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The Best Side-by-Side Video App to Record Your Interviews

Whether you’re hosting a remote interview podcast or you want to publish a screen-sharing presentation, side-by-side videos can be a great tool in your arsenal—and they’re easy to create! 

With today’s technology, it’s possible to create innovative, eye-pleasing interview videos to match whatever creative vision you have. What once used to take special software and a degree can now be accomplished on an iPhone.

In this post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about side-by-side videos, from what they are and how to record them, to the best split-screen video making and editing apps out there.

What Are Split-Screen (Side-by-Side) Videos?

A split-screen, or side-by-side, video is made up of two or more videos placed next to each other and played simultaneously. Video creators use this technique to compare, contrast, or simply show multiple related shots in the same frame for creative or educational purposes.

There are plenty of uses for these kinds of videos. You might see split-screen tech being used to create:

  • Reaction videos
  • Before and after shots
  • Then and now videos
  • Comparisons (“who wore it best?”)
  • Video collages

If you’ve seen the popular TikTok reaction trend where the creator records an image of themselves reacting to another creator’s existing video on the other half of the screen, you’ve seen a side-by-side video.

What Is A Side By Side-Video-App?

As mobile camera and video technology has skyrocketed in both popularity and functionality in recent years, the demand for advanced mobile video tools has increased as well. One such demand is for apps that let creators make video collages and side-by-side videos.

A side-by-side video app is a tool that lets creators use their mobile device to cut, place, arrange, and export split-screen video. 

Some of these apps have simple or precise functionality, while others are more like tiny all-in-one production studios that let you record, edit, and play the video in one place.

How To Record A Side-By-Side Video

The exact steps needed for recording a split-screen video varies depending on the tools you’re using (more on that later). But the basic process can be broken down into three parts:

1. Record and Import Your Videos 

Take a video as you usually would using your favorite recording software. This may be the same software you’re using to edit the clips later, or it may be a different tool.

2. Resize and Arrange the Videos into the Proper Format

Using your video editing tool of choice, play with the two videos so that their size and placement meets your creative vision. This is the step where you make sure both videos fit together well on a single screen.

3. Edit the Audio Track

Visuals aren’t the only component to your video! In the last step, you’ll want to make sure the audio sounds right to you. You’ll probably do one of the following:

  • Play the audio from only one of the videos
  • Mix the audio from both videos in a way that isn’t distracting
  • Select a completely different background music to play over the video collage

The Best Side-by-Side Video Maker App for Recording Podcasts and Interviews on iOS and Android

Below, we’ll take a look at four of the top video apps used for recording and arranging interviews in a side-by-side format.

1. Riverside.fm

Riverside.fm side by side video app studio

Riverside’s video recording software is an all-in-one solution that makes it easy to create studio-quality videos all from your browser. The powerful tool records in 4K resolution and captures all audio locally to each participant’s computer, meaning you won’t be dependent on the speed of your internet connection for the quality of your recording.

Riverside is a great option for split-screen recording. All of your guests can join with one click using their browser, with no need to download or install anything. Once you’re done recording, use Riverside’s Magic Editor to create a split-screen video automatically in HD.

And if you’re looking for ways to record side-by-side videos on the go, we’ve just launched a Riverside.fm mobile app to give your guests a professional recording experience from their iPhones and Androids. 

In fact, Riverside is the first in the world to launch an iOS app that records in HD from your phone while simultaneously uploading to the cloud—meaning that you’ll have the completed files within seconds of finishing your video recording. With the mobile app, your guests can join your studio with a single click and record in HD audio and video from anywhere. 

How to Record and Edit Side-by-Side Videos Using Riverside.fm

It couldn’t be simpler to make an HD split-screen video with Riverside. The Magic Editor feature reduces the time you need to spend in post-production by using automation to streamline the process.

Because the Magic Editor does all the work for you to generate a perfect side-by-side video in full HD, you’ll easily set yourself apart from other content creators—while doing half the work. 

To record and edit side-by-side video using Riverside, simply:

  1. Create a studio and select your preferred settings.
  2. Send an interview link for your guests to join with one click.
  3. Once everyone has entered the studio, hit Record.
  4. After you’re finished recording, access the Magic Editor on the Recordings page of your dashboard. Select Add Media to choose which video file(s) you want to include.
  5. Choose your preferences for the finished product under the Audio and Video tabs. Here, you can select how you want your video cropped, or if you want all background noise removed. 
  6. Add professional details, such as a logo or frame, under the Customize option. 
  7. When you’re ready, choose a name for your file and select the export quality under Export. Your video is ready to be downloaded and/or shared online!

If you want to learn more, check out this YouTube tutorial on creating an HD split screen video using Riverside’s Magic Editor:

2. Zoom: Viewing a Shared Screen in Side-by-Side Mode

Zoom, a staple of pandemic work life, is a popular choice for recording video calls due to its internet connection consistency and good audio quality compared to Skype. It’s also relatively easy to use and very affordable, which makes it appealing to beginners.

However, Zoom does come with several disadvantages that it’s important to be aware of. Because Zoom was designed primarily for video calls, NOT recordings, its software sacrifices audio and video quality in favor of connection speed. Zoom uses compressed audio and video, which means it removes parts of the track to make the file smaller. Zoom recording also depends on a live internet connection, so if your internet speed suffers or the connection drops altogether, the final video file will suffer. 

If you record presentations using Zoom, you can switch to side-by-side mode with a shared screen option. This option is useful for presenters who would like to record both their face and their screen at the same time. 

When in a meeting or webinar, simply click View Options and select Side-by-side mode. From there, you can hover your mouse over the boundary line between screens and adjust the size of each view.

Automatically Entering Side-by-Side Mode in Zoom

If you use Zoom often and want side-by-side view to be your default, simply follow these steps:

1. Sign in to your Zoom desktop app.

2. Click your profile picture, then click Settings.

Zoom settings for side by side screen
(Image source:  Zoom)

3. Click Share Screen.

4.Check the box next to Side-by-Side Mode.

Zoom app settings for side by side video
(Image source: Zoom)

Zoom will now enter side-by-side mode in your app as soon as a meeting participant begins sharing their screen.

3. Skype

Another popular video call tool, Skype is a free way to record video and audio files in the cloud. Many podcasters and content creators use Skype for their remote interviews, since it’s free and easy to use.

However, keep in mind that because Skype was designed primarily for use as a video call tool, not a recording software, there are a few drawbacks to recording content with Skype. Like Zoom, Skype compresses your video and audio files, meaning the end result will be of a lower quality than if you’d used a professional recording software.

If you’re using Skype to record video, you can choose from various participant views—including Grid (or Large grid) view, Speaker view, and even Together mode, which places your participant video feeds into a virtual space to make it look like everyone is in the same room.

Skype recording in a virtual meeting room
(Image source: Skype)

For your purposes, you’ll probably want to use Grid mode. To switch views in Skype, simply select the Call layout button and select the view mode you’d like to use during your video call.

4. Discuss.io and other Corporate-Focused Interview Apps

Not everyone wants to record interviews for publication on podcasts or a YouTube channel. Sometimes, you need to record an interview for internal use, such as recruitment, marketing research, or staff meetings. 

One great option is Discuss.io, a video conferencing tool and smart video platform used for market research, meetings, and video creation. The platform also offers a mobile screen sharing app that was designed primarily for customer conversion campaigns, but can be used by content creators as well.

If you’re creating a side-by-side presentation video, Discuss.io can record the presenter’s face while capturing their mobile device’s screen as well—including letting the audience see where the presenter is tapping on the screen and how they navigate their device in real-time.

discuss.io side by side view
(Image source: Discuss.io)

To use Discuss.io for your split-screen video creation, simply download the app from iTunes, Google Play, or the app store of your choice, enter a secure code to join a presentation, and share your screen with the virtual meeting room to begin the presentation.

There are plenty of corporate-focused SaaS tools out there if your split-screen video needs are less public-facing. Many tools incorporate useful functionality for teams. 

For instance, if you’re looking for video apps to conduct recruitment interviews with a split screen, Interviewer.ai and MyInterview are both top-rated tools that combine smart pre-screening, data-sharing, and video conferencing in one app. 

Side-by-Side Video Editors

Recording video for a side-by-side project is only the first step; you’ll need to compile and edit it into the finished product as well. Let’s look at three video editors to help turn your raw footage into a polished split-screen video fit for publication to your favorite sharing platform.

1. iMovie

If you want to use Apple devices to create side-by-side videos, iMovie is a great choice. It’s a free app that lets users record, edit, and publish their videos all in one place. Even more importantly for our purposes, iMovie supports split-screen options—though its editing functionality is not as advanced as many professional creators require. Professional users often find themselves switching to Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s more advanced editing tool.

To create a split-screen effect in iMovie, simply:

1. Select a portion of a video you’d like to clip. Drag it above a clip in your timeline until you see a green + icon, and then release the mouse button.

iMovie split screen efect
(Image source: Apple)

2. Click the Video Overlay Settings button to show the video overlay controls

Video Overlay Settings button in iMovie's adjustments bar
(Image source: Apple)

3. In the pop-up menu on the left, select Split Screen. The two videos will appear side by side, and the split screen menu will be displayed at the top.

Viewer showing cropped clips appearing side by side, with controls above
(Image source: Apple)

2. Filmora Video Editor

Wondershare Filmora is a highly popular and user-friendly video editing software. You can use Filmora to import audio, video, or pictures and edit and arrange them on a custom timeline. You can also add effects and filters, as well as music and graphics, before sharing your creation to social media or exporting it in all the common video formats.

To create a side-by-side video in Filmora, select the Split Screen tab to choose from several layout templates. Pick the one you want and drag it into the video track on your timeline.

Flimora video app split screen option
(Image source: Filmora)

Double-click the Split Screen effect in the timeline to make edits to it. You can adjust the length of your split screen effect, as well as drag and drop video clips into the split screen window of your choice.

Add Clips to Split Screen in Filmora
(Image source: Filmora)

3. Movavi Video Editor

Movavi is an easy-to-use video creation and editing tool that lets you create videos and clips without an overwhelming number of advanced options. The platform has a minimalistic interface and lets you either import video or record it directly from the app. You can also include transitions, filters, and various video collage elements such as picture-in-picture effects and split-screen videos.

To use Movavi as a split-screen video editor:

1. Upload or create the video footage you’ll be using. 

2. Select one video and drag it above the Timeline to create an Overlay Track above the main Video Track.

iMovie side-by side editing
(Image source: Movavi)

3. Double-click the overlay track to enter editing mode. 

4. Above the Preview window, select Side by side. Select which window (left or right) you want the overlay track to fill.

movavi side by side view
(Image source: Movavi)

Record Podcasts Using Side-by-Side Video Apps

The ability to create a split-screen video opens up a world of creative possibilities. Whether you’re recording a remote video interview, compiling a tutorial or how-to video, or conducting a market research interview video, side-by-side functionality is endlessly useful.

That’s why it’s so important to have recording and editing tools—with key features such as split-screen video—in your arsenal. Riverside.fm is your one-stop software for professional-quality, user-friendly audio and video recording. Start recording for free today! 

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