How to Add Cutaway/B Roll in iMovie & Online Alternative

Last Updated: 2022. 08. 15

Sometimes, you may want to cut away to another shot while keep the voice or sound from the main track when editing your video project. For example, when you’re doing an interview and your guest mentions a particular event, you may want to add a clip or image of said event to your video.

We call those cutaways b rolls, which help to splice all the main shots together, demonstrate the point, and also helps to create a smooth and cohesive video project.

The b roll makes your video look advanced and professional indeed, but it doesn't mean the process of adding b rolls to your video is complicated. If you're trying to do cutaway in a video using iMovie, adding cutaways footage or b roll to your projects is a total breeze. Here's how you can do it!

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Part 1 How to Add B Roll with iMovie Cutaway on iPhone/iPad/Mac

You can add a cutaway clip above another clip to show two different perspectives of a single event or add a b roll to help illustrate the point. iMovie does support a second video track for things like cutaways and picture-in-picture effects, and it is actually very easy effects to accomplish in iMovie. Now, let's take a look at how to add b roll in iMovie with Cutaway effect and also how do you edit your iMovie cutaway clip, such as adjust fade or opacity.

1.1 How to Do a Cutaway in iMovie on Mac

Step 1
Open the project you want to add the cutaway clip to in iMovie on you Mac.
Step 2
Import the clip or image that you want to cut away to the My Media section. You can simply do this by hitting Import Media.
Step 3
Once you have your cutaway footage imported, drag it above the main clip in the timeline, and you can also drag it to the exact position in time you would like it to play.
How to Do a Cutaway in iMovie on Mac

How to Do a Cutaway in iMovie on Mac

Step 4
You can also make the cutaway clip fade in and out to soften the transition between the original clip and the cutaway clip, select a cutaway clip in the timeline, then drag one of the fade handles at the top of the cutaway clip toward the center of the clip to lengthen the fade, or toward the edge of the clip to shorten the fade.
How to Do a Cutaway in iMovie on Mac - Edit

How to Do a Cutaway in iMovie on Mac - Edit

1.2 How to Do a Cutaway in iMovie on iPad/iPhone

Like on Mac, you can easily add a cutaway footage or b roll to your movie on iOS.

Step 1
Firstly, have the main video clip of your video loaded up in a project in iMovie on your iPhone or iPad.
Step 2
Hit the plus icon to select the cutaway footage, you can choose to add another video or a still image as your cutaway.
Step 3
Once you find your cutaway footage, tap it and then you should see a box pops up with icons for plus, play, and three dots, just tap the three dots and select Cutaway.
Step 4
Now the cutaway footage should be added and you can see it above the main track, here you can still edit both as you please.

How to Do a Cutaway in iMovie on iPad/iPhone

Part 2 How to Add B Roll to Video without iMovie

As the iMovie is proprietary software for Apple users, many others users may look for an iMovie alternative to easily add b roll in a video.

Here comes FlexClip, a free online video editor helps you to add b roll to your video in breeze and also make more edits to level up your video with its powerful editing tool. What's more, it comes with an user-friendly interface and rich special effects, allowing you to add cutaway footage/b roll and edit them with fade-in/fade out effects and more with great ease, no editing experience is required.

Click the Get Started Now button and follow the simple steps below to learn how to add b roll to video online for free.

Step 1
Once you access the FlexClip video editor page, just go to the Media section to upload your footage. Here you can drag and drop them form your computer or you need to upload from your mobile device, or even try to record a new clip, FlexClip meets all your needs.
How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Upload

How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Upload

Step 2
Now, add the main clip to the Timeline as scene firstly, and then apply your cutaway footage or b roll as a layer on the main clip.
How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Add Footage to Timelien

How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Add Footage to Timeline

Step 3
Go to the Timeline to drag the b roll footage to the exact position in time on the main clip, and you can also trim the cutaway footage to the desire length freely.
How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Edit the Cutaway

How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Edit the Cutaway

Step 4
Adjust the size and location of b roll to cover the main clip on the canva by dragging and dropping directly.
How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Edit the Cutaway

How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Edit the Cutaway

Step 5
If you want to make the cutaway footage fade in and fade out when it appears and disappears, you can reply on the Motion feature of FlexClip to apply the fade-in/out and many more effect to the b roll.
How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Fade in/out Cutaway

How to Cutaway/B Roll to Video - Edit in/out Cutaway

While you're in the editor, you can use FlexClip's tools to make any other edits you'd like to your video:

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Final Words

And there you have it, one professional looking cutaway/b roll in your video without any fuss or complicated editing tools! Just with iMovie on your apple device or use the online iMovie alternation on any computer, you can easily add cutaways or b rolls in your video for free.

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