The Biggest B-Roll Mistakes to Avoid When Shooting on the Run

Here are 5 of the biggest mistakes filmmakers and videographers make when shooting B-roll — and how to avoid them when you’re on the run.

It’s sad to admit, but for many of us, B-roll is often an afterthought. Whether you’re shooting documentary content, corporate or commercial video work, or even creative shorts or features, your filmmaking focus will often be on getting the best footage of a main subject or character — and their voice and actions.

However, when you get into your edit, you’ll often find yourself wishing that you had better (and probably more) B-roll footage. B-roll not only helps flesh out sections or sequences to make them more dynamic (and better paced), but you can also use it to cover cuts, pauses, or mistakes.

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