Watch: Important Things You Need to Know about Editing B-Roll

If you want to know a little more about b-roll and how to use it in your films and videos, you'll want to check this video out.

Ah, b-roll. It may seem like a bunch of random shots that the second unit is responsible for capturing, but all of that supplementary footage is incredibly important to the overall look and feel of a film. In fact, we talk about it a lot in these parts, especially in terms of how to shoot it, but there is another side of filmmaking that we don't often talk about when it comes to b-roll: post-production. In this video, editor Justin Odisho shows you how to edit and cut away to b-roll footage like a pro. Check it out below:

Odisho shows you how to add b-roll to your timeline in a number of ways. For one, you can place your b-roll footage above your main footage on its own track in the timeline, which doesn't interfere with your main footage's audio. This is good for talking head segments in documentaries, video tutorials, and of course, transitional shots in narrative films.

Another thing you can do is place your b-roll right after your main footage in the timeline. Of course, without the added benefit of audio from your main footage, your b-roll shot is going to be pretty boring to look at, so you'll probably want to add some music or something to make things more interesting.

This is pretty basic stuff as far as editing is concerned, but for those who may be just starting out, these are tips you'll want to know for the next time you have to edit b-roll.     

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I know it is not easy to find new videotutorials every day, but this one is weak.

April 10, 2017 at 6:00AM


Very basic and beginner stuff, but good info for someone just getting started. Good post!

April 10, 2017 at 10:13AM

Caleb Price

This tutorial has been sponsored by: Manfrotto.

April 10, 2017 at 10:29PM

Craig Douglas
Editor/ Videographer

Peter McKinnon shoots the best B-Roll. He roles from slow motion to fast motion.

April 12, 2018 at 2:35PM

Stephen Kawakami
The Boss

Very good for absolute beginners, but "how to edit and cut away to b-roll footage like a pro." cmon, I hope that you're not serious. I like nofilmschool, but you should consider find some real pro collaborators on editing like Tony Zhou, every frame is a painting channel on youtube. This will give an edge to beginners and then they'll edit everything as a pro, not just b roll.

July 29, 2018 at 7:18AM

Redzinald Simek