|Banner & Lower
In the television industry (especially in North
America), a lower third is a graphic placed in the title
safe lower area of the screen, though not necessarily
the entire lower third of it, as the name suggests.
Lower thirds are most commonly found in television news
production, although they also appear in documentaries
and even have begun to make appearances in amateur videos
thanks to home-video non-linear editing systems (NLE).
In its simplest form, a lower third can just be text
overlying the video. Frequently this text is white with
a drop shadow to make the words easier to read. A lower
third can also contain graphical elements such as boxes,
images or shading. Some lower thirds have animated backgrounds
Lower thirds can be created using basic home-video editing
software or professional-level equipment. This equipment
makes use of video's alpha channel to determine what
parts of the graphic or text should be transparent,
allowing the video in the background to show through.
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Lower thirds are also often known as captions, or occasionally
chyrons in North America. Other common terms include
superbars (or simply supers) (US), name straps and astons
(after Aston Broadcast Systems) (UK).
Video with lower thirds is known as a "program
as broadcast" or as "dirty"; video without
lower thirds is known as a "clean feed" or
as "textless". For international distribution,
programs often include "textless elements"
on the master tape – these are all the shots to
which lower thirds (and other digital on-screen graphics)
have been applied, placed end-to-end so a clean master
can be created if necessary.
Lower thirds are usually arranged in tiers, or lines:
One-tier lower thirds — Usually used to identify
a story that is being shown, or to show a presenter's
Two-tier lower thirds — Used most often to identify
a person on screen. Often the person's name will appear
on the first line, with his or her place of residence
or a description below it. Two-tier lower thirds may
also be used as "locators" to identify where
a story is taking place.
Three-tier lower thirds — These lower thirds add
more information. Commonly the first tier is used to
tell when the video was shot, if it was not shot the
day the newscast is airing.
In addition to information pertinent to the currently-showing
video, the lower thirds has increasingly become saturated
with specialized, dedicated graphic elements, such as
news tickers, digital on-screen graphics, time and date,
stock quotes and/or sports scores, with specialty channels
(such as those for news, business, weather and sports)
accruing such elements in order to keep the perpetual
interests of viewers.