03 May 2013

How do the BBC election graphics work?

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The BBC have put online a simple little video explaining how their election graphics work, or sometimes don't 

 We've just had some local elections here in the UK and so the Election graphics system has been dusted off and brought back up to speed.

There have been some considerable changes in how graphics are presented to the audience during something like an election, where data is continually being updated and everything has to happen in real time. In the early days the BBC famously used it's "Swingometer" as seen here:

BBC swingometer

Now they use a combination of a chroma key studio, 3D camera tracking and a real time 3D graphics system to illustrate the data in a simple and effective way.

You can see the report here


Neil Roberts

I started out as a Video Tape Editor in the 1980’s and was one of the first editors to embrace non-linear editing at the beginning of the 90’s

I then went on to work for Lightworks and was instrumental in the development of their Heavyworks and Newsworks systems, sharing in the Technical Emmy that was awarded to the Heavyworks system.

After Lightworks I moved to Discreet logic (now part of Autodesk) where I was the European product specialist for Smoke and Fire.

I am an accredited Smoke trainer, I also do DaVinci Resolve training and I am an Independent Certified Expert for Sony.

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