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Essential tips for shooting B-Roll

This week on Deli Bytes, Ali will be giving us essential tips for shooting B-Roll.

Check out the video above or on YouTube and if you like it, share it! We also summarised the tips below, so have a read if you don’t have time to watch.

Now you’ve probably heard of the term “B-roll” before but what is B-roll?

Well, if you would have considered a talking head like this one A-roll. Then any other footage intercup within that is B-roll.


B-roll is a way of visually telling a story on top of the dialogue. A good B-roll should be creative, dynamic and add texture. But it should not distract the viewer from what the dialogue is.

The best B-roll implements your A-roll footage and should be seamless. Generally, its a good idea to remove any audio from your B-roll and just let the talking head dialogue carry through your shots.


It is especially helpful to have a couple different ideas already in place before shooting any of your B-roll and the best way to do that is to have an idea of what you would what to shoot based on the dialogue.

Factor and location, the people that you are disposing and props. But also be open to any new ideas that might arise when you are there shooting. You’ll never know what you need in the final cut.


While a lot of the B-roll you’ll end up shooting will have a short duration in the final product, it’s a good idea to have long solid takes when you’re shooting.

One of the best things to do is to count slowly to 3 after you’ve decided to cut from a take, as this will help you have enough breathing room even if you’re editing later on.