Have you ever watched a video and wondered how they make simple content seem so riveting? There’s a good chance you were hypnotized by the magic of B-roll footage! And in today’s world of User Generated Content (UGC), this subtle technique is making waves.
Ever been hooked by a video and thought, "What's their secret?" Meet B-roll—the unsung hero turning ordinary UGC into pure gold!
So, What Exactly Is B-Roll?
Imagine the main video footage (your A-roll) as a delicious pie, with all its juicy details and central narrative. B-roll is like the whipped cream on top! It's the secondary footage, which isn't essential to the main story, but it adds flavor, depth, and context.
It could be anything from a scenic view of a city to shots of a bustling cafe, or even close-ups of your product that is being discussed in the video.
B-Roll in the UGC Universe
UGC, or User Generated Content, is any content—photos, videos, text, reviews—created by individuals rather than professionals. It's genuine, personal, and often raw. Think of those real-customer testimonial videos, unboxing experiences, or explainer videos.
But, just because it's "user-generated" doesn't mean it can't be polished or professional. Enter B-roll!
Adding B-roll to UGC
💫 Enhances Authenticity
Let's say you're watching a testimonial. The person is talking about the last fabulous hiking experience. B-roll footage of misty mountains or close-ups of their new hiking boots adds a touch of authenticity.
💥 Breaks Monotony
Continuous shots of someone talking can become monotonous. B-roll inserts can break this monotony, making content more engaging.
💡 Provides Context
For product reviews, instead of just hearing about a product, B-roll lets you see it in action.
Benefits of Mixing B-Roll in UGC: Improved Engagement
Visual variety retains attention. When viewers are presented with diverse footage, they're more likely to stay hooked.
Adds Depth: B-roll provides a multi-dimensional viewing experience. It can evoke emotions, reinforce points, and help in better storytelling.
Professional Touch: Even if it’s user-generated, a touch of B-roll can make your content look sleek, polished, and high-end.
Reusable Footage: One of the smartest moves you can make is to create a stockpile of general B-roll footage that's relevant to your content. Say you’re a brand that frequently shares testimonials. Having B-roll of your product getting unboxed, or shown for a few seconds in various settings, can be reused across multiple videos. This not only ensures consistency but also saves time and resources.
Take, for instance, this testimonial video: just when it might start to feel repetitive, B-roll swoops in. Picture a creator breaking up their review with shots showing how the product works—it's these dynamic moments that keep it fresh and keep you engaged! And the beauty of it? This sequence can be repurposed and reused across multiple testimonials, serving as a versatile tool in your content arsenal!
Next time you're creating a new project with Twirl, request B-Roll only. Ask for various different shots of your product without creating an entire story. Think about shots that could enhance your main footage (that you may already have) and possibly be reused across videos.
Keep it relevant: Ensure that the B-roll aligns with the main narrative. Irrelevant footage can confuse viewers.
Use tools: There are various online platforms and apps that offer B-roll footage. Think Pexels or Pixabay or explore newcomer platforms like GridBank. So, if you can’t shoot it, you can still source it.
To B-Roll or Not To B-Roll?
In the world of UGC, content is king. But, B-roll? It's the crown that makes royalty stand out! So, next time you're diving into video content, remember to sprinkle in some B-roll magic. Whether you're crafting it fresh or recycling your trusty favorites, this secondary footage is the key to making your UGC pop. Elevate your story, engage your audience, and watch your content shine brighter than ever!
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