Dec 29, 2008

"Cloning" Yourself Using Windows Movie Maker

I figured out how to clone myself. No, I don't mean by taking a swab of my DNA, and growing another El Di Pablo from a petri dish or anything. No, I am simply talking about trick photography.

I thought this was pretty cool because I use Windows Movie Maker for editing my Bauer-Power video's, and didn't really think it could do anything this cool. I knew I could do basic video editing with it, which generally suits my purposes, but I never imagined that I could install add-in's to make it do just a little bit more.

To clone yourself, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Film yourself on one side of the camera
  2. Film yourself on the other side of the camera
  3. Make sure not to cross the middle, or the will mess it up
  4. Download the Split Video Plugin from
  5. It's a self extracting exacutable. Double click on it, and extract it to C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX
  6. Open Movie Movie Maker and import your video's from step one and step two.
  7. Drag one video over the other video
  8. Go to Tools > Video Transitions and drag the Split Vertical Soft transition over your clips.
  9. You are done!

I wanted to try it out, so here is the video I made:

Here is the video I watched when I learned how to do this trick:

Now, I did this using Movie Maker on Windows XP Pro. I haven't tried it in Vista yet. I am assuming that it works the same, but I am not sure. If this works in Vista let me know in the comments.

Do you know of any other cool Windows Movie Maker add-ins, tricks or tips? Let me know in the comments!

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