Keep a video running while working on other tasks simultaneously.

  • Play a tutorial video while you work on the example project.
  • Transcribe an interview.
  • Simply enjoy your favorite series while you browse the internet.
Shows a desktop coding along with a video playing in the bottom right corner

Snaps to any corner

After Pipvid is activated, the player windows of both VLC and QuickTime will be magnetized and snap to any corner of any screen attached to your Mac.

Screenshots from Sintel © Blender Foundation

Shows a video running in every corner of the screen

Floats on top

Pipvid will automatically toggle Floats on Top for VLC and QuickTime when activated.

This means that apps will remain underneath your video. Continue doing what you doing while the movie you started remains on screen.

Shows a video floating above a Notes window

Keyboard activated

Add a keyboard shortcut to toggle PiP-mode off and on with the press of a button.

Toggling Picture-in-Picture has never been easier. Consider this scenario:

  1. You're watching a movie in VLC.
  2. An email pops up and you decide to answer it.
  3. You pull VLC out of fullscreen.
  4. Press Pipvid's shortcut to enable pip for VLC.

That's it, VLC now floats over your email client. 👌

Shows Pipvid's preferences screen where you can specify the keyboard shortcut

Enhances QuickTime on macOS Catalina

Pipvid 2 can optionally trigger QuickTime's native Picture-in-Picture mode on macOS Catalina instead of Pipvid's custom implementation.

Animated gif showing Pipvid triggering QuickTime's native PiP mode

Simply resize the window

Besides the keyboard shortcut, you can pull VLC and QuickTime in and out of Picture-in-Picture mode by resizing their player window.

This means you can use VLC and QuickTime like normal when the window takes up a bigger part of the screen and then automatically switch into picture-in-picture mode when you shrink the window down.

Shows Pipvid's preferences screen where you can modify its behavior

Works across spaces

Optionally assign QuickTime and VLC to all your desktops, making sure the window travels with you when you switch spaces.

Note: this is an experimental feature, enable it first in Preferences.

Shows a video running while switching between spaces


  • Snaps the player window to any corner of any screen.
  • Toggle PiP-mode with a keyboard shortcut.
  • Automatically toggles float-on-top.
  • Automatically shows the window on all spaces.
  • Compatible with VLC for its excellent video playback options.
  • Compatible with QuickTime because it's already on your Mac.
  • Triggers QuickTime's native PiP mode on macOS Catalina.