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Create epic cinematic B-Roll to improve your videos

teacher avatar Alex Sofonea, Filmmaker & Full-Stack Developer

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. What is B Roll

    • 3. Designing the set

    • 4. Lighting

    • 5. Camera

    • 6. Editing & Sounddesign

    • 7. A Roll & B Roll together

    • 8. Outro

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About This Class

These nice, epic & cinematic product videos are sometimes really hard to create, so in this class, we are going to see how to create these nice videos. We're going to design a set, light it up, get nice smooth shots and edit them together.

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Alex Sofonea

Filmmaker & Full-Stack Developer


Hi, I'm Alex and I'm a filmmaker & full-stack developer. I'm passionate about filmmaking, cinematography, VFX, and anything that is part of the filmmaking industry, web development & design, and I also want to teach that. So here you will find classes about Cinematography, Lighting, Video editing & Effects, film production, and design. 


Since I started, I searched a lot for tutorials, but all of them were long and boring. I want to change that. Here you will find short classes which invite you to practice everything that you have learned. You will also find quizzes at the end of every class! I will not bore you with theory because I learned from my own experience that, without practice, you will not learn anything.


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1. Intro: Bureau, this national community into a gorgeous video together with music and sound effects perfectly for social media. And all. My name is Alex, a phone and I'm a filmmaker. And these glands we are going to see what is actually Buren, how to create the Bureau ADT and also how to coordinate it with other staff into your video. So join me and let's learn together to create beautiful and they're big Bureau. 2. What is B Roll: Hello, I'm glad you joined my place. In the fourth lesson, we are going to talk about what the Bureau actually is. First of all, in your edit, there are two main tricks, the arrow and the Bureau. This are normally found in to talking head shots like this. The arrow is the sharper. The character is speaking about sampling. And the bureau is the footage that is shown about the thing the person is talking about? Well, let's say I'm talking about how to film something so I can shut off me filming or me anything. This makes you understand much more easier about what I'm talking. But this is the basic Bureau. Let's get data and more advanced with some transitions may be cool camera movement and of course, sound design. 3. Designing the set: By 40 we should any bureau we need to design a set like in I've seen off a film. We need that. He said again in the bureau, we need the same thing when we design be wrong. This means to show an object. And how can we show an object better than do show its functionalities? Let's see an example, a book. How can we emphasized what the book does? Well, the book is there to be read so we can show the words, the letters, sentences, and so on. This is how to create Bureau. Mother savings also say something, we read the book but where can we read the book? On the buses street in the car? No, we read a home, maybe they office. So that's why in this particular shot I chose a clean this. So there should be something or somewhere where the object should be a paper. Where do we use a paper where we eat it, but where we prepare it well in the kitchen. So again, the set could be something that kitchen. But not always. We need to have a particular set. Just look at some commercials. They have some color backgrounds. So again, these are also sets. But depending on what you want to tell with your biro, you want to present a product, then you can use colored backgrounds. You want to showcase what it does. Then you should also show the location where you would use that object. 4. Lighting: Now let's talk about something there is the lighting. Well also in B-roll or product videos, we need to align that by scene, like if the product will be a human, we need to add a key light a small object or maybe a object that is not. So with texturize, it doesn't require also in Bakelite feel light and so on. It you just need to light up. But this doesn't mean that you shouldn't create depth. It doesn't mean that you need to light up the set flip. But if it's just a small object where you can see their shadows too good because it doesn't have too much texture, then you can add just one live. It doesn't make sense to add more lives because the shadows to make, to create debt will not be visible. So depending on how big and how texture your object is, you can add more or less lightning. But don't forget, this doesn't mean that you can create that like playing around with colors, maybe background blur and so on. 5. Camera: And now it's time to talk about the camera. Well, when you're showing B-roll, then you have a lot of freedom with your camera. You can make close-ups. Why charts? You can play around with background blur and with movement. First, let's start with a framing. And you can have wide shot, a close up, and so on of just one single object. It will create different perspectives for the viewer and can understand much more easier which type of object it is. But the most important part with framing is also close up. If you buy something you will not come too close. And this is a really important part into B-roll because it will create a different perspective for the viewer. Now, let's talk about the movement. Well, the movement is one of the most important part nave Bureau. Normally, if you search online for B-roll, you will find these nice sharp with lots of transitions, but how we can create it? Well by any movement. If you don't add movement in here, just a static shot. You can't make anything with your biro. My favorite types of B-roll are these really close our shots of some object. It creates a complete new perspective and ending also movement. We can just throw the entire object just on. A close-up. Movements should be first or maybe slow depending on the music, sound design and so on which we are going to cover later in this class. But the viewer should have enough time to recognize in the shot which object deities. If I would wave with a camera around the logic, there will be too much motion blur and you can recognize it. But if I would make a slow, sharp, and only when I start feeling more and more and the music gets faster and faster only then we can also cut faster and faster, or maybe move the camera faster. What the hell he commanded to you to do when you are arriving movement is to put your gimble on a tripod. Well, many Gimbels headway on the phone with which you can control them. A gimbal has much more precise or movement than a human with a tripod, even if you have a precise video tripods head which is move slowly, but the gimbal is always much more precise than you. Also with a gimbal, there is one more advantage that you can program the movement. Let's say you want to create this as the same shot over and over again. You want to have the, the hands free to move something, let's say like bees in shadow cut the paper. 6. Editing & Sounddesign: Now let's talk about editing and sound design. You have your shots, you import them in Premier Pro or which other editing software you use, and it's time to edit them together. First of all, let's search for the music. If you have chosen your music perfectly, you will edit your video according to the music. But if you first editor window and only then adopt the music to the video, then you will not have the same result. When you choose your music, you should find one which has a lot of beads to have a place where you should cut on the beat, to have some freedom to make the music slower, faster, and also the most important part to grow attention, some parts should be slower. Some partial defense there. Because in some parts you need to have a slow cutting, great. And in some other path to crack to get faster. The music is one of the most important show is, is because these you should make before you start editing your video. If the music is wrong also, the video could be wrong because it will not be any more. Cut it to the beat, and so on. But there's one more thing about sound design and everything together. What many minutes do is they put the music on their trek and eaten their music and their seat. But there is one more step ending sound design. If it is much more natural to here also what it happens in the shot. Let's say I cut up. I will play the music at full potential, but it will not be anymore so cinematic if the music wouldn't play it at its full power, and also add some sound effects like the sum of cutting the paper, it will create again, a much more symmetric bureau because the viewer will understand much more fast and not just by seeing the paper cut, but also by hearing that the paper was cut it, and don't forget that the sound is half of the viewing experience. So don't put the music on its full power and pull. Those are sound is an API is the most important thing which separates beginners from professionals when it comes to beer. 7. A Roll & B Roll together: Now you have your video editing. If you have sound effects, a perfect music, you can post it on social media. But what if you have also a road? Well, a whole is like in this shot. I have me talking and I can have Bureau on top of the sharper I'm talking. But how can we culminate a role and beyond together? First of all, you need to edit your a roll by cutting all the parts that you don't want. By adding the sound may be some animations and so on. After that is done, only then you can start making the BYU. But now because we have also a person talking, we can only on their parts music. The video is played. Here is another type of music. We can add an ambient music which would play while the person is talking bad. You shouldn't have music only where the B-roll is seen. And just like in the shot, I can add here just a shot with bureau, then again me talking, and again another sharp B. So this means that you can take music every time you put another bureau. But for the sound effects, it's another story. If you are adding sound effects, it will completely change the way someone would watch your video. Not just they will watch the person talking, but we'll also hear about what they talking. 8. Outro: And now we came to the end of our class. Thank you so much for watching and I hope you learn something for the class project, just create the bureau's. You can also have a role optionally, but just sound design be wrong, Judy, by adding motion and choosing the correct camera framing, like data set and so on. And if you have any further questions, please let me know. Have a great day.