Final Cut Pro Special Effects – Screen Splitter 2

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Screen Splitter 2 is an effect plugin for Final Cut Pro X which allows users to easily play multiple videos at the same time. It’s easy to configure and manipulate with only a few clicks.


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Hello Everyone and welcome to the class. David A. Cox here with Tech Talk America.Com. Today we’re going over Screen Splitter two for Final Cut Pro. Now please, I apologize in advance if my voice sounds maybe a little bit funky. I am battling a bit of a cold. It’s that time of year where, well, everyone here gets sick. So, if you have already started, playing with Final Cut Pro, and hopefully you’ve already taken our class, it’s actually one of our top classes. If you haven’t taken that, I’d probably stop at this point and go take that tutorial first. I’ll create a link and put it for you in the description of the video. Once you start getting more and more comfortable with Final Cut Pro, you can start to add in special effects and Screen Splitter Two is certainly one of my favorites. If you don’t have it yet, I will again give you a link to where you can go to download it in the description of this video.

Now, once you’ve downloaded it, this is basically what it looks like. They do give you a little RTF guide, but I find, personally video tutorials to be a little bit easier. It’s this file right here. You’re just going to double click on it and just follow the instructions. Make sure you do not have Final Cut Pro open when you install this plug in, okay. So, what this is going to basically do I will show you right now. It is going to allow you to have multiple video files playing at the same time. I find this to be especially cool if you sync those clips to the beat of the music. You’ll see what I mean in just a moment. In fact, let’s do it right now.

So, this is something I kind of whipped up for you. The music that I have here is copyright free music. If you ever need a resource for decent quality copyright free music, I’m going to give you a link to that as well. You’ll find that in the description. So, let me just kind of show you what I was able to whip up here in just a matter of a couple of minutes. So, here we go.


You get the idea. So, it’s a pretty cool way that you can have multiple images playing at the same time and really any pattern. I mean, the fact that I have three little videos and one that’s extra wide. There’s a million different combinations you could do to accomplish this. So, I want to kind of reset this so that I can show you how I made this all happen. It’s actually pretty easy. There’s definitely a little bit of playing that you have to do in order to find the right combo. I’m not especially talented when it comes to spatially figuring out ‘okay this window takes up that much space, etc.’ You’ll kind of see what I mean as I go through this.

So, once you’ve installed the plug in into to Final Cut Pro it’s going to show here. This is the effects browser. This little icon right here. You’ll notice that in my little scroll-bar here it says ‘My FCP effects’  and these are broken down into three different categories.  We have Screen Splitter Two with a black border, we have Screen Splitter Two with no border and eventually further down we have a white border. These come in all different shapes. It kind of gives a little bit of, you know, a preview of what it’s ultimately look like. Now, in my opinion, I really like it so that the entire screen is ultimately video. I don’t like to have a lot of gaps in there. So, this is where it can definitely take a little bit of playing. You might want to consider even sketching this out on paper just so that you can have an idea of your layout. You can rearrange shots. If you need to kind of crop it to focus on a specific area, I’ll be sure to touch on how to do that as well. So, let’s do it. Let’s kind of go over how to make this happen. What I would do…so, you have to layer your footage on top of each other. The order does not actually matter. When you’re applying the effects though, you do typically want to start with the top, okay, and then go to the bottom.

So, let’s start with this one right here, okay. I’m going to use this shot. I’m going to just…let’s just do…I’m going to keep it relatively simple. I’m going to probably actually just recreate something similar to what you just saw a moment ago. So, I’m just going to use this little border right here. You’ll see this is a thirty-three high by one-hundred wide. If you ever forget which one it is, I’ll show you how to go back and find out. All you’re going to do is drag it and drop it on top of your clip, okay. So now it’s kind of bleeding through and you can see the clip that’s just beneath it which is this clip right here. Don’t worry so much just yet about the order of everything. For now, we just kind of apply the effects. So, what I’m going to do now is for this next clip let me kind of mix it up a little bit. I think I’ll do this fifty high by sixty-six wide and once again I’m going to just drag it and drop it. Now, because I’m getting closer to the end here and kind of figuring out where everything’s going to go, at this point I am actually going to start to arrange these shots. Just the beginning part because this last shot, the boat, that you see in the background there is going to go kind of into this corner up here and I want make sure it’s the right size to fit correctly. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to click on the first clip which is this one, the wide image you see here. Over here, okay, in our inspector for settings, you can see right here we have the information. It says position and what’s cool about this is it will automatically snap to the different locations where this can show up. So, in this case, I’m going to do something towards the bottom. It looks like I probably, in retrospect, look here, I probably should have done something a little bit taller here or a little bit taller here. So maybe I’ll switch it up. Sometimes it’s actually good to make mistakes because you can all learn from my mistakes. So, it looks like I probably should have done fifty high and one hundred wide instead of what I did. So, what I’m going to do here to remove it is just click on this little bar right here. Okay, see that right there? Just hit the delete key. Boom. Effect is wiped out. Now take the correct effect and drag it and drop it back. You can see now ‘ah, okay’ now it’s going to look a little bit better.

Now I have to apply my effect for that final shot. Now I usually just kind of eyeball it, but let’s scroll up here and see if we can find approximately the right dimensions. I’m going to go with maybe fifty high and thirty-three wide. Let’s see if I’m right. Drag and drop. What it’s doing is it’s kind of arranging the shot so it’s kind of somewhere other than where it should be. Hey, there it is. It’s kind of cool, right? So, let me show you a couple of the other little things here. So, you can see here we do have an option to have the border or no border. You can see when I do that for that top left quadrant it kind of emphasizes it there. Border width, you can choose how thick or wide you want that to be. The color, if you don’t want it to be white or black you can make it any color, okay. Inside scale, this is just basically like how far zoomed in it’s going to be. Inside position, this part can be a little bit tricky because you have to use XY coordinates. So, what you have to do is really just kind of experiment. It’s either going to be positive or negative. So, like, let’s say I want this boat. It’s kind of a little bit off-centered here. So, in that case, if I remember correctly and I was horrible at math as a kid, let’s see…nope, wrong direction. Okay, we wanted Y or X rather. So, I’m just going to type in a small number and see if the shot kind of changes itself. Fifteen was a little too much. Let’s try ten. Closer. Eight. Okay, there we go. It looks pretty decent there. That right there is kind of…isn’t that incredible how simple it is?

A couple of the other things we have here; you can rotate the image within its little box here if you want to make everyone nauseous and ill. Identify color, okay, this is just to help you kind of see…Look here there’s a little box for identify and say ‘okay this is what box we’re working on right now.’ Something you’d only click on quickly.  Then, warning layer right here, okay. I’ve never really needed to use it. That right there is how you use Screen Splitter Two. So, if I’m kind of dealing with this shot here…Like, if you look…See this shot here, it’s not looking quite so hot. The action is going on a little bit further north. So, I just, once again, I click on that clip down here so that it’s highlighted. Go to inside position and with that we are dealing with Y axis and let’s try doing twenty-five. Nope, wrong direction. Sorry, negative twenty-five. Hey, pretty cool, right? So that is Screen Splitter Two. It’s really easy to use. Part of it is just really playing with it. All of these tools are really all that you need to get moving with it.

So, again if you don’t have it yet you’ll find a link to it in the description of the video. Leave us some feedback in the comments section below.

This is David A. Cox with Tech Talk America. Class dismissed.