How To Create A Split Screen Edit in Apple iMovie or Final Cut - [ReelRebel #27]

Uploaded by reelseo on 07.11.2012

Hey I’m Stephen Schweickart with this week’s ReelSEO Reel Rebel and today we’re diving
back into the advanced editing techniques with split screen.
I’m going to assume you’ve already watched our simple editing techniques videos, these
guys right here and you’ve already mastered our first advanced editing technique here.
If you haven’t get outta here! Watch these videos and catch up. It’ll take you like
six minutes.
If you stuck around then great. You’re an editing wizard already and we’re going to
help expand your toolbox with this fun technique called split screen. Or picture in picture.
Or video overlaying. Or any one of a dozen other names for this idea. The main concept
stays the same no matter what you call it--you’re showing two video streams simultaneously.
There’s a lot of reasons to do this. Fast paced promotional videos, comparison videos
do this a lot, and you can even set it up to make it look like you’re having a conversation...with
yourself! Hey Stephen! Hey Stephen! Well that was weird.
For you amateur editors rocking iMovie, here’s a quick step by step to get a split screen
going on your video. First, load the two clips into your iMovie project. Next, go up to iMovie
> Preferences and make sure "Show advanced tools" is checked off. When that's done, take
your first clip, your base clip, and drop it in your timeline then comes the hard part.
Drag your second clip over the first clip, and when you see the little plus sign on your
cursor appear, simply release your mouse button then select Side-by-Side. You'll see your
second clip appear ABOVE your first in the timeline and if you drag your playhead over
that area you'll see the default effect. By double-clicking on that clip you can adjust
the way the clip transitions in and out and then you've got yourself a split screen effect
that's all yours.
But if you’ve got a copy of Final Cut, the process is simple and your options are basically
limitless. Same first step as before, load up your clips to the project. You should have
this under control by now. Then simply stick your base clip on track one, and your overlay
clip on track two, or anywhere above your base clip. Before we move on we need to make
sure you have a particular setting set up the right way. Above the Canvas window, your
output window, there’s a drop down menu with what looks like an unfinished box on
it. Click that and make sure “Image + Wireframe” is selected. This allows you to click on your
clips in the canvas and move them and scale them without have to punch numbers into the
next menu.
This is where your options open up like flood gates. Double click the overlay clip on the
timeline, then in your canvas window and open the motion tab, and go nuts! You can scale
and move your clip from here, but you can also rotate, distort and most importantly
crop your clip. It’s really easy and if you’re a huge editing nerd (which I’m
sure you are) you’re in for quite the party. Just tinker to your hearts content, render
it, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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