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How to Film & Edit Epic Product B-roll at Home

teacher avatar Junius Ong, Medical Student and Content Creator

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4 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Welcome to the Course

    • 2. Filming Your B-roll

    • 3. Editing Your B-roll

    • 4. Final Remarks

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About This Class

In this class, we will learn how we can create epic b-roll sequences using a smartphone, a black background (you can use a t-shirt), a tripod and a flashlight. We'll be making product b-roll to showcase a stethoscope.

This class can be broken down into two steps:

  1. Filming - Before we can edit the project, we need to film. We do so by setting our camera on a tripod, turning the exposure down and hovering our flashlight backwards and forwards over the subject. 
  2. Editing - We'll learn how to edit the clips that we filmed previously and turn our footage into a work of art. Although this course demonstrates how to do so using Final Cut Pro, the same principles apply to whatever software you're using.

Whether you are a full-time YouTuber or a video enthusiast, this class is for you!

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Junius Ong

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1. Welcome to the Course: In this course, you will learn how to film and edit epic Bureau clips for your videos using your smartphone, a camera on a tripod, some black background. And I'm just going to be using a t-shirt, a flashlight. You could just use another smartphone and something to film. Of course, today I'll be filming my stethoscope. Here is an example of something you'll be able to make by the end of this course. Hi, my name is Julius. I'm a third-year medical student in New Zealand, and in my spare time, I make YouTube videos, Tech Talks, and I work part-time for my university creating content. Let's get started. 2. Filming Your B-roll: So let's get filming. So the first thing you want to do is to close the blinds to your room, turn off all the lights as well. Get a dark piece of fabric. I'm going to use a t-shirt and lay it down flat on a surface. Then set up a tripod with your camera on top and pointed down to your subject. And then hold down on your subject to lot focus, Denton exposure all the way down. This is how you do it on an iPhone, but I'm sure you should be able to get similar effects no matter what you're using to film. When you're ready, hit record. Then grab your flashlight or another phone and move it over the subject, going left to right, right to live backwards and forwards. Change up the speeds and angles that you go over the subject. It's always better to get more footage and angles and speed, then less, then reposition the subject and your camera and keep getting more and more footage, repeating this process over and over again until you feel satisfied. If you want to be creative, you can try to move the camera on some shots, instead of living on a tripod. Think outside the box and grab as much footage as possible. These are just some of the examples which I grabbed earlier. Try to get a variety of shots, tried to get some long shots, some close-up ones, try to mix it up and remember, be as creative as possible. So I'm just filming my stethoscope and this is not sponsored. Metallic objects would generally work bitter. As you can see, some of the shots look a bit boring, but that's why we have editing software to help spice it up a little bit, add some sound effects, and we'll learn that in the next video. 3. Editing Your B-roll: So let's get editing. So once you finish filming, get all the footage onto an editing software, I'm going to use Final Cut by, no matter what it is in software you're using, the principles will be the same, so don't worry. So the first thing you want to do is to find music and add it to your timeline. Like I have done so here. And I just like to listen to it one through and think about where it would be nice places to add transitions. You can make mental notes in your head, or you can just listen if you want. You can add markers on Final Cut, the shortcut is M, or you can add markers on your second listen. So now since I'm familiar with the music, I can now add markers to think about where I might want to transition. So that's the gist of what I'm doing now. So now it's time to look through all your raw footage and see which clips you want to use. You might want to think about what would the concept of your video be? What would be a nice establishing shot? And just what would make the video look good? For example, this clip right here. I see this as a nice establishing shot. So I'm just going to drag that onto my timeline. There's a blank clip at the front which I will need to get rid of. So I'm just cleaning it up right now. So I'm just gonna let it play through it. And I see that it goes pretty much black around here. So I'm going to make the cut command be delete the rest, zoom out, and that's my first clip. So now I'm just gonna keep doing that from all the clips i have here imported from what we found earlier. And whenever I see something nice, I just drag it onto the timeline where I see fit. So it's just a matter of watching all your clips, having a play and just guessing and checking and seeing where you think the clips would look great at different points of the music. So after you do that, this is what you should end up with. So as you can see, I'm trying to make all these clips in sync with the music in some way. For example, right here, there's a nice drop and I'm trying to align the end of this clip or the start of this clip with this peak right here in order to have that nice satisfying effect. Something like that. So that's why I'm doing now. Yep, that looks pretty good. So it doesn't have to be perfect right now because we are going to add gets to our clips in order to make the transition seem more seamless as we'll go cross, dissolve to a gap, then across, dissolve back to it the next clip. So it looks all seamless and I'll show you how that works later on. But for now, what we have to do is add gaps between Eclipse. So just get in, get gaps are just blank clips and you want to add a gap in-between every clip on your timeline. You don't want it to be this long. This is ridiculous. Something like this would be adequate. Maybe a bit longer. So you want to delete a small part of the previous clip at the point where the light disappears. For example, I see the light decreasing until some way here. I'm going to end the clip somewhere here. And I would have to shorten some clips because we want to make the length of our video to match the length of our music. So since we're adding gaps, the video will be longer. So we need to cut down some of our actual footage. Also, our music doesn't really fade out, so I might just add that little feature in by doing this somewhere like that. Okay, so now I will just be adding gaps in between all of our clips and shortening the eclipse where the light disappears. What else you can do is you can add movement, for example, right now, the clips just staying still and it doesn't look very exciting. So I can do, I can set a key frame at the very start. So I'll go to this, then scale, then select keyframe, and go to the end of the clip. And I can make the scale bigger. For example, I might go to 130 and now, instead of just staying where it is, zooms in slowly, we'll see how that looks. It just adds a little extra to your clip and it makes it look a little more satisfying. You can zoom out as well. For example, here, I wanted to zoom out what I can do. I'll sit this scale at the end to 107 keyframe. They go back to the start and then set a key frame at a larger scale. So now zooming out. So I generally like to add keyframes and movement to most of my clips and amount of movement I want o varying. So now once you've done that to all your clips, you should have something that looks a bit like this. As you can see, since I've added gaps, the video doesn't fully aligned with the music anymore. So that's something we will be fixing soon. But first, let's color grade are clips. So as a beginner, one of the easiest ways to change the look of your clips is to add a custom lot. So add a custom led to one of the clubs. And then I'm going to choose Orange genteel. And then I would listen the intensity of the light because that's far too strong. So somewhere here would be nice. Since this has a lot, I'll click Command C, Then I want to paste the lot to all these other clips. So I go Shift Command V and I don't want to transform it like the other clip, I just want a lot. So I unselect that transform. Then I'll paste the accustomed to all the other clips. As you can see, the main issue now is that it doesn't align with the music felice, since we've added the gaps. So what we want to do is we want to start ending the clips and seeing where would be a good time to end. So somewhere here, it doesn't have to fully turn black as we're going to add dissolves between the slip and the slip. So the transition will look smooth. So somewhere like this, and I'll just keep doing this until I finish the whole clip and I want the end to align with. And so once you have done that, this is what your project should look like. So the main issue now is that the transition between this slip and the slip is quite harsh. So what we want to do is we want to add a dissolve. So we wanted to go edit cross dissolve. Here. We wanted to shorten it. And now the transition should look pretty smooth. Now we want to have another cross dissolve between this blank clip and this slip. And I'll just add a cross dissolve here. And I just do this continuously throw all the clips to make it all very smooth. And I can adjust how long I wanted the cross dissolve to be. But that will depend on personal preference. And for me, it will depend on which two clips I'm transitioning between. So after you have done that, this is what your project should look like. So as you can see, the project looks pretty good now, but we want to add some sound effects to transform it to the next level. So I want to do is to go under this unfixed tab. Then you want to add whatever sound effects you want to add. And since I'm using a stethoscope as a product, I might want to add a heartbeat. So I'll just drag that right to the front because I like the idea. And then I also like to add whooshes whenever the light enters or disappears. For example, say I want Bush number two. Number two, say I want to use it to signify the light disappearing from our fist slip. So about here, I'll add the wish around here. And then I want another wish to signify the light shining through here. Maybe you wish number three. And that's a bit too long. Maybe number one. And these are just wishes which I can get free from Final Cut Pro, all our links and resources, we can get some free sound effects from certain sources in the project description by essentially you want to do this throughout the entire sequence. And once you add sound effects, you'll make the video a whole different level. There'll be a whole nother element to it. So you just want to continue this throughout the entire project. And once you're done, it should look something like this. So well done. You've made it to the end of the editing process. Congrats. 4. Final Remarks: So I hope that has helped with your project, hopefully adding another dimension to your work. I would really love for you to share your work and please feel free to do so down below, our link in the resources that I use down below as well, if this class has helped you in any way at all, please provide feedback down below as I am constantly trying to grow. Thank you once again for following this course. I wish you all the best in creating your epic Bureau sequences, and I'll see you later.