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Creating a Video From Start to Finish

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Adding B-Roll

Victor Ha

Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Victor Ha

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29. Adding B-Roll
With the shape of the video in place, work in footage from the second camera and B-Roll footage to fix continuity issues or simply add more interest. Develop not just an understanding of the editing software, but a workflow for editing your film project.


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1 Class Introduction Duration:09:31
2 Putting Ideas Into Motion Duration:05:51
3 Client Profiles Duration:25:45
4 Choosing Your Subject Duration:23:06
5 Scouting Locations Duration:28:28
6 Researching the Client Duration:11:44
7 Choosing Equipment Duration:22:21
8 Waveforms and Scopes Duration:12:38
9 Shooting Strategy Duration:14:53
11 Prepping for the Interview Duration:08:28
12 Capturing Audio Duration:18:20
13 Capturing Room Tone Duration:05:00
14 Audio Q&A Duration:23:35
15 B-Roll: 3 to 1 ratio Duration:19:57
16 Planning for B-Roll Duration:09:38
17 5 Rules to Capturing B-roll Duration:08:51
18 Using B-Roll to Shape an Edit Duration:30:27
19 Introduction to Footage Review Duration:06:18
20 Asset Management Duration:10:40
21 Edit Setup Duration:29:28
22 Edit Audio in Adobe Audition Duration:21:56
23 Syncing Your Footage Duration:16:41
24 Conceptual Storyboarding Duration:19:23
25 Editing Choices Duration:10:33
26 Selecting a Soundtrack Duration:25:12
27 Building the Rough Cut Duration:31:13
28 Refining the Story Duration:30:16
29 Adding B-Roll Duration:09:07
30 Rough Cut to Final Cut Duration:18:50
36 Adding a Keyframe Duration:05:44

Lesson Info

Adding B-Roll

We did all of that. We chunked all down those statements, and we got to the point of adding B-roll. Now, we're adding B-roll, now you could see here, now my timeline, now my edits starting to shape up is starting to shape up really, really nicely. I've got my video tracks, I've got my second track, my video in there, I've got my B-roll track kinda laid in, right? Now, I'm kinda giving you guys a freebie here in terms of where I planned to put in B-roll, okay? And as you can see here, remember what I said about B-roll being an accent? Pang, pang, pang. I don't have the whole thing accented, because I've got a couple of things here happening, right? Let's go back to the initial, finalizing my rough. When I started making that rough, what did I do? I just had one camera angle. The truth behind passion is that you can't teach passion. Okay? Now I'm jump cutting, I'm getting a jump cut. You understand it. It's incredible, it's like you think about it, you obsess over it, if you like ...

I've gonna hide that somehow I'm gonna hide that! That's the beauty of two camera! (claps) This is the beauty of two camera, right here! Because I've got two cameras shooting the exact same thing, I've got repetitive junk cuts and here's how I'm gonna get rid of that. I'm just gonna go, 'You know maybe I'll delete this one, maybe I'll use that one, maybe I'll delete that one.' And here we go. The truth behind passion is that you can't teach passion. If you've experienced. You understand it. Hallelujah! It's like you think about it, you obsess over it, if you like it, I loved it. So, it was incredible. My name is Adam Salavery I have a MMA Gym here in the south area of Seattle, WA. When I first started 10 years ago. Okay? So we have those statements, we have that two camera, you've got a bunch of jump cuts I don't need to worry about it in my head 'cause I know I'm backed up, I know I got a second camera there. So now when I'm actually getting ready to start laying in b-roll, I'm just gonna start making decisions here I'm gonna start making decisions. Track 1, track 2, track 1, track 2. So, when I do that, right? When I end up doing that, I'm gonna end up seeing that I've decided, I've made some decisions with my track already in terms of when I'm using and when I'm not. Okay? So, here is very clear when I'm using camera A and camera B and then looks like I've got some B-roll up here. Okay? Does this simplify for you guys a little bit? 'Cause editing is not hard, it's actually easier than photo editing. It's so much easier. 'Cause in photo editing we gotta sit there, zoom in and look at the image of 100% every single ton, make sure it's in focus, right? You're gonna worry about your contrast, your framing, you're gonna crop all the images. Sometimes you've gotta do some lens corrections. You know, all that stuff. And you're worrying so much about the image, you know? And here we're like crafting the story, it's so different. Okay? This is actually fun. Because now you got to make real decisions that really, really, really impact the product. It's cool. Okay? So, before I show you what expires me to lead in the b-roll I just wanna take pause for a second. 'Cause I think this was, this is a lot of fun for me to teach because in my opinion everyone goes to an editing class and they learn the nuts and bolts of editing but they don't learn how to edit, you know? The process behind editing. And that's why I love teaching this class so much because I think for the first time I was able to conceptualize, oh my God, it's so easy for me to go 'Hey, here's how you edit.' You know? This is actually editing, right? So, I really want to make sure that before we leave if I didn't get this clear enough for everyone, I wanna make sure I get that clear because this is why we're here. All of that other stuff, led us to this moment. All that pre-production, all of the capture, all of the pain, all of the mistakes, getting through the mistakes got us to audio and video clips on a timeline, for us to be able then to make choices. Okay? And if we don't understand this, I wanna stay here a little bit longer. Okay? This is why we're here. Because no one taught me this. No one sat me down and said 'Victor, here's how you edit.' Because editing was some mystery, some dark art. Right? That was only known by a small selected few, right? (laughters) And even tho there was no but those small selected few they never shared the knowledge. You know? It was one-editor-to-rule-them-all kinda thing. So, no one sat me down and taught me this. No one sat me down and said 'Hey! Here's a good idea on how you should learn how to edit.' No one sat me down and said 'Here are some examples.' No one sat me down and said 'Here's how you craft a statement.' And I'm doing that because I want you guys to be successful and I want you guys to take the knowledge that I know you have already in the world of photography and take this knowledge and become better than me. That's what I want. Because I am just a tool and a cog in the wheel of your evolution in becoming some great content producers that can use this technique and then apply it to what you do and do something better than me. I want that to happen! Okay? So, a couple tips about b-roll. Once you get to your rough cut being complete b-roll's so easy. 'Cause you've already shot all the B-roll and now your edit in forming what you need. So, for example, I'm gonna turn off my b-roll track really quickly. And we're gonna go to a part here. From different places and when we first started the clientele came because we had a very good MMA program, it was very competitive, lots of fighters. But then little by little... Okay, it's about their history, it's about what they do, that kinds of stuff. So, what we're gonna do here is I'm gonna think Okay, gimme a second here, let me just mute something else. I took a shot of their trophies. I'm just gonna mute the entire thing now. I took a shot of their trophies. Do you think that's a good piece of b-roll to pair with the audio? Right? At this point, guys, when you get here it's just fun because you're like 'Oh, I've got so much footage!' You know, it's like 'Oh my God! This is so good!' And yet, here is fun. And I don't need to explain much about b-roll, except for the fact that is gonna be illustrative a lot of the time, okay? So, I'm gonna turn my sound back on here and what we're gonna do is take a look at the b-roll sequences as part of the whole thing. And here we go. Very very much. When you first walk into the gym you might be nervous, you might be nervous, like 'what am I getting into? What is this?' But we take you through the process. (laughters) What is this? You come in here and like anything else it becomes a step-by-step process. You come in here, you put your wrestling shoes on, and you do a little bit of stretching. The coach guides you into a warm up, then teaches you a certain technique and then little by little you start gaining these techniques, and you start wrestling with these techniques. See? This part's easy 'cause we got that. We got that. We spent a lot of time there, you guys saw all the b-rolls. That point is just trying to pick the best shot possible to illustrate what you're trying to do. The hard work was done, the heavy lifting was done. Yeah? Ah! Cool! I'm so happy! You guys have no idea how happy I am right now. Because this This here is why you guys all came. Yeah. All the other stuff is great. But you guys came here for that and it took me, I could not have taught you this without first teaching you all of that, though. Because this would not have mattered then because it would just been statements, and it would have been just a little thing that wouldn't pertained to an overall topic an overall process, okay? So thank you so much, this was the first time I ever gotten to teach it like this and I'm so happy you guys were there.

Class Description


  • Confidently make a movie from start to finish
  • Expand your photography skills to motion pictures
  • Tackle pre-production and post-production essentials
  • Capture video and audio expertly
  • Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro and Audition


Photography and videography have several things in common -- but what about factors like audio and telling a story using video editing? In this filmmaking class designed for photographers, learn how to use the DSLR or mirrorless camera that you already have to capture high-end videos. In this start-to-finish course, you'll master everything from planning to post-production. The goal of the class is to teach anyone how to create a video from start to finish.

Dive into video production from the planning and pre-production phase, where you'll learn how to choose an idea, scope out locations, research the client, and more. Jump into video gear -- and what's really necessary on a low-budget -- and learn the essential filmmaking tips for recording. Discover how to capture excellent audio and tackle those B-Roll shots.

But this filmmaking course doesn't just teach you how to use editing software -- you'll learn the editing process, start to finish, from storyboarding to exporting. Work in Adobe Premiere Pro to perfect your footage and Adobe Audition to fine-tune that audio. Tweak color in DaVinci Resolve. Add soundtracks, titles, and keyframes. Then, finalize and export your project.


  • Photographers eager to add motion pictures to their repertoire
  • Beginner filmmakers
  • Self-taught filmmakers ready for additional insight

SOFTWARE USED: Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve


Previously a photographer, Victor Ha is now a filmmaker. His experience working with both stills and motion pictures helps him guide other photographers through the same process, from photo to video. He's known for his straightforward, practical teaching style that's easy to follow along with.


Cheryl Winkles

You're awesome, I learnt a lot from you, this is like a must-have first course for anyone who wants to step into video or filmmaking world. Highly recommended and thank you a million Victor Ha.

a Creativelive Student

Fantastic course, Victor is one of the finest instructors I have encountered. Great stuff, I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to work in video