Inserting a still image into video footage - how to?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Taustin Powers, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2005
    I have a video scene that has a picture frame hanging on a wall in it. I would like to replace the content of the picture frame with a different image. The camera is not moving, so the frame's position on screen is fixed. The new image would have to be pasted just over that part. (There is movement in the background, so I can't just use a giant still image for the entire shot.)

    Any idea how I could do that? Preferably in iMovie, or another application that I don't need to spend money on? :)
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    In iMovie '09 (but only '09 to my knowledge), you can use the "Freeze Frame" feature. This also works in Final Cut Express.

    Just go to the frame you want to make still, right click and choose "Add Freeze Frame".

  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2005
    Hmm...not sure if that is exactly what I am trying to's tricky to explain.

    I don't want to freeze the entire frame, cause there is movement on the left side of the screen. I just want to have a still image "hovering" over one part of the screen in a fixed position, while the scene is in motion.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2008
    I know how to do it in Final Cut, but not in Imovie. In final cut, you just add a new video layer above your video, put the picture in it, shrink it to the size you want, and then drag it over the picture frame in your layer 1 video.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    You can do picture-in-picture in iMovie 09. There's no reason that you couldn't use a image instead of video footage. Size it up and drag it over the picture you want to cover up.
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2005
    I don't have iLife 09...

    However, I found a way to do it in 08. You can overlay an image while the video is running. By giving that image a transparent background, you can have it cover only part of the screen, with the video running in the background.

    But in another unexpected turn of events, I just ordered Adobe's CS4 Production Premium (Student), which contains Premiere. That should probably do the job! :)
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2008
    Edinburgh, U.K.
    The allure of the Dark Side is strong, indeed . . .

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