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Are you tired of Picture in Picture Display in iPad – Guide to Disable Video Overlay in iPad


The Picture in Picture video mode on iPad is one of the better multitasking features of the device, but some users can find it to be distracting, and some may find themselves entering into the Picture in Picture (PIP) mode accidentally as well. While it’s easy to close a PiP window to make the video go away, if you don’t use the feature, you can easily disable the persistent video overlay (Picture in Picture) ability in iOS, which will prevent inadvertently accessing it.

4 Step Process to Disable Video Overlay

  1. Open the “Settings” app and go to “General”
  2. Choose “Multitasking”
  3. Flip the switch next to “Persistent Video Overlay” to the OFF (or ON)
  4. Exit Settings and Play Video in Normal Mode

Please note : With Persistent Video Overlay disabled, you will no longer have a Picture in Picture overlay pop-up when you press the Home button while viewing a video on iPad.

Adjust video overlay effects

iMovie lets you add video clips as overlays, which appear on top of the main clip in the timeline. Video overlays can be arranged in the same way as any other video clip. There are three overlay options:

  • Cutaway: Adds the clip so that during playback, the movie “cuts away” from the main clip in the timeline and shows the cutaway clip instead. The audio of the main clip is still heard.

  • Picture-in-picture: Adds the clip so that during playback, the clip appears in a smaller window, superimposed on the main clip in the timeline.

  • Split-screen: Adds the clip so that during playback, the clip appears next to the main clip in the timeline. The two clips appear side by side, equal in size.

Use the viewer controls to adjust how your cutaway, picture-in-picture, or split-screen video clips appear during playback.

  1. With your project open, tap to select the overlay clip in the timeline.

    The overlay clip becomes outlined in yellow, and additional controls appear in the viewer.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • To reposition or resize a picture-in-picture clip in the viewer: Tap the Position Control button , then drag to reposition the overlay clip or pinch to resize it.

    • To set the viewing area within the clip: Tap the Zoom Control button , then pinch to zoom and position the viewing area within the overlay clip.

    • To reset all adjustments: Double-tap the Zoom Control button .

  3. To preview your adjustments, tap the Play button .

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