AUTOMATING ANIMATED GRAPHICS: MESA CHANNEL 11 PROGRAM GUIDE

GLEN STEPHENS, PIXEL POST STUDIOS, LLC

Using Photoshop and After Effects to create a program guide animation that automatically updates for daily programming changes.

When you mention After Effects and Photoshop, most designers think of them as tools for creating motion elements for video projects, compositing, show opens, and similar uses. But rarely do you think of them as tools that can run unattended to build dynamic content for broadcast delivery. This is how I used these tools to create a system for a cable station in Arizona.

The challenge was to create an animation of a program guide that would scroll for 45 seconds with the programming schedule for that day. The animation would ...

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