Clone yourself in your videos

Have you ever wished you could create a double of yourself? With Runway, you can—on video, at least. Quickly generate one, two, or even twenty clones of a subject with Runway’s top-of-the-line AI-powered editing tools. No downloads or expertise required—simply click and clone.

Clone like a pro

Are you looking to have a conversation with yourself in your next soon-to-be-viral TikTok? Or how about a surreal self-chase scene in your new movie? Usually, how the pros make a clone video is either use the split screen effect, create the clone effect with help from a green background, etc. With Runway’s simple cloning feature, you can push the boundaries of digital media and explore infinite possibilities. Our clone effect works well with our other video effects, so step up your music video or social media video.
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How to Use

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Browser UI
Green Screen
Drop your video into the timeline and experience the magic of Green Screen. In just a few clicks, Green Screen goes to work and automatically creates a selection.
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Browser UI
Clone
Once you've generated a mask of yourself, it's time to copy and paste. From here, you can change your position, experiment with layers, and apply effects.
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Export
Choose from a wide range of export options. Customize formatting, download in 4K, or optimize aspect ratio for that picture perfect TikTok.

Benefits

Sophisticated tricks like cloning used to be well-kept industry secrets. Runway busts the door to the studio wide open, allowing you to play with professional-grade editing tools from the comfort of your browser. All double, no trouble. All you have to do is make sure to record a quality second clip for your clone effect.

Let your creativity run wild

Simplified video cloning allows you to make the movie magic you’ve always dreamed of. Turn yourself into an angry mob, have a rap battle with your alter-ego—the sky’s the limit.

Be your own extras

No casting calls needed. Stay within budget by putting yourself in the background of every scene through clone video tools.

Stop wondering, start doing

There’s no need to spend hours learning how to clone yourself in a video—Runway’s artificial intelligence takes care of all the heavy lifting for you.

Why Runway?

Whether you’re making a quick and easy Instagram reel, a music video for your budding YouTube channel, or next summer’s blockbuster action flick, Runway gives you the tools you need to stand out from the crowd. (Even if that crowd is made up of your clones.)

Edit with ease

Your creative work should drive you—not drive you crazy. With powerful, intuitive software at your fingertips, minimize the time you spend in post-production without sacrificing quality. Leave the tedious tasks to our AI tools and enjoy inspiration and ease from everywhere.

Assemble your team

No need to clone yourself in real life to finish your work faster. Runway’s collaborative features allow you to invite creatives from around the world to view and edit your video project together. Connect in real-time on your clips to double, triple, and quadruple your impact.

Say goodbye to limitations

From subtitling and audio editing to cloning and inpainting, Runway lets you do anything you can dream up. Filter, freeze, and animate—the only constraints are in your head.
FAQs
What is cloning in a video?
In video editing, cloning refers to the process of duplicating a subject or object to create the illusion of multiple versions. While it may sound like a niche editing trick, cloning is actually common across visual media. If you’ve ever seen a movie where an actor plays their own twin, you’ve seen an example of cloning.
In fact, cloning yourself in a video is like cloning yourself in real life—minus the ethical questions. When you create a video clone, you can keep it identical to the original, or you can tweak it by adding effects or rotating it.
There are a few different ways to create a video clone. The quickest option—and the one that Runway’s AI uses—is to create a mask of the subject and duplicate it as many times as you want. Making a mask involves selecting the person or thing you want to clone with Runway’s Green Screen magic tool, then separating it from the background. Once you have your separated mask, you can replicate it endlessly to create multiple layers, move it around, resize it, and more.
What is the purpose of cloning in a video?
Cloning has numerous purposes, but they all exist in one of two categories: practical or creative.
From a practical perspective, cloning can save you time and money. Instead of finding two actors that look the same for your twin-based romcom, you can find one actor and clone him in post-production. Instead of hiring thirty extras, you can fill the space behind your main character with a handful of clones. If you need to whip up a conversational video and you’re on your own, you can clone yourself and have a spirited debate. These cloning tricks (and others like them) can help you create a Hollywood-worthy product on a DIY budget.
In terms of creative uses, cloning can drive the plot, introduce psychological intrigue, and create mind-bending effects that, until fairly recently, weren’t possible in video production. With cloning, you can add a shadow figure that stalks your lead actor, build a psychedelic house of mirrors effect, or develop a dystopic sci-fi world—filled with doubles.
When would you clone a subject in a video?
As with most aspects of video editing, there are no rules. You can use cloning anytime you want to enhance a project.
With that said, there are some classic moments where cloning can really help your video stand out. To help you turn that creative spark into a roaring fire, let’s look at a few potential use cases for video cloning:
  • Emphasizing action shots – Imagine a snowboarder nailing a backflip off a 20-foot kicker or a figure skater landing a triple axel. These are incredible athletic feats—and they also go by in the blink of an eye. To make sure a specific moment makes a lasting impression on your audience, you can clone the subject of the video (the mask) and duplicate it several times. The result? Several repeating instances of a jaw-dropping moment.
  • Personifying your conscience – If a character in your film spends a lot of time talking to themselves, you could use a voiceover to let the audience in on these moments. However, for a more visually engaging option, you can try creating a clone of your character. Now, instead of simply speaking with their inner demons, your actor can interact with another version of themselves.
  • Visual interest in advertisements – Cloning can make a scene with a single actor much more compelling. Let’s say you’re making a TV spot for a yogurt company. If you want to show how delicious that blueberry yogurt is, the predictable route would be to have your actor lift a spoonful to their mouth and smile at the camera. For something more memorable, why not create a hundred clones of your yogurt enthusiast the moment the spoon reaches their lips? Now you’re implying that the yogurt isn’t just good; it’s life-changing.
The bottom line is that cloning allows you to subvert your audience’s expectations—and isn’t that the whole point of creating art? Use Runway to play around with cloning and see where it works for you. It’s free and easy, so you can experiment to your heart’s content.
Does cloning cause noticeable glitches or artifacts in a video?
Cloning is a complex process. When you’re working by hand, there’s always the possibility that you’ll create a less-than-perfect rendering. All it can take is a slight slip-up—say you accidentally omit a part of your subject—to make your duplication appear unfinished. There’s also the chance that you clone your subject perfectly, but the footage behind the subject appears glitchy or blurry.
However, when you clone correctly (for example, by using Runway’s foolproof AI-powered cloning tool, you can create seamless duplications that wouldn’t be out of place in a billion-dollar film. In a click or two, Runway automatically creates a mask of your subject, allowing you to clone yourself as often as you want—without the choppy backgrounds or missing parts.
Do I need a green screen to clone myself in a video?
Nope! At least, not if you’re using Runway. While you can use a green screen to facilitate the cloning process, Runway’s smart cloning Green Screen tool can identify and duplicate a subject in your video—regardless of the background. Whether you’re in the heart of downtown, an overgrown forest, or a bone-dry desert, you can clone your subject in a snap.
That being said, you’ll find your best results occur when your background is static. A little movement is okay, but using a tripod to film your scene will ensure that your video clone looks picture-perfect.
Finally, if you wish you had used a green screen, it’s not too late! Runway has a green screen feature built into its all-in-one video editing suite. Whether you want to remove the background or clone your lead actor, if you can dream it—you can do it.
How long does it take to clone yourself in a video?
If you’re wondering how to duplicate yourself in a video without spending days—or weeks—finessing a new technique, rest assured. With Runway, you can create and duplicate a mask in under a minute. Choose a frame where your subject appears clearly, click on them, and watch while Runway’s AI works its magic. In moments, you’ll have the ability to clone yourself, your actors, or a product.
Once you have your mask, you can take your time tweaking, duplicating, and applying the clone throughout your project. Add effects to your clone with a tap, move it to another spot in the frame, or resize it by clicking and dragging. Mastering all of these actions takes only a few seconds, and applying your new knowledge is even quicker.
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