Welcome to another video blog produced by San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications. In this video I’m going to show you how to create a quad split sequence. A quad split is defined as four quadrants of the screen each populated with separate video or, as I call it, picture in picture on steroids. Once the sequence is created, it can be nested into other sequences within your video.
To begin, I have already imported the clips into my project so at this point I will stack one upon the other on the timeline. In this case, my clips are larger than the project settings so I need to right click on each and check the “scale to frame size” box so that they will scale to the project size. If you create your project the same size as the video you shot, you won’t have to do this. Next, I’ll size each video so that they fit into each of the four quadrants. To save time, I have already experimented and I’ve determined that each clip should be scaled to 53%….you will need to make that determination yourself.
To scale the clips, I’ll go to the Effects Controls window and scale accordingly. Now that I’ve scaled each clip to the size I want, it’s time for me to position them in each of four the quadrants. As you can see, they still need some finessing. So, in the Effects Controls panel I’ll use the position settings to do that. The best looking quad split is one that has no blank space between the video clips. There…..the quad split is complete. For me, however, I like to add a little more impact, so in Photoshop, I created a “Quad Split template” that I’ll overlay on the clips to help create a little more separation.
Once I do this, I will need to adjust each clip again so that it fits perfectly within its assigned space. If you would like to know how I created this Quad Split template, see our Photoshop tutorial titled How to Make a Quad Split Template. Okay, there you have it. A quad split sequence that can be nested with other sequences in your video production. This technique is a great way to show more than one clip simultaneously and creating more visual interest. For other BizVid tutorials, please visit our YouTube channel or search our BizVid Communications blog. Thanks for watching.