Video editing can be both simple and complex. It all depends on the kind of footage you have to work with. The more complex a video edit is, the more advanced and feature rich an app you’ll need to edit it. That said, if you want to make a picture-in-picture video, you’ll find that most solutions require a paid app. There are some feature rich video editors out there that are free and can create a picture in picture video but they’er a bit complicated to use. We recommend going with Davinci. It doesn’t exactly offer a super intuitive interface so we’ll walk you through the process.
Download and install Davinci.
Need to crop videos? Try Handbrake.
Open Davinci and create a new project. Drag and drop the video files you want to use in the video on to Davinci.
You should know which video is going to be the main video, and which will appear as a small thumbnail with-in that video. Drag & drop the main video on to the area/timeline under the preview frames. Repeat this for the second video. The trick is to add the thumbnail video second. Much like layers, the second video is on ‘top’ of the first one and will be visible over it.
Select the smaller video and at the top right, click the Inspector button. Look under the Transform section in the Inspector. There are two tools you will use to set this video as a picture-in-picture thumbnail.
The first is the Zoom. Since you want the video to be smaller, you will reduce it to less than one. Drag your mouse over it to reduce its value. You can watch the size of the video decrease and as it does, the main video behind it will be revealed. By default, this smaller video will be in the middle. You now need to change where it is positioned over the main video.
Go to the Position tool and drag you mouse over the X and Y fields to move the video.
Once you’re done, it is time to export the video. Look at the very bottom of the timeline, and select ‘Deliver’.
At the top left, select what format you want to export the video to, and when you’re done, click the ‘Add to render queue’ button.
At the far right of the preview window, click Start Render and your video will be exported. It will take time depending on the size of it.
Davinci isn’t a simple app to use but for small things like this, a few simple directions will help you get the job done.