New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
Illustration by John Hersey

Evaluating B-roll


From:

Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

with Jason Osder

Video: Evaluating B-roll

One mantra of editing is show don't tell. And the way we show in a video project is using what's often referred to as B-roll. Now B-roll has become somewhat of a generalized term. Some documentary editors would say, "Oh well those are observational shots," or, "Those are Cinema verite or direct cinema shots," and that's all accurate. But B-roll has come to mean all of the different types of footage that you may use besides the interview to help tell your story with pictures. And that's the way we're using it here.

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
1h 31m Appropriate for all Mar 15, 2012

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

This course shows beginning filmmakers how to make a short documentary from footage they have already shot, and walks them from the editing process in Adobe Premiere Elements through uploading a finished movie to platforms like Vimeo or YouTube. Author and producer Jason Osder explains how the footage was shot along the way, illuminating why particular angles were chosen and how the subject matter influences the editing process. The course also covers trimming, editing to music, and adding a title and graphics, and the final chapters result in a polished, color-corrected movie with properly mixed dialog and music.

Topics include:
  • Importing and evaluating footage
  • Planning the edit
  • Marking and adding clips to the timeline
  • Creating cover shots with video tracks
  • Trimming clips
  • Adding and refining transitions
  • Adding a title and a lower third
  • Incorporating still images
  • Setting audio levels
  • Creating a DVD
  • Posting to YouTube
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jason Osder

Evaluating B-roll

One mantra of editing is show don't tell. And the way we show in a video project is using what's often referred to as B-roll. Now B-roll has become somewhat of a generalized term. Some documentary editors would say, "Oh well those are observational shots," or, "Those are Cinema verite or direct cinema shots," and that's all accurate. But B-roll has come to mean all of the different types of footage that you may use besides the interview to help tell your story with pictures. And that's the way we're using it here.

Just a general term for all of the footage that's not the interview. We've already evaluated our interview, and we've already put all of our B-roll in one folder. Now I want to go into that folder, and I think I'm going to switch back to Icon view so I see a nice, big image. Yup, that's great. In a brief overview I can see even from these thumbnails that I have a nice variety of shots. I can see that I have close-ups, as well as wide shots, and I have shots that look like they're going to cut together pretty well.

I also notice that the clip names are fairly informative, so Glass_Blower_Design, Glass_Blower_Process. Now some of these might not be different from each other, but I have a basic understanding of what to expect in these general shots. My goal, then, is just to look at these shots and augment that information with additional information that will be helpful to me in the editing process. As I look at these shots, I notice that they fall into a few basic types.

I have ones that seem to focus on the process, and I know that by the words but also by the pictures. And then I also have some shots that show my final products, and again, they say Product on them. But then I also have some shots that look kind of like beauty shots to me Like, look at this one. I kind of want to just set that aside because it's pretty, and that's almost a different category to me. You could say its process, or you could say its finished product, but to me it's just beautiful.

So what I want to do is create a few more folders inside B-roll to organize this. We'll call this Process, Finished. My last folder I'm going to call Keepers. And that's just a note to myself, saying I'm setting these aside for later. They're my keepers. They're my special shots.

And then I want to start opening these one by one, and the information that I want to put in there is information about the framing because that's going to be important to me in the editing process. So is it tight, medium, or wide? So I'm going to take a look at these shots. There is the good part there. And once I know what it's about, I'm just going to go into its name, make a little notation of the framing.

So CU for Close-Up. And I want to put this in the right folder. It's going to be easiest to do that in List mode, down into Processed. And one by one I want to look at each of these. I'm not necessarily going to play full- speed. I like to kind of a scrub through. Once I know what it's about, rename, again Close-Up. And that is a finished shot.

I'm going to work through every one of my B-roll pieces, and here's the one that we looked at before. I really like this shot a lot, so we are going to rename it MS for Medium Shot. And this one I'm going to put in Keepers because I like it so much. What's important here are not the exact words or abbreviations that I've used, but that you're using an organizational schema that makes sense to you and is going to make it easy to find the things that you want to edit with later.

Remember, pictures tell the story. For a really good edit you want to use your B-roll in a way that it is showing you what happens in this story, instead of always relying on the interview to tell you.

There are currently no FAQs about Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Notes cannot be added for locked videos.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.