11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2011 10:00 AM by Still Working
nsparnes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm trying to edit a movie and I want most of it to be in split screen, as in looking at 2 different video clips at the same time, shrunk to fit next to each other within the same frame. I can't figure out how to do this, but I know there has to be a way. I have Final Cut Pro version 7.0.2, anyone who knows how to do this please let me know ASAP! THANKS!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Snow Leopard
  • joey848 Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)
    Place one clip on V1, the other above it on V2.
    Double-click the 1st clip to load it into the Viewer. Switch to the Motion tab in the Viewer. Adjust Scale to taste. Click the + symbol in the circle next to Center, then move the clip in the Canvas to where you want it.

    Repeat for the 2nd clip.
  • Eric Bolt Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    You can also turn on the Image+Wireframe in the Canvas and make the size & position changes by dragging (just like you would in Photoshop).

    Message was edited by: Eric Bolt
  • joey848 Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)
    You're right, Eric, that's even easier.
  • Luxuriousz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Eric I also have the same challenge and I did manage to play with the wire frames and for 2 splits is doable but for 3 the challenge starts. Do you know of a free split screen plug-in?

    Thank you!
  • Eric Bolt Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Depending on the aspect ratio of your final show, and how you want to divide up your frames, you'll probably want to start using some masks/mattes to change the area of the incoming footage that you're showing. I don't know of any plug-in that will lay this out for you.
  • Still Working Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried to download the piero.fiorani link you reference below very early this morning - the description looked perfect for what I want to do: take two clips and display them side by side. The data is medical imaging data (which is my field, so I am by no means a professional editor). I have utilized FCP for 6 or 7 years, but I only utilize features necessary to organize the display for teaching (mask patient ID, crop, center, etc). I am now using FCP 6.06.

    The download just gave me a 4KB text message on the desktop. Couldn't find the plug in folder after following directions given and on site. When I attempted to contact the site, Safari gave me a "phishing site" warning. Any suggestions. The description of the plug in looks great if I could get the download and if it is safe.

    Thanks very much for your time.
  • dmanrye Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Go To HDD-->Library-->Application Support-->Final Cut Pro System Support and paste the file into the plugins folder then open up FCP and go to Effects-->Video Filters-->pf and the required plugin is there.
    Hope I Helped
    -Daniel
  • Photo Fred Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am far from being an expert, as evidenced by my post on *HDV Capture* (I can't even capture HDV yet), but when it comes to dividing the screen for multiple images I have found that the most simple solution is using multiple video tracks and putting each video (or picture) in overlaying tracks. Once you have the number of separate views you want to show on one screen go to each individual track and adjust the size and position (in the MOTION tab) to you requirements. The number of divisions is only limited by the number of tracks FCP allows. This is one of my edits and the video is 6 video tracks deep in some places:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J51v9JjDps
    This one is 8 video tracks deep:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl3GLirwv0M&feature=mfuinorder&list=UL
    Mattes and cropping puts a limit on what you can do with the clip. ie: frame, border, outline, shadow since those attributes are based on the full frame of the clip being used.
  • Still Working Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried the two pluggins suggested by Gary Scotland on 01-28-11. The Digital Heaven cost $29.99 US but does the job well (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk). For me, the video tutorial (runs 2 minutes) made it very easy to get started. I used this plugin plus adding the video track referenced by several others (plus Motion controls for one problem clip) and got a nice result in a relatively short time.
  • Still Working Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It did help. Thanks very much. I tried the two pluggins suggested by Gary Scotland on 01-28-11. The Digital Heaven cost $29.99 US but does the job well (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk). For me, the video tutorial (runs 2 minutes) made it very easy to get started. I used this plugin plus adding the video track referenced by several others (plus Motion controls for one problem clip) and got a nice result in a relatively short time.

    Thanks again