How to use MacOS Sierra’s Picture-in-Picture(PIP) Mode

Whether you’re browsing the web, typing up a report, scrolling through social media, or doing any number of other tasks on your Mac, you might find it handy (or entertaining) to watch a video while you’re typing and clicking away.
In macOS Sierra, Apple took a page out of the ol’ TV playbook by introducing Picture in Picture (PIP) — a feature that lets you layer a persistent video atop your macOS workspace.

Here’s how MacOS Sierra’s PIP feature works and its current limitations.

The Need for Safari or iTunes –

You need to use Safari or iTunes in order to use PIP, and only certain video players in Safari support it. Vimeo, for example, supports PIP.

When you are playing a video in Vimeo, just click the button on the video player that sits between the AirPlay and full-screen buttons. The video will pop out of Vimeo and play in a PIP window in one of the four corners of your Mac desktop. You’ll see the same PIP button when playing videos in iTunes.

PIP

PIP player –

Sierra’s PIP player can be resized and positioned in any of the four corners of your Mac. It stays on top of other windows, including full-screen apps.
Other sites don’t support Sierra’s PIP player, including Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, though perhaps these sites and others will add support in the future.

When you mouse over the PIP window, three buttons appear: play/pause, close and a button to pop the video back from whence it came, either Safari or iTunes.

The PIP player lacks fast-forward and rewind buttons as well as a slider to scrub the video. So, you need to return to the video’s tab in Safari or page in iTunes for such controls. You also need to keep the tab open in Safari or iTunes open in order for the video to continue playing in the PIP window.

More Insight –

Picture-In-Picture Mode is being Tested by Netflix

How to use the Picture-in-picture mode(PIP) – (Safari)

  1. Open a video in Safari that’s compatible with Picture in Picture, like this video testing the new iPhones’ resilience.
  2. Click to play the video.
  3. Find and click the Picture in Picture button (looks like two rectangles with a diagonal arrow between them). The video should pop out and move to a corner of your screen.
  4. You can control playback within the Picture in Picture window by clicking the Play and Pause button.
  5. You can toggle Picture in Picture mode by clicking the Picture in Picture button again, or by clicking the X in the top, left corner of the Picture in Picture button.
  6. Also, you can resize the Picture in Picture window by clicking and dragging on a corner of the window.
  7. You can move the Picture in Picture window to different corners of your screenby clicking on it and moving it (like you would any window).

How to use the Picture-in-picture(PIP) mode – (Safari)

  1. Open a video in iTunes.
  2. Click to play the video.
  3. Find and click the Picture in Picture button (looks like two rectangles with a diagonal arrow between them). The video should pop out and move to a corner of your screen.
  4. You can control playback within the Picture in Picture window by clicking the Play and Pause button.
  5. You can toggle Picture in Picture mode by clicking the Picture in Picture button again, or by clicking the X in the top, left corner of the Picture in Picture button.
  6. Also you can resize the Picture in Picture window by clicking and dragging on a corner of the window.
  7. You can move the Picture in Picture window to different corners of your screen by clicking on it and moving it (like you would any window).

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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