The term B-roll footage or b-reel footage refers to the supplemental footage that is used alongside primary footage, in a supportive role and gives context to the viewers.
From films to tv series, video ads, or even music video clips, every video project can make use of B-roll footage to add further depth to the story.
For example, picture two people being chased and running down a busy road. This is the primary footage. The B-roll, supplemental footage would be people jumping out of their way, or street signs, and even people’s angry faces as they wave their fists.
Types of B-roll Footage
There are several different b-roll footage categories.
- Insert shots
- In film, an insert shot is part of the master shot but filmed from a different angle.
- Establishing shots
- An establishing shot is a shot that sets up the context for the scene ahead. It is designed to inform where the scene is going to take place and explains the relationship between objects, people, and places.
- Pickup shots
- A pickup shot takes place after principal photography and is often used to correct sequence errors or other problems such as missing shots.
How studios create B-roll footage?
Capturing a b-roll is usually done in one of two ways by studios.
One is obviously to shoot the video footage using their crew. It doesn’t need to happen on the same day or even in the same place. Most of the time the alternative footage is shot using a secondary crew.
The easiest and most convenient and cost-effective way though is to get them from a b-roll footage library.
Example of B-roll footage
Ok enough with the explanation. Let’s see some practical examples of B-roll videos.
These are just some examples of the b-roll stock footage that Mixkit offers for free that you can use under our license. If you are interested to find more, head to our free footage library and search for your footage requirement.