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Cloning is a very cool, very useful, and very practical video effect. I have used the cloning technique countless times in my movies, and have always found it to be successful. This tutorial will walk you through the steps of the cloning technique, and should help to give you a better understanding of how to use it!
This tutorial will cover the effect in Adobe Premier Elements and I will add the tutorial for FX Home Composite Lab Pro For the Premier tutorial, this will be basically the same for other NLEs as well. There will be some variability, but not too much.
-An NLE (editing software)
-An actor/actress/pet [this tutorial uses a dog to show the effect but the same thing can be done with a person.
-A video camera
-A tripod (an absolute must)
Okay, well now that we’ve gathered the materials, I will begin to walk you through the cloning process.
1.You need to find a suitable location to film the effect. Make sure it is in a low traffic area so no one interrupts the shot. For this first time, we will do the effect indoors, although it is very possible for an outside effect.
2.Setting up the camera and tripod. This is the most important step as this needs to be precise. The tiniest camera movement will completely mess the shot up.
3.Get you actor/actress/pet ready for the shot and on screen.
4.Record the video. The best thing to do is to press start and let the camera run until the end of the filming portion of the effect. This is best as you will not accidentally disturb the camera’s position by pressing the record button and will leave the shot steady. (of course, if your camera has a remote control, this is a good alternative option.
5.For this tutorial we moved the subject (the dog) around into 3 different areas of the shot (note: we did not move the camera, just the dog)
6.After the filming is done and you got all the positions you want (again, recorded into 1 scene), press the stop button on the camera.
7.Import the video footage into the NLE (editing software)
The raw footage of our video is available here
8.Drag the video clip into the timeline
9.If you want to, now is a good time to delete the source audio (this can be accomplished by right-clicking the video in the timeline and selecting delete audio
10.Now we want to make the cuts in the video we filmed to make it into 3 different scenes with the dog in a different position in each one. We will also eliminate the un-needed video as well.
Okay, now the trickier part:
1.Drag each of the 3 clips that were made into video 1, video 2, and video 3 sections under the timeline view:
2.Now we need to select clip 1 and cut the video edges off that we don’t need using the crop tool:
Basically, you want to play around with the crop tool to cut the bottom, top, left and right sides of the clips until the three dogs are visible. This is because the video on top hides the one under it which hides the third video under that one. Basically, you are pealing back layers with the crop tool but leaving the edited one visible as well.
3.Repeat the above process for videos 1-3. Be sure the lighting matches in all 3, if not you can adjust it under the image control settings.
Also, make sure the videos line up—if not, the scene will need to be re-filmed as the camera moved.
4.Once the videos line up and all 3 dog clones (or subject clones) are visible, it is time to export the file.
a.You can choose from a variety of files types in premier and basically any other program.
The final video clip of the cloning effect is available here I hope that someone finds the tutorial to be helpful. I know that cloning is one of my favorite effects and thought I could share some of my knowledge with others. I will update the tutorial later with the Composite Lab tutorial on cloning. It should be ready sometime tomorrow or Monday.
P.S. I also wanted to add this link to a video I did a while back with cvloning my dog: cloning/disappearing dog This can be done with making the video layers fade in and out.