how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

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how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by jimallyn » Sat May 19, 2018 4:38 am

Some televisions have a "picture-in-picture" feature, where you can have most of the screen taken up by one channel, and use a corner of the screen to show what's on another channel. I would like to do something like that on my computer. I often have music from Youtube playing while doing other things on the computer. Suppose I'm writing a document in LibreOffice, enjoying the music, and suddenly there's a blistering guitar solo I'd like to watch. I'd like to have that Youtube video playing in a corner of the screen so all I have to do is glance up at the corner of the screen to see it. It would also be nice to be able to swap the two pictures, and make the video in the corner of the screen take up most of the screen and put the other application up in the corner. Maybe switch by clicking on the small corner image? There must be some way to do this, but I have no idea what it would be. Ideas?
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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by Marziano » Sat May 19, 2018 5:28 am

If you don't mind using Opera browser, it has a video pop-out functionality you might want to have a look at.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEwdu2F_Rdw
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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by Flemur » Sat May 19, 2018 1:59 pm

The solution is to glue two computers together, or glue an iPhone onto your regular monitor:
https://xkcd.com/1988/
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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by Neil Edmond » Sat May 19, 2018 2:54 pm

Don't most media players have an "always on top" setting? I know I've used my PC TV tuner that way...have the display in a small window that is always on top of whatever app I"m working with.

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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by MrEen » Sat May 19, 2018 3:45 pm

Neil Edmond wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 2:54 pm
Don't most media players have an "always on top" setting? I know I've used my PC TV tuner that way...have the display in a small window that is always on top of whatever app I"m working with.
In Xfce (not sure about others) right clicking in the titlebar of any window gives me that option. Of course, there's no way to "flip" the windows with this.

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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by trytip » Sat May 19, 2018 4:12 pm

this all depends on your graphic setup. most window managers have sticky window if you want to go that way or with nvidia you can make extended desktop if you use 2 monitor. you can tear out a chrome tab and then zoom out (max is 25%). but picture in picture needs it's own software like https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/05/flo ... -extension

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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by Flemur » Sat May 19, 2018 4:15 pm

MrEen wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 3:45 pm
In Xfce (not sure about others) right clicking in the titlebar of any window gives me that option.
Same with fluxbox.
Of course, there's no way to "flip" the windows with this.
Raise one, lower the other [Edit: not even that...], and resize, maybe all with "xdotool" - which should work for all DEs..?:

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xdotool windowsize $(xdotool search --name "Mousepad" | tail -1) 400 400
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https://askubuntu.com/questions/441501/ ... ly-in-xfce
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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by Redact » Sat May 19, 2018 5:07 pm

MrEen wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 3:45 pm
In Xfce (not sure about others) right clicking in the titlebar of any window gives me that option. Of course, there's no way to "flip" the windows with this.
Thanks for the tip, MrEen. Never knew that!

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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by jimallyn » Sat May 19, 2018 6:54 pm

Thanks for the tips! I will give them a try. Except if I was going to glue a phone to my monitor, it would not be an Apple phone, it would be an Android device.
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Re: how to do "picture-in-picture" in Mint?

Post by smurphos » Sat May 19, 2018 11:41 pm

Flemur wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 4:15 pm
MrEen wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 3:45 pm
In Xfce (not sure about others) right clicking in the titlebar of any window gives me that option.
Same with fluxbox.
On Cinnamon 'always on top' is available from the titlebar menu button for all windows...

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