Arts & Entertainment

A-Roll vs. B-Roll: How to Use A-Roll and B-Roll Footage in Filmmaking

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Jun 16, 2021 • 3 min read

Most styles of filmmaking and TV production—including feature films, documentaries, narrative TV, reality TV, and news programs—use two different types of footage to tell their stories: A-roll and B-roll. In order to end up with a polished piece of work, it's useful to know the differences between both types of footage and how to use them together.