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How To Make A Double Exposure Video in Premiere Pro


In this video we explore the process of how to make a double exposure effect right inside of Premiere Pro.  It’s a really cool effect, and the best part is that it’s easier to do than you might think. So let’s go over it together!

The first thing you’re going to need to do is shoot your footage.  You’re going to need to have two different kinds of footage.  Your bottom clip, which will be a sort of the canvas that your top clip will be super imposed onto it.  

When shooting your bottom clip, it's important that you have your subject or object surrounded by white, as pure white as you can get if possible. You can do this a variety of different ways, but a couple examples are either by having a white backdrop or by shooting your subject against an overexposed sky.  

In the example we’re working with, I shot against a white wall, but it was far from a best case scenario, with lots of shading differences and distracting texture.  But we’re going to work to see how we can get a usable image out of it.  

Now take your clips into premiere.  Take the clip of your subject and place it on the bottom.  Now take the clip that you want to place on top.  Go to effect controls, opacity settings and choose the blending option Screen.  

And there you go!  The effect is starting to take form.  But you’ll see now why we needed the background to be perfectly white.  It’s because dark elements in your base footage of your subject will more clearly show the elements of your top clip, and anything purely white will just stay white allowing nothing to be shown through.  So now we need to find a way to make our background more bright and white without ruining the look of our subject.

Take your bottom clip of your subject and go to lumetri color options, play around with things like exposure, contrast, even curves and saturation.  We can see that increasing exposure gets rid of the background spill.  Keep playing around with different parameters until you get the look you want.

You can also do the same for the top clip to stylize it until you get the look that you like.  

The rest is totally a matter of preference, but I would make a last suggestion.  This effect tends to have a dreamy and surreal feel to it, so it can help to keep a consistent feel by shooting in a higher frame rate so that you can make it slow motion.

We hope you enjoyed this video. If you have any questions, please ask them below in the comments section. Also, be sure to check out all of our other awesome tutorials. 

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