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Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Lesson 29 of 37

Adding B-Roll


Creating a Video From Start to Finish

Lesson 29 of 37

Adding B-Roll


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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.


  1. Class Introduction

    In the first lesson, meet your instructor and learn what to expect during the class. Know what's up ahead by pinpointing the goals for this class at each production stage.

  2. Putting Ideas Into Motion

    Start the filmmaking process with an idea. Learn how to flesh out ideas and turn them into successful projects.

  3. Client Profiles

    Video projects come in many different forms, from cinemagraphs and short films to commercials and features. A client profile is a type of video telling a story about a person or business. Learn what's involved in this simple video type as an easy format to get started with.

  4. Choosing Your Subject

    Video projects start with a subject -- but just how do you choose? In this lesson, Victor discusses how to narrow down your ideas to choose the best one.

  5. Scouting Locations

    Part of the planning process is scouting out different locations, an essential part of pre-production. Learn what to look for when scouting out different locations and how to spot good camera angles. Then, work with that information as you prep for shooting.

  6. Researching the Client

    Understanding the client -- and what they are looking for in a video -- sets the stage for a successful video project. Learn how to research your client and the essential pre-production questions to ask.

  7. Choosing Equipment

    You don't need an elaborate amount of gear to shoot video -- Victor goes through the essentials for video, and how that list may change for different products.

  8. Waveforms and Scopes

    Waveform monitors show a visual of the video's exposure. Using waveforms along with vectorscopes can help you get the best results in camera as you shoot. While confusing at first, these tools offer big advantages on set.

  9. Shooting Strategy

    Build a strategy to organize those thoughts from pre-production and create a shooting schedule for the project. Incorporate these factors into a shooting strategy for success.

  10. Interview: Setting Up for Success

    The interview is an essential style for filmmaking. In this lesson, learn how to set up an interview for the best results, including audio suggestions and pitfalls to avoid.

  11. Prepping for the Interview

    Before you head into the interview, have a list of questions -- and practice asking them. Master the essentials for interview prep, including research.

  12. Capturing Audio

    Video and audio go hand-in-hand. Gain tips for capturing the best audio for your video, from dual system sound and setting levels to working with audio gear.

  13. Capturing Room Tone

    By recording the ambient noise in the room, unwanted background noise is easier to edit out. Learn how to capture the room tone and tricks to create better audio by adjusting the room.

  14. Audio Q&A

    Audio is scary stuff -- learn from the most frequently asked questions from students like you.

  15. B-Roll: 3 to 1 ratio

    B-Roll is supporting footage for your video, helping to add interest and fill gaps. In this lesson, learn why B-Roll is important -- and how much you need to shoot.

  16. Planning for B-Roll

    B-Roll should help tell your story -- so what should you capture, especially when the scene doesn't seem so interesting? Find out how to plan for B-Roll and ideas for the most interesting shots.

  17. 5 Rules to Capturing B-roll

    Use these guidelines to capture better B-Roll for your project, from gear tips to determining what's important.

  18. Using B-Roll to Shape an Edit

    B-Roll is secondary footage -- learn how to tackle video editing with B-Roll in mind. Then, jump into editing with Adobe Premiere Pro editing software.

  19. Introduction to Footage Review

    After recording, you may have hours of footage -- how do you decide what goes in and what stays out? Make footage review less daunting by tackling your fears first.

  20. Asset Management

    Organizing footage saves time and helps you get a jump start on that edit -- but the organization doesn't have to be elaborate. Learn how to manage the assets for your film project.

  21. Edit Setup

    Before you edit, preparing helps get the film project off on the right foot. Learn how to prep for editing, from working on audio first to identifying mistakes.

  22. Edit Audio in Adobe Audition

    Victor suggests photographers edit audio first to get the aspect that we're least familiar with out of the way. Build an understanding of audio editing and skills for using Adobe Audition, including eliminating that room noise.

  23. Syncing Your Footage

    Set up for a successful edit by creating "goal posts" and allowing enough time to reach each one. Start working on the edit by laying out the timeline and syncing footage.

  24. Conceptual Storyboarding

    Building a storyboard guides the edit and helps you tell a story, without meandering away from what's important. Create a successful story -- and learn why Victor creates his later in the process -- by working with a storyboard.

  25. Editing Choices

    Video editing is full of choices -- but you can always change your mind. Learn how to get over hurdles and make the best choices for your filmmaking project.

  26. Selecting a Soundtrack

    Soundtracks give your edits a tempo -- but what song should you choose? Victor talks about choosing neutral soundtracks, avoiding songs you already know, understanding copyright, and everything you need to know about soundtracks.

  27. Building the Rough Cut

    Start turning that storyboard into an actual edit by building the rough cut. Learn how to shrink down long footage, decide what to cut and what to trim, and start organizing footage.

  28. Refining the Story

    Take that rough cut and turn it into something less rough. Start moving footage around to match that storyboard. Victor explains the "meat and potatoes of editing" -- going through footage, listening, cutting, and repeating that same process again.

  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.

  30. Rough Cut to Final Cut

    Move from that rough cut to the final cut with an overview of the last stretch of the editing process, including mastering transitions, color edits, and polishing that timeline.

  31. Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve

    Create color-graded videos inside DaVinci Resolve. Learn how to use the software, import and export, and color grade your project.

  32. Three-Way Color Corrector in DaVinci Resolve

    A three-way color corrector allows you to fine-tune RGB values. Walk through the basic color correcting process to correct issues like color cast.

  33. Export from DaVinci Resolve to Adobe Premiere Pro

    With the color correction finished, be sure to export your file properly for a seamless transition back into Premiere Pro.

  34. Add a Title in Adobe Premiere Pro

    Adding text and titles in Premiere Pro is simple. Learn how to add text frames to your video project without leaving Premiere Pro.

  35. Export Project from Adobe Premiere Pro

    Once your edit is finished, it's time to deliver. Learn how to export your project from Premiere Pro.

  36. Adding a Keyframe

    Keyframes are simply markers in the video that signify the start and the end of a change. In this lesson, Victor uses keyframes to adjust the audio of only a small portion of the video.

  37. Creating Multiple Projects from Your Edit

    With the main project done, what else can you build from your material? In this lesson, Victor discusses additional options to add to smaller supplemental projects to your main work.


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