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Whether you're working with photos or videos (or both), you can create a lot of very interesting effects using overlay tracks in VideoStudio Pro X3. One of the things you can do is design a Picture in Picture, or PiP, effect which displays one video playing on the "full screen" while another plays as an insert. This is the same type of effect you see when watching a news program in which the commentator is shown sitting at a desk and recorded footage is shown in a "box" on the same screen.
The technique used to create this effect isn't just restricted to video clips. You can also use photos and other images to make a professional-looking slideshow with overlapping scenes on top of either a photo or video background.
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Creating a Picture in Picture Effect
Step 1: To start off, first decide how many video clips or images you want to overlay. The most typical setup is to only have one picture or video inserted as an overlay to the base full-screen clip, but VideoStudio Pro is capable of creating multiple overlay tracks. By default, only the standard video track and one overlay track are shown on the timeline. However, you can change this by selecting Track Manager from the Settings menu and choosing to display additional overlay tracks. (Click any image for a larger view.)
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Note that you can stagger the clip on the overlay track to start at a different time than the main background clip.
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Step 5: Next, you can add other effects to the clip on the overlay track. Right-click over the clip on the track and choose Open Options Panel. Click on the Attributes tab and you'll find several items you modify if you wish. For instance, you can select an entry and an exit position for the clip so that it appears to "fly" in from one part of the screen and "fly" out another.
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From here, you can add any other effects that you want to use to either the main background clip or the one on the overlay track. It's a good idea to preview the project often as you're adding overlay clips and effects to make sure that the video isn't becoming too "busy" and confusing.