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Chad Tingle
red text for broadcast
on Nov 4, 2010 at 6:48:49 pm

I have a client who insits that I use Red Text for Broadcast. I've tried getting out of it but it's not going to happen. I was wondering if anyone had an trade secrets they can pass on to keep red from bleeding.

Chad Tingle
Producer/Editor


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Dave LaRonde
Re: red text for broadcast
on Nov 4, 2010 at 6:57:22 pm

Here's my recipe for using the reddest red possible, which is 255-0-0 in 8-bit, and TOTALLY illegal for broadcast:
Add the Levels effect & set Output White to 234.
Add the Hue/Saturation effect, select Reds, and drop red saturation to -12.

Even the most anal-retentive engineer on staff doesn't have problems with it. If you want to be on the safe side, you can always drop the red to 220-0-0 for "aesthetics".

You really need to get yourself some kind of vectorscope. They ain't cheap. But Scopo Gigio for AE is. Set it in preferences to 70% bars, 16-235 and you're good to go.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chad Tingle
Re: red text for broadcast
on Nov 4, 2010 at 7:01:30 pm

Dave,


I appreciate you passing on the knowledge, I'll give it a shot...

Chad Tingle
Producer/Editor


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Todd Kopriva
Re: red text for broadcast
on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:57:00 am

Dave has the hard-won practical knowledge on this issue, so I defer to him here. There are some other approaches and backgroun information here, though.

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