How to create a split-screen effect in Corel's VideoStudio X2Pro to VideoStudio 9
DISCLAIMER: OK, this isn't really a disclaimer, but I originally wrote this for VS9 (as you'll notice in the screen shots). And since then the pictures disappeared from the web. So now I've uploaded them to a new location.
If you've ever wanted to try a split-screen effect, now you can with Corel's VideoStudio powerful filters and Mask & Chroma key!
Let's say that you've recorded two videos of yourself, one with you on the left side of the video and one with you on the right side of the video. You've already captured your videos and now you're ready to begin to put them into one video!
Step 1. Switch to Timeline View
Step 2. Insert your "left" video to the Video Track
Step 3. Insert your "right" video to the Overlay Track
Step 4. Right-click your overlay video in the Preview Window
and select Fit to Screen
Step 5. Go to the Gallery
and select Video Filter
and drag-n-drop the Cropping
filter onto your overlay track on the Timeline
Step 6. Select Customize Filter
Step 6a. On the first key frame (it's the little red diamond on the left) make the Width 50% and the Height 100%. You'll notice in the Original
screen that there are some dashed lines showing the amount that has been cropped. You'll also notice a cross-hair in the middle. Click on the cross-hair and move the selection to the right side. You'll now notice that the Preview
screen is now 50% blacked out and the video only shows in the right half.
Step 6b. Select Stationary
. This will keep your selection to the right of the screen.
Step 6c. Click on the right diamond and repeat step 6a for the last keyframe.
Step 6d. Click the Fill color
box and choose a color that's not in your picture, like hot pink. This will become your masking color. Now click OK
Step 7. Select Mask & Chroma key
, then Apply overlay options
Step 7a. Select the eyedropper tool and click on your hot pink overlay color. Voila! Now you'll see both of your videos!
Now you can go back and adjust the size of your Cropping Filter to suit the needs for your video. Just remember to always do it for the first and last key frames.
ONE FINAL TIP
: Your Overlay
track may be a bit brighter, or darker, than the Video
track. Use the Brightness
filter to darken, or lighten, your Overlay
track until the blend looks perfect. If you do this however, you'll need to reselect your Chroma Key with the eyedropper in the Overlay Options
Have fun and let your imagination go!