The split screen is showing two or multiple video streams simultaneously by side by side, or in up-down style. It has become a popular technique in creative video creation. You can apply this technique when creating fast paced promotional videos, comparison videos or even to make it look as if you are having a conversation with yourself!
How to make a split screen video? Is it difficult to achieve the effects? Well, there are indeed many split screen video editors available nowadays, but in this article we recommend you to use the video editing software Wondershare Filmora, which offers various animated split screen layouts to create split screen video. With it, you can easily and quickly make a split screen video in merely minutes. In this article, I'll introduce how to make a split screen video in Filmora.
Before we get started, check out the video tutorial about some fun ways to make a split screen video in Filmora. If you have some creative ideas about split screen on windows or mac, share it in the comment below.
Part 1: How to Make a Split Screen Video with Split-Screen Effects
In the latest version, we’ve brought the Split Screen Effect back and made it better with more presets and layouts as well as animated effects. Below are the detailed steps about how to make a split screen video with this split screen video editor.
1 Import the media files
Open Filmora and create a new project for the Split Screen video, and then click "Import" to add your media files to Media Library.
2 Choose a split screen preset
Click the Split Screen button at the top of the screen. Then you can browse and preview different kinds of split screen layouts in the library. Choose your favorite one and drag and drop it onto the timeline. Alternatively, right click on the preset and choose "Apply" to add it to the timeline.
Of course, you can add several split screen effects to the timeline if you need.
3 Add videos to the preset
Double click the split screen preset on the timeline to enter the advanced split screen edit panel. Then drag your videos to each screen in the preview window to arrange a split screen video. Here you can trim the split screen video to adjust the starting timing of each video subclip in the timline, or double click each clip to pan and zoom if necessary. Click OK to save the changes of the split screen video.
You can also tick the "border" option to make the division visible, and then choose the border color to further customize your split screen video.
4 Edit Audio [Optional]
If you play the split screen video in the Preview window, you may hear all the audios from the video clips. In this case, you can mute the audio in the clip by clicking the Volume icon. You can mute one of them or mute them all and then add a new background audio to this split screen video.
5 Save the split screen video
Filmora provides various options for you to save the split screen video. After finishing the project, hit "Export" and save the split video to different formats, upload to YouTube/Vimeo or burn to DVD.
Part 2: How to Create Split Screen Video without Split Screen Effects
Besides the built-in split screen feature which provides several split screen presets, you can also place all your video clips in the position you like to create a split-screen style like video in Filmora. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a split screen video by overlaying videos.
Place the videos in right track and then select the clips in the timeline and then play it in the Preview window to check if there is any unwanted part. To remove the unwanted frames, split the video clip and then cut and remove it.
2 Adjust Position, Resize, and add Mask
With the video overlay feature, you can split the screens in half horizontally or vertically or in any portion that you need. There are several ways to make a unique split screen video: You can click the clip in timeline and then adjust the positions and scales of the footage in the preview window to target positions and scale as shown below:
You can also change the position in the Transform option under the Editing panel: double click the clip in the timeline to enter the Edit window and drag the rotate or scale slider to adjust.
To change the shape of how the split screen video shows, double-click the video in the timeline and then click Effects tab and go to Utility option and you'll find Image Mask and Shape Mask options which will help you to change the split-screen video shape. Select and drag the effect to the video clip in the timeline and the clip shape will change accordingly.
There are several Image Mask presets available, you can double click the clip in timeline and scroll down to Image Mask under Video Effects as shown below:
3 Manage the Audio Sound
You can mute all audios in the video clip and add new background music to match the video. To mute the audio in the split screen video, right click the video in the timeline and select Mute. You can also separate the audio file from the video and edit it further.
After aligning the video and audio files, you can now click Export tab to upload the split screen video to YouTube or save as different video formats.
The split screen effect can be used to make a video that has the same actor appearing in the same scene simultaneously, just looks like people have cloned themselves in the video. As you can see from the above methods that I described, making split screen videos in Filmora is quite easy. You can always empower your story with Filmora video editing solutions. Get inspired by the video tutorial below, don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get more tips and tricks.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.