Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Building scenes with B-roll, part of Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.
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Once you have laid out your main audio foundation in your scenes, it's time to begin supplementing…video footage to help tell your story.…This supplemental video footage or B-roll serves multiple purposes.…Not only does it enhance your narrative, but it also helps to both cover up and smooth…out the jump cuts and chopped up audio that inevitably results from the construction of your radio edit.…Now you want to make sure that when you use B-roll, it helps set the scene, that it adds…further detail and enhances your story.…
Don't use it to just show exactly what's being said.…This gets monotonous and uninteresting pretty fast.…So try to work to engage the viewer, rather than spoon-feed the viewer.…So I have my radio edit of my Introduction.…This beginning part right here is where BD is talking about this growing, changing, exciting…movement, basically the farm to table movement and then we have a few talking heads at the…farmers market and in restaurants talking about it as well.…So I think I'll probably allow this last part to stay as talking heads, and we want to just…
This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.
- Interpreting a creative brief
- Exploring the documentary postproduction process
- Organizing footage and using searching techniques
- Setting up and using digital transcripts
- Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
- Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
- Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
- Receiving feedback
- Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio