Side by side video is a format where two videos are placed side by side and played simultaneously. It has become very popular recently with the rise of reaction videos, before and after videos, then and now videos, who wore it best videos, collaborative video collages (as seen with the popular TikTok trend), and more.

It can be difficult to perform the simple task of putting videos side by side with industry standard software like iMovie or Adobe, and it’s tough to find the right app to download. In this article I will show you how to easily create your own side by side video online, for any purpose. This tutorial recommends a free online collage maker tool called Kapwing.

Get started immediately by using this side-by-side collage with border template and follow the steps below to learn how to make a side-by-side video.

Step 1: Open Collage Maker

To create a side by side video you can use Kapwing’s collage maker, a free online tool that allows you to place multiple videos side by side.

You can choose one of the side-by-side templates on the collage home page, like this standard side by side template (or the same but square sized), this comparison collage template, this Instagram side-by-side collage with a border, or this side-by-side template for a Story.

Once you click Get Started you will be taken to the Kapwing Studio. You can start with a blank canvas or upload an image/video for a background. Since you’re making a design with multiple photos or videos, I recommend starting with a blank canvas.

Once the canvas loads, you can change the canvas size by clicking one of the buttons under  “Output Size” in the toolbar. You can choose from different social media formats like 9:16 for an Instagram Story, 16:9 for YouTube, or 1:1 for an Instagram post.

Step 2: Upload Videos

Click Upload to insert your first videos. You can upload from your device, drag and drop, or import from another site like Youtube. After you have uploaded your first video, you can upload the second video from the bottom panel.

Step 3: Position Videos Side by Side

Once both videos have been uploaded, position them side by side on the canvas. Move your videos around by clicking and dragging, and resize them by dragging the blue corner dots and choosing fill (to keep video fully visible) or lock the aspect ratio to prevent the dimensions from changing. You can choose to make your videos immediately adjacent or you can put thin borders around each piece of media.

By default, the shorter video will disappear when it finishes playing. You can change the timing of the videos by adjusting the start and end time of each layer in the timeline. To make your videos the same length, duplicate the shorter layer to loop it or shorten the longer video.

Side by side videos in timeline
Video collage in timeline

[OPTIONAL] Step 4: Edit and add labels

Kapwing’s studio also allows you to add text, change the color of the background, put a colored outline in your collage, and add shapes and images. Using the timeline tools, you can cut your video to the desired length and remove any extraneous beginning or ending sections. Options to delete, crop, and duplicate are also available in the right menu.

In the main navigation bar, you can add background music, insert a watermark, search for images, or add text labels to describe/add to your side by side video.

Step 5: Export and Share

When you are happy with your side-by-side video, click the red Export button. After your video processes, you can share the video URL with friends/family/customers/fan base or download the video to publish to social media.

Content made on Kapwing

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final video.

Conclusion

Using Kapwing’s online tools are a great option for creating side by side videos if you want to avoid downloading apps or learning complicated software. Creating video is often harder than it needs to be and we strive to simplify and improve video creation. Also check out other tools on the Kapwing website for a range of video editing options. Please share your side by side videos with us @kapwingapp on Instagram and Twitter!