effect in the Final Cut Pro X timeline:

1. Edit video or a generator into the Primary Storyline to be used as the background image. Connect the video you want to use for the PIP image above the clip in the Primary Storyline.


2. With the connected clip selected, press command-5 to reveal the Media Browser and click the effects button on the toolbar. The Picture in Picture effect is located in the Custom category. Double-click the effect to apply it to the connected clip.


With the connected clip still selected, press Command-4 to reveal the Inspector. The parameter controls for altering the effect appear under the gray bar labeled “RT Picture in Picture”.


The PIP can be positioned and scaled anywhere on the screen. The drop shadow and border are enabled by default as indicated by their checkboxes. Both the shadow and border have independent parameter controls. Also, most of the parameters can be keyframed.

About the Author:

Steve Martin and Mark Spencer
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro's introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also a writer, producer and avid photographer.
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Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.
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3 reviews for Picture in Picture

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great Plugin 🙂
    Thank you !!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Francisco H.

    Quick and easy to use!!
    No hassle with installation as well, I like it.

  3. Rated 3 out of 5

    Simon M.

    Found the link from Daniel Bradshaw’s usage video. Thank you for this! Installation was easy!

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