By superimposing one clip on another, a double exposure video effect offers you a fascinating way of storytelling. With double exposure used in your videos, you can easily create a video montage or a flashback and make your videos look more artistic and cinematic.
So, in this tutorial, we will walk you through how to create a cool double-exposure video online, in Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and CapCut app on your phone. Let’s dive into it now.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
Here is a quick takeaway for creating a double exposure video:
To make a double exposure video, you need to place one video as a video overlay
over another video and change its opacity or blending mode to make the top video layer transparent to create the double exposure video effect.
The double exposure video effect works best for a clip with high contrast. For example, a clip with a darker subject in the foreground with a lighter video background.
How to Create a Double Exposure Video by FlexClip Online
As long you have access to the internet, then using an easy-to-use and feature-packed online video maker offers you a great option to make a double exposure video wherever and whenever you want. The tool that can live up to your expectations is FlexClip, with no software download and experience needed.
Use FlexClip to create a double exposure video online
With FlexClip, you can add a video as a picture in the picture over another video and change its opacity to create double exposure video effects. A bonus is that you have free access to thousands of fully-customizable video templates and royalty-free music and sound effects, and a wide array of user-friendly image and video tools, such as animated texts, dynamic elements, crop masks, image background remover, etc.
Access FlexClip online video editor and upload clips from your PC or directly from your phone for the double exposure video effect.
Upload two clips to FlexClip.
Click the “+” button to add the first clip to the timeline. You may drag its slider inward to trim it or use the split tool to cut it to get the video movement you want.
Add a clip to the timeline and trim or split clips for the rough cut.
Create the double exposure video effect: Click the “picture-in-picture” to add the second clip as a video overlay > adjust its size to fill the gap > lower the opacity to 50 percent to make it see-through.
Add another video as picture-in-picture to create a double exposure video effect.
Refine the double exposure video effect: With the top video layer selected, click the Adjust tool and adjust the contrast, saturation, exposure and color temperature, etc. to enhance the double exposure effect to your heart’s content. You may also add animated texts or free music to heighten the vibes.
Enhance the double exposure video effect by adjusting the details.
So, let’s check out the final double exposure video effect for a romantic video montage.
Double exposure video effect for a romantic montage made by FlexClip
Preview and share: Click the Export button to download the video to your hard drive or directly share it to YouTube or Google Drive, or Dropbox. A clickable link and embed code are also available for your blog or a private share.
How to Create a Double Exposure Video in PhotoShop
Probably, to your great surprise, you may also use Photoshop to create the double exposure video effect and export it as a quality MP4. The secret lies in changing the blending mode of the video layer. Here is how to do it in detail.
Make a double exposure video in Photoshop.
Press Ctrl/CMD+N to create a new document in Photoshop and set the width and height of the canvas that align with the dimension of your footage and click the “Create” button.
Select two footage you wish to use for double exposure video effect and drag and drop them into Photoshop.
Go to Window > scroll down and select “Timeline” > select “Create Video Timeline” > then two clips will be added to the timeline in Photoshop > you can drag the layer of a clip over another as you wish.
Create the double exposure video effect: Change the blending mode of the top video layer to screen or other blending modes that make the top video layer see-through.
Refine the double exposure video effect: Press Ctrl/CMD + L to open the Levels tool > drag the White and Black dots respectively to enhance the contrast of the double exposure video effect.
Drag the slider of two clips inward to trim clips on the timeline and leave only the best video movements you want. Or you can use the Move tool to adjust the position of the layer for the best composition for double exposure video.
Export the double exposure video: Go to File > Export > Render Video > select H.264 format and high quality > hit the Render button. Done.
How to Create Double Exposure Video Effect by Premiere Pro
Another option is to use Adobe Premiere Pro to create a double exposure video effect with more controls of the details. You can combine blending mode and keyframes to make fancy double exposure videos in PR, recommended for experienced video editors.
Create a fancy double exposure video by Premiere Pro.
Drag the first clip on the timeline in Premiere Pro.
Enhance the contrast of the first clip and desaturate it to black and white: Select the first clip > go to Lumetri Color > Curves > drag an S curve to increase the contrast between highlight and shadow of the clip > click Basic Section > low the Blacks and increase the Whites > lower the saturation to make it black and white > lower the Exposure a bit.
Drag the second clip below the first black and white clip on the timeline. Trim the clip to match the length of the top clip.
Create the double exposure effect: With the top video layer selected, go to the Effect Control panel > set the Blend Mode to screen > then the dark part of the top video layer will become transparent. You can scale up the top video layer to increase the size of the see-through area or add keyframes to control the movement of the double exposure video effect.
How to Make a Double Exposure Video in CapCut
If you often use mobile apps to edit clips on your iPhone or Android, then the powerful CapCut app offers you a free option to make decent a double exposure video in clicks away.
Make a double exposure video with CapCut.
Launch the CapCut app and tap New Project and add a video to the timeline.
Tap Canvas and select a color you like, let’s say yellow.
Remove the video background: Tap the video and select Remove Background. So only the subject in the video will be kept.
Adjust the saturation, brightness, and exposure of the video: Tap Adjust > lower the saturation, brightness, and exposure. So, later we can make it transparent when changing the blending mode.
Tap New Project > stock videos > choose a white background > tap Overlay and import the video you just saved.
Tap Chroma Key > move the color picker to green > adjust the intensity and shadow till the subject is cut out.
Tap the video > Adjust > reduce its brightness and saturation.
Create the double exposure video effect: Import another clip＞tap Overlay > adjust its size to match the first video > tap Splice > choose Filter or other blending modes that work best for your video.
Now, It's Your Move
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