T356 Fall 2015 - Week 6
- Lighting & audio quiz
- Audio, graphics, studio gear and signal flow quiz in two weeks
- Labs (not lecture) this week are in the Production Lab. We'll cover
graphics, carry out a Photoshop
exercise, and select Demonstration Videos. PSAs: We'll continue pairing this week in lab.
- Studio 5 News Update exercise in lab next week. Will need to pick anchors in lab
this week. This will be our last rotation exercise (sniff)
- The next two weeks will be Deonstration Video production.
Intro to TV Graphics
Graphics for TV and film cover a broad range:
- Simple titles keyed over someone being interviewed
- The starship Enterprise
- David Letterman's Top 10 Countdown
- The opening to Law & Order
Generally tools used to make the graphics fall into a few categories:
Character generators allow for creation of text and
graphics for TV (Inscriber, WriteDeko, Boris Graffiti) they mainly
focus on text with some support for graphics and still frames. The latest
ones allow for incorporation of moving backgrounds and animations. Dedicated
CGs are the most common graphics tool in a TV studio
Paint & drawing programs let you create flat (2D)
objects and artwork. Examples include Adobe Illustrator, Fractal Painter & Photoshop.
Photoshop is probably the most useful and used piece of software in the
world of web, print, multimedia and video.
3D modeling & layout programs let you create objects
in three-dimensional space. You can create objects and place lights virtual
cameras in 3D space.
If the object rotates and you can see both sides, chances are its a 3D
Movies like Titanic or X-Men rely on programs like Lightwave, Maya,
Softimage and 3D Studio Max to create the ships, people and places.
Compositing and animation programs (such as After Effects)
work mainly in 2 dimensional space, but are offering more and more 3D
capabilities with each release. Even in 2D space, they can provide the
illusion of working in 3D.
Some Graphic Terms you should know:
Leading- the vertical spacing between different lines of text
Kerning- the space between two individual letters. For example
want to kern a small case letter o to fit underneath the
capital letter T.
Tracking the horizontal spacing of an entire group of
Anti-aliasing – A feature in graphics hardware
and software that produces intermediately shaded pixels to smooth out
the appearance of jagged edges
Aspect Ratio - the proportion of height to width. Classic
TV has a 4:3 aspect ratio (1.333). Widescreen TV is 16:9 (1.778).
Full-pixel dimension HDTV is always 16:9 and uses square pixels.
- HD 720p graphics should be 1280 x 720
- HD 1080 (i or p) graphics should be 1920 x 1080
Fields & Frames
Remember that stuff about interlaced video frames being composed of
This is why if we grab a freeze frame of something with movement,
we will see the two fields flicker back and forth. This is also why in
we want to avoid having thin, horizontal, 1-pixel lines, as they will
flicker on & off. We also should avoid images with extremely fine details
(some pen & ink drawings).
Making graphics - See Jim's Graphic Tips
A few tips: Use high contrast to steer viewer's eyes to the important
part of the graphic- which is usually the text, logos or numbers we are
showing. Use light text/foreground objects on a dark background, or dark
text/foreground objects on a light background.
Use only two or three colors that work well together.
We'll cover more in the lab this week.
[Look at samples]
Make sure you are familiar with Jim's
Graphic Tips. This will be on
the quiz next week.
Hands-on demo this week in the T356
Up to Jim Krause's T356 homepage