There are many ways to clone yourself into a video, and just as many if not more reasons to do so. For starters, it adds an interesting and compelling element instantly boosting the creativity of any video projects you are working on. And, for those of you working on a low budget, it can be credibly cost-efficient to work using chroma key compositing, or picture-in-picture editing, especially when you use Wondershare Filmora.
So, why would you want to clone yourself in a video? For starters, it can add a very fun and creative element to your video helping you captivate your audience and tell your story. When done properly, this fancy little trick can freely add a professional element to your video, and following these easy steps you will be able to do it properly, and have video effects similar to those in Hollywood movies.
Two Ways to Clone Yourself with Wondershare Filmora
There are a few ways of cloning yourself using Wondershare Filmora. However, the ones we will be focusing on are two of the easiest and most popular methods: Chroma Key Compositing (or Green Screening), and Picture-in-Picture editing. With easy to use and intuitive software like Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor), you will be producing creative and fun videos using either these methods in no time.
Chroma Key Compositing (Green Screen)
What is Chroma key compositing? Well, for starters, it is more commonly known as "green screen," and is a special effects/post-production technique used for compositing, or layering to images or video streams together by using their hues (chroma range.)
You see this technique being used often to remove or change the background the subject in a photo or video. It is often used in news broadcasting, film and even video game industries. This method has been in use since the 1930s, and is still one of the top methods used in all sorts of industries.
It is known is a green screen, because the color green is usually used as the backdrop because sensors and digital video cameras are the most sensitive to the color green. This means that a green background produces the cleanest image while needing very little light to illuminate it.Step 1: Set up your green screen
Professional green screens are usually made of fabric or solid material like wood or cardboard painted green. However, DIY green screens are rather easy and cost efficient to make if your project has a tight budget. For example, you can create a green screen using bright fluorescent, or neon green chart paper or poster board, as well as duct tape of the same color to piece them altogether. Make sure that your green screen extends past the wall and on the floor so that the actors can stand on it while they film.Step 2: Shoot your footage
Now that you have your green screen set up, you can begin filming. Ideally in HD quality video, however, any camera that can shoot in .MP4 and .MOV formats will work, including your cell phone. You will need chroma key software such as Movie Maker, or Final Cut, but we recommend Wondershare Filmora because it supports virtually every video format, it is easy to use and seamlessly blend your video with its new background.Step 3: Clone yourself with Wondershare Filmora
Using Filmora, you can now import the green screen footage you shot and insert whatever background clip you want.
1) Open Filmora in Full Feature mode then import your footage into the media library.
2) From there, you can drag your footage into the PIP track menu where you can now make the green elements of your footage transparent, and prepare it for the brand new and exciting background, all done from within Wondershare Filmora's easy to use interface.
3) Move your cursor over to the green screen clip and double click to bring up the settings window, and then hit Advanced there.
4) Enter the Effect tab, check "Make parts of this video transparent", there you can pick a color that you want to be transparent and adjust the intensity level to get the best result you want.
You can check the video tutorial below to learn how to clone yourself by using Green Screen with Filmora:
Another easy and creative way to clone yourself into a video is by using picture-in-picture editing, which can easily be done using Wondershare Filmora.
Using Filmora, your DSLR, point-and-shoot or even just your phone camera you can make a video containing twins, or even triplets of yourself within minutes and have it look clean, crisp and professional without all the hassle that one might think would come along with such a video.
Step 1: Shoot your footage
When you are shooting your footage you will want to make sure you have a stationary background to shoot against, and make sure your camera stays in the same place when capturing all of your video clips.
Next, record your actor's performances making sure to save each "twin" on its own clip, you also want record stationary shot of your scene with no actor in.
Step 2: Import the clips and edit them with Wondershare Filmora
Now you want to import all of this raw footage into Filmora and get cracking on editing your masterpiece.
1) Start with the footage of your actor in the starting position by dragging it to the editing track and cutting out any unwanted portions of the video.
2) Then drag your second clip to the PIP track. You will now want to apply a mask to the footage using the advanced edit options. This mask will block out portions of your second clip so that the first one can be played over it.
3) Now, with a little editing, you've successfully cloned your actor and created an incredibly creative and fun video!
You can check the video tutorial below to learn how to clone yourself by using PIP effect with Filmora:
Not only does Wondershare Filmora offer multiple awesome ways to clone yourself, it also offers some other fantastic features such as rich effects like Mosaic, Tilt-Shift, Face Off to name a few. All of these features can be added to your videos to make them more interesting and enriching.