How to Create Double Exposure Videos in Just Minutes

This double exposure effect is not only awesome to look at but it's also super easy to pull off.

If you're looking to add a sweet effect to your editorial toolbox, you might want to give double exposure a try. Yeah, I know, double exposure is usually something you associate with photography, but you can definitely do the same thing with video—and if you liked the look with still images, you're going to love the look when they're moving. In this tutorial, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you how to pull off a double exposure video without expensive equipment or special tools. Check it out below:

Okay, so the first thing you're going to need, at least to follow along with this tutorial, is a white background to put your subject in front of. Pike shows you several ways you can do this if you don't have access to an infinity white background and studio lights, including shooting in an open garage on a sunny day or shooting in front of a window, the idea of which is to blow out your shot so everything in the background is white and then adjusting your grade in post.

The second thing you're going to need is some sweet footage to overlay onto the footage of your subject. You can pick literally anything you want: still images, drone shots, explosions, archival footage of a hot dog factory, whatever. Pike suggests choosing something that has a lot of dynamic range, though, so it shows up better in the final product.

You'll also want to think about the clothes your subject is going to wear. Darker colors tend to do better for double exposure videos, so keep that in mind when going over the wardrobe of the shoot.

Now that you've got all the elements, all that's left to do is go through Pike's tutorial and fawn over your friggin' brilliant double exposure video.     

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music video done a while ago:

https://vimeo.com/124335017

July 28, 2018 at 6:06PM

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Arturo Chu
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I love the way you superimposed the girl who was on his mind, on his body. A great metaphor for his desire. Often her head was atop his head— a meeting of the minds, so to speak. She was within him. Nice job.

February 1, 2019 at 4:32PM

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Double Exposure Music Video with the the same technique but we tracked all the footage to make it seem more dynamic:

https://vimeo.com/271068382

August 1, 2018 at 6:38AM, Edited August 1, 6:41AM

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Rick Joaquim
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Awesome... you have done a great job.

August 29, 2018 at 2:52AM

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Sameir Ali
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Thank you :)

February 2, 2019 at 2:35AM

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Rick Joaquim
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Terrific, dynamic footage, well used. Striking video.

February 1, 2019 at 4:29PM

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Thanks a lot...
trying to do this in the next project.

August 29, 2018 at 2:53AM

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Sameir Ali
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Excellent tutorial. Very clear explanation.

February 1, 2019 at 4:23PM

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