A mirrored video clip shows the same video playing next to itself, flipped over the center axis. This symmetric format has become a popular format on Instagram, Twitter, and other social networks. Advertisers, Instagrammers, and influencers alike have embraced the mirrored collage format because of the cool and beautiful effect of blending the action into and away from itself.
The same mirror effect works for photos and GIFs too. A symmetric, mirrored image can attract clicks and likes on social media.
Whether you're making a fashion video, flipping a Snap story, collaging a TikTok video, or adding flare to a travel clip, the mirror technique can make your vertical videos more shareable and compelling. In this article, I'll teach you how to mirror a video using a free online editing website called Kapwing. This tutorial has five steps:
- Upload video to Kapwing Studio
- Set up digital canvas
- Duplicate video and flip
- Publish and share
Here's my example output mirrored video.
Step 1: Upload the video to Kapwing Studio
Head to Kapwing in your browser and click "Start Editing" to open the Studio. Click "Start with a blank" canvas and click the canvas to change the size. The default aspect ratio is square (1:1), but you're able to make changes with the "Output Size" buttons on the right. 16:9 is the best size for YouTub videos and 9:16 works well for Instagram Story, TikTok, and Snapchat videos.
Once you're in the Studio, upload the video clip that you want to mirror. You can drag and drop the video from your computer or upload the video file from your device. If the video you want to mirror is on YouTube, Vimeo, Imgur, or Giphy, you can import it from the URL. You can also click "Google Drive" to import videos directly from your account.
Step 2: Set up digital canvas
After you've uploaded the video you want to flip, drag the video layer to one side of the Kapwing canvas. From the canvas editing panel, creators can add left or right padding to make room for the flipped clip. [You can alternatively use this side by side collage template to put the videos next to each other].
Before duplicating and mirroring the video layer, ensure that it looks like you want the output to look. You can make changes to the layer - crop, adjust, mute, change the speed, or trim it - before flipping it so that the edits are applied to both sides of the mirrored collage.
Step 3: Duplicate video and flip
Use the "Duplicate" tool to copy the video layer and position it next to itself. You can also use the keyboard command Cntl-C, Cntl-V to copy/paste. Drag the video layers so that the edges touch, one next to or on top of the other. Now your mirrored collage is in the right position.
The final step is to flip one of the clips to make it a symmetrical video collage. Select one of the video layers and use the Flip tool in the right-hand panel.
Then, you can watch the mirrored videos play together in the same timeline. You can change the aspect ratio of the canvas or click "Remove padding" to take out any excess padding.
Step 4: Publish and share
After your video preview looks correct, click the "Publish" button to burn your mirrored collage together. Kapwing will process your video and return the file to you as an MP4. You can share the final page with your friends or download the video to publish on social media. Mirrored video collages are especially popular on Tumblr and Instagram.
Thanks for reading! I hope that this article helps you turn your selfie videos into masterpieces with flipping and mirroring. Happy collaging!