There is another method to display a PIP at any time :

  • In the Timeline tab, create another timeline and name it PiP.
  • Go back to the First Show timeline, select the PiP layer and copy (Ctrl+C) / paste (Ctrl+V) it to the PiP timeline.
  • Remove the PiP layer from the First Show timeline.

The PIP can now be launched at any time over First Show timeline, completely independently.

In the previous method, the PiP was cued at a precise point in the timeline and could not be launched at another moment without editing the timeline.

To make it really standalone :

  • Add a Pause command before the beginning of the fade-out on the PiP layer.
  • Add a Stop command at the end of the PiP layer. This will make the header go back to timecode 00:00:00:00 on the PiP timeline.
  • Set the header back to timecode 00:00:00:00.

With this trick we can play the PiP timeline multiple times whenever we want over the First Show timeline.

If you remember, in the previous steps we had a problem with the audio being paused as we cued the PiP. This method also solves this problem as the PiP is now read independently over the main show.

Be careful to set the timecode back to 00:00:00:00 on these “overlay” timelines as if it is located after the Stop command it will just keep running and not reset properly.

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