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Making Split Screen Video and Showing several videos simultaneously
  • Massive Split-screen Presets and Layouts Available
  • Enables you to crop, trim, cut, split and combine in a few clicks.
  • Various filter and visual effects to touch up your video.
  • Create Split-screen Effects Video in Several Ways

How to Make Split-Screen Videos [30+ Creative Presets Available]

Sep 11,2019• Proven solutions

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 Filmora9, 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 Filmora9.

Before we get started, check out the video tutorial about some fun ways to make a split screen video in Filmora9. If you have some creative ideas about split screen, share it in the comment below.

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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 Filmora9 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.

add split screen layout to timline

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.

add video to split screen effects

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.

adjust border of 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

Filmora9 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.

split screen video software

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 Filmora9. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a split screen video by overlaying videos.

Tips: If you want to make a video wall effect with the same footage, you can check our guide about How to create video wall effects in Filmora9.

After importing the clips to the Media Library, please follow the steps below:

1 Drag and Drop Video Clips to timeline

Instead of placing the video clips to the same timeline [which will merge these videos into one video], to make a split screen video, you need to place the video clips to different video tracks.

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.

 Add Multiple videos to timeline to make a split screen style video

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 timline and then adjust the positions and scales of the footage in the preview window to taget postions and scale as shown below:

 Filmora9 Making Split Screen without Presets

You can also change the position in Transform option under Editing panel: double click the clip in the timeline to enter the Edit window and drag the rotate or scale slider to adjust.

Make Split Screen : Adjust Transform

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.

Make Split Screen: Apply Masks

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:

 Filmora9 Making Split Screen Change Shape with Image Mask

3 Manage the Audio Sound

You can mute all audios in the video clip and add a 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 video and edit it further.

Detach audio from video Filmora9

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.

Conclusion

The split screen effect can be used to make a video which 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 Filmora9 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: here.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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