Figure 13-15.The 3:4 ratio used for a video graphic.
Get in close enough with the video camera to show
clearly all detail, but not so close that some of the
information area is lost. Avoid using a wide-angle lens.
Besides the possibility of camera shadows falling on the
graphic, distortion is likely to occur and will be most
noticeable when panning over the graphic. A longer
focal-length lens overcomes the distortion problem, but
is less smoothly panned.
Because light reflections can obscure detail on a
shiny graphic, the experienced graphic artist and
photographer will avoid glossy materials and glossy
photographs. However, when it is causing objectionable
reflections, the graphic can sometimes be tilted slightly
to help clear them; otherwise, relighting or surface
dulling may become necessary. The lighting for a TV
graphic is similar to lighting reflection originals in copy
work. Graphics must be flat. Unmounted, warped, or
curved surfaces easily show unwanted reflections.
SAFE TITLE AREA
In the production of slides for use as television
graphics, important picture information must be
confined within the area of the TV monitor.
Figure 13-15 is drawn in proportion to a 35mm film
frame and shows the safe title area, maximum
transmitted area, and film frame.
IDENTIFYING RECORDED IMAGE
If you were notified that you won a brand new
Jaguar or Lamborgini, you would probably be ecstatic.
If you were presented with a truckload of unidentified,
assorted parts and told that you now had everything