Computers produce most of the graphics you see on TV news programs.
Although most commands do not require the high a degree of sophistication
that the networks do, there are several flag staff commands that use similar
technology. Some staff briefs require imagery manipulation and the
integration of supplemental information may appear in some flag briefs or
command indoctrinations. Two types of television production you should
understand are infographics and infomercials.
of conventionally prepared artwork. Infographics is created primarily to
inform or instruct.
Infographics is any artwork you create electronically (by computer) for
transmission via CRT. These stills should conform to the correct aspect ratio
Infomercials involve live action, video footage electronically (by computer)
enhanced or altered for transmission via CRT as opposed to direct film
footage without electronic manipulation. Infomercials are not documentaries.
Their primary motivation is to sell or influence thoughts or actions.
Infomercials have a clearly intended commercial message.
Hardware requirements for text integration and video manipulation vary.
Video and graphics consume extensive amounts of RAM memory in addition
to the applications software occupying hard drive memory.
To add text to a video production requires a text integration software
package. Let the needs or projected needs of the shop dictate the selection of
software. Remember that software packages require extensive memory and a
CPU capable of high processing speed.