iMovie (2013): Create a side-by-side clip

Create a side-by-side clip

You can play cropped versions of two clips at the same time, side by side. Additionally, you can select whether the connected clip appears in the left or right side of the frame, and whether the connected clip slides into the frame. If you add a slide-in transition, you can set its duration.

Create a side-by-side clip

  1. Select a clip or range that you want to show side by side with another clip, and drag it above a clip in the timeline.

    When you see the green Add icon (+), release the mouse button.

  2. Click the Adjust button in the toolbar.

    Figure. Adjust button in the toolbar.

    The adjustments bar appears above the viewer.

  3. If the cutaway controls aren’t shown, click the Video Overlay Settings button.

    Figure. Video Overlay settings button in the adjustments bar.
  4. Choose Side by Side from the pop-up menu on the left.

    The side-by-side controls appear above the viewer, and cropped versions of both clips appear side by side in the viewer.

    Figure. Side-by-side controls in the adjustments bar and cropped versions of both clips side by side in the viewer.

    Depending on the length of the side-by-side clip you added, it may extend beyond the clip to which it’s connected (if there’s another clip after the existing clip). To reposition the side-by-side clip, drag it to a different spot within the clip, or to a different clip. You can also drag the ends to lengthen or shorten the side-by-side clip.

  5. To apply the change, click the Apply button Figure.  Apply button. to the right of the side-by-side controls.

Adjust a side-by-side clip

  1. In the timeline, select the side-by-side clip you want to adjust.

  2. Click the Adjust button in the toolbar.

    Figure. Adjust button in the toolbar.

    The adjustments bar appears above the viewer.

  3. If the side-by-side controls aren’t shown, click the Video Overlay Settings button.

    Figure. Video Overlay Settings button in the adjustments bar.
  4. Do either or both of the following:

    • To have the connected clip appear in the left or right side of the frame: Click the Left or Right button.

    • To add a slide-in transition and set its duration: Drag the Slide slider.

      If the transition duration is set to zero, no transition appears.

  5. To apply the changes, click the Apply button Figure. Apply button. to the right of the side-by-side controls.

Published Date: Nov 3, 2013
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