# Picture in Picture, a cool feature for the web

Picture-in-Picture made its first appearance on the web in the Safari browser with the release of macOS Sierra in 2016. It made it possible for a user to pop a video out into a small floating window that stays above all others, so that they can keep watching while doing other things. It’s an idea that came from TV.

There are 2 web API, relevant from it. MediaStream (opens new window) and Media Devices (opens new window)

Here is the code that i use from the course 20 Web Projects (opens new window)


Below i left the demo and repo url

html file

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<meta charset="UTF-8">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

<link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" href="/favicon.ico">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/5.13.1/css/all.min.css">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
<title>Picture in Picture</title>

<video src="" id="video" controls height="360" width="640" hidden></video>
<div class="button-container">
<button id="button">START</button>
<script src="script.js"></script>


js file

const videoElement = document.getElementById('video')
const button = document.getElementById('button')

// Prompt to select media stream, pass to video element, then play

async function selectMediaStream() {
try {
const mediaStrem = await navigator.mediaDevices.getDisplayMedia()
videoElement.srcObject = mediaStrem;
videoElement.onloadedmetadata = () => {
} catch (error) {
console.log('Opa hay un error', error)

button.addEventListener('click', async () => {
// Disable button
button.disabled = true
// Start Picture in Picture 
await videoElement.requestPictureInPicture();
// Reset Button
button.disabled = false


// onLoad

css file

@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Barlow&display=swap');

html {
    box-sizing: border-box;

body {
    margin: 0;
    height: 100vh;
    display: flex;
    justify-content: center;
    align-items: center;
    background: #333;

.button-container {
    border: 2px solid black;
    padding: 10px;
    border-radius: 7px;
    box-shadow: inset 0 20px 4px -19px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.7);

button {
    cursor: pointer;
    outline: none;
    width: 120px;
    height: 75px;
    font-family: 'Barlow', sans-serif;
    font-size: 25px;
    color: white;
    text-shadow: 0 2px 5px black;
    background: linear-gradient(to top, #696969, #575757);
    border: 2px solid black;
    box-shadow: inset 0 20px 4px -19px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.4), 0 12px 12px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.3);

button:hover {
    background: linear-gradient(to bottom, #696969, #575757);

button:active {
    transform: translateY(3px);
    box-shadow: 0 6px 6px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.3);

Demo (opens new window)

Repo (opens new window)

Last Updated: 7/15/2020, 2:15:50 PM