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3 Ways to Make a Split Screen Video (iMovie/Premiere Pro/Final Cut Pro)

Last Updated: May. 12, 2021

A split screen video is a video with a visible division. Split screen effect are used to illustrate how one thing is related to another or just for entertainment purposes. When used properly, split screen video can be quite interesting and engaging.

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How to create a split screen video? Before getting to the point, you should understand that splitting screen video effect is an advanced feature. To be able to use it, you need some professional video editors, and they can be difficult to catch up with.

Most people turn to iMovie, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro to make a split screen video. Even though they can be unfriendly to some who are new to video editing, we have made all process as easy as possible. Let’s get started!


  • 1. Please be noted that split screen can be attention-grabbing and distracting at the same time. It is not suggested to contain too much information on screen activity.
  • 2. Before getting started, you should write a script and make sure all video clips are ready.

Part 1. How to Make a Split Screen Video via iMovie

Step 1 Launch iMovie on your desktop. Import all video clips to iMovie.

Step 2 Drag one video clip into the timeline. Then drag another one above it.

Step 3 Click the Video Overlay Settings button.

Step 4 Choose Split Screen on the pop-up menu.

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Step 5 Save the change.

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  • You can only add 2 video tracks, which means you can display only 2 videos side by side in iMovie at most. Moreover, You can choose only 2 split screen modes, which are left-right, top-button.

Part 2. How to Make a Split Screen Video via Premiere Pro

Step 1 Import all video clips and create a new sequence.

Import all your videos on Premiere Pro. Use drag and drop feature to put one video clip to the timeline, then place one over top of another. Drag the slider to make two videos the same length.

Step 2 Adjust position in Effects Controls.

Move to the Effect Controls, then find Motion option. Adjust the settings of video position. If you need to get them spread in 50-50 portion, change the number to 960 to 1920.

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Step 3 Crop the videos.

Now, two videos are on the screen, but your video information will not be displayed properly due to the available 50% screen coverage.

Search for Crop on the Effects panel. Drag it to the timeline video and place it on the top of first clip. Use arrow cursor to slide and then place it at your desired postion where you want to crop.

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Step 4 Split screen.

Crop the second video. Preview your work. You can add more than two videos to a single video. Go to All Settings > Fast Adjustment to get the coolest feature.

Depict video: “Make a Split Screen on Premiere Pro

Part 3. How to Make a Split Screen Video via Final Cut Pro

Step 1 Add all video clips to the timeline and place one over another.

Step 2 In the inspector and find the Crop settings.

As for 2 videos, you don’t need to change the aspect ratio. If you are stacking videos more than 2, change video aspect ratio is required. For example, if you are splitting the video into 4, a 2 X 2 grid is needed. Divide the scale by 2. So, you need to change each of your clips scale settings to 50%.

Step 3 Select the transform tool to move the two video clips until you are satisfied with it.

Depict video: “Make a Split Screen on Premiere Pro

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