stock footage from film or digital libraries used to establish locale, atmosphere, etc., or to provide generic thematic video, such as for a category of television news story.
video footage shot for a story, television show, or film, often by a secondary film crew, especially depicting building exteriors and used to establish the locale in which a film or show is set: The actors all filmed in Toronto, but the show’s opening theme song played over B-roll of the New York skyline and a block of brownstones.: Compare A-roll.
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How to use B-roll in a sentence
But Roitfeld, ever the captivating subject, saves the film from feeling like B-roll.Carine Roitfeld Documentary ‘Mademoiselle C’ Offers Intimate Look | Isabel Wilkinson | September 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Buzzfeed caught a glimpse over Gaga's pre-Photoshopped body on B-roll from the magazine's cover shoot.Lady Gaga's Extreme Photoshopping; Miranda Kerr's Infant Son Is Model Material | The Daily Beast | August 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And his owner is, like, “Ruh-roh,” before they throw to B-roll of beans being lovingly baked.
The whole United Center had to sing it for B-roll for the show.
He observed rehearsals, meetings, and performances, and crafted his B-roll into something brilliant.