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Lesson 4. Color and Opacity > Creating a split screen

Creating a split screen

A split screen is one of the effects you can create using the opacity settings in Premiere Pro. A split screen displays a portion of a clip on one part of the screen, and a portion of another clip on the other part of the screen.

Opacity applied to upper clip; split-screen effect

In this exercise, you'll create a split screen that displays half of one clip on the top and half of another clip on the bottom. But first you'll import the first two clips and add them to Sequence 01.

Make sure the CTI is set at zero.

Go to the Timeline and select Sequence 01. Choose Edit > Select All. Then choose Edit > Clear to delete all of the clips from Sequence 01 before you start this exercise.

With Bin 01 active in the Project window, choose File > Import. Navigate to the 04Lesson folder and click OK.

While holding down the Control key, select Split1.avi and Split2.avi and click Open.

Drag Split1.avi from the Bin area in the Project window to the Video 1 track, placing its In point at the very beginning of the Timeline.

Preview the first clip before applying opacity.

Drag Split2.avi from the Bin area in the Project window to the Video 2 track, aligning it at the very beginning of the Timeline as well.

Scrub through the Timeline ruler to preview both clips before applying opacity.

Notice that only Split2.avi appears in the Program view in the Monitor window. Without opacity, nothing below this clip displays.

You cannot apply opacity to a clip in the Video 1 track, so you'll apply it to Split2.avi in the Video 2 track. Because Split1.avi is located directly below Split2.avi, after you apply opacity to Split2.avi, Split1.avi will reappear.

Select Split2.avi in the Timeline and then go to the Effect Controls window.

Click the triangle to the left of the Motion settings to reveal the settings.

When you create a split screen, you don't use an opacity key type; instead, you adjust aspects of the clip, such as position, height, and width.

In the Position area, type 470 for the Vertical position (the right-hand set of numbers in the Position field) or drag the slider to 470.

You can see the effect of the split screen in the Program view.

Now you can see Split2.avi in the bottom half of the Program view and Split1.avi in the top half.


You can create vertical, horizontal, or diagonal split screens by adjusting rotation, position, and other fields of the clip appropriately.

Use Real-Time playback or render-scrub to preview the split screen.

Save the project.

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