What is the easiest way to make a split screen video from 2 ‘merged’ video streams?

July 16, 2013
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Hi all,

I play 2 different instruments, and would like to make a video of me playing both instruments to the same song. Now, I can’t really clone myself, but I can record me playing the first instrument on video, and then during the playback, play the second instrument along with the video while recording.

I would like to do this in a way where I don’t have to merge or synchronize video, but rather – after the second video recording everything is merged, synchronized, and ready to go.

I own a Logitech webcam. One way I’ve thought of trying to do this would be to record the first part, and then during playback, set up a screen capture program that is set to capture both:

  1. The first video playing back, e.g. in VLC media player AND
  2. The Logitech software window that displays what is currently being recorded (the second part).

Has anyone tried this type of thing, and can share whether the above method will work, or can suggest a better way to do it ?

Thanks in advance,
Joe

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  1. MakeUseOf TechGuy
    July 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

    You're trying to concoct a very convoluted solution for which one already exists: record two streams, and use video editing software to sync them. It really isn't that hard, and instead of trying to invent your own terrible way of doing something - hey , why i dont i cross the road backward while standing on my hands!? - you could just use the method that exists.

  2. Hovsep A
    July 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

    why you dont record both of them and then do split screen video?

    Making Split Screen Music Videos
    http://dreidmusicalx.hubpages.com/hub/MakingMusicVideos
    windows movie maker

    Sony Vegas Tutorial - Side By Side Videos aka Split Screen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMU7h5K8VqI

    Sony Vegas Pro 9: How To Make Dual Screens Move
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zMPoWk4ASU&feature=related

    manycam
    http://www.manycam.com/

  3. Tim Brookes
    July 16, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I can see why you'd want the convenience of recording one, playing it back and using screen capture software to create a finished product, but I can't help but feel that quality will suffer as a result. To start with, what are you using to record audio? Is that not a key part of your video?

    I'd recommend recording the two video streams separately. Do you have a backing track to play along to? If so you can record a sound on the track which you can use as a cue point to sync the two - e.g. a clap. This makes it very easy to sync the two videos, provided you know a little bit about video editing.

    I think the best results would be achieved using two separate video streams, as well as two separately recorded audio streams. This method requires you know a bit about video editing, so I'd ask are you're comfortable with that? I will say that video editing isn't as difficult as some would have you believe and it's quite a logical, cathartic process (well, IMO).