B-Roll

Definition

The term B-Roll is used to describe secondary footage used in a production. Often used to cover edits, add visual interest to a primary shot, or to establish or inform a scene’s location, b-roll is a fairly generic term that can be applied to any creative asset that might appear in your program in place of the primary shot for any duration. In the world of corporate video, B-roll can mean camera-based footage, motion graphics, screen capture, static images, or any number of other shots.

For example, if you’re watching an interview with a zookeeper, and see occasional shots of the animals being spoken about, the animal shots are b-roll.

Usage

“We’re just going to grab some quick b-roll as long as we’re here…”

Synonyms

Secondary Shots, Scenery, Alternate Clips

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