Back in the Day… transition effects on live sporting events were limited. The cost effective DDR technology to playback stock footage or custom designed clips hadn’t been developed yet… so Technical Directors switching live sports often used a quick flash frame of a color background (set to white) for their transitions into and out of replays. This was achieved often with a cut (1 frame duration) to a full frame of white background followed with a programmed dissolve to the next source (videotape machine, graphics panel, or live camera) . This dissolve ranged around 6-8 frames which in effect gave the look of a flash bulb going off… and as it faded away, a different visual was revealed. These transition numbers might vary a bit depending on the TD and the actual elements but for the most part this was IT. The hardware switchers of the day had non-volatile programmable effects memory which by today’s standards would be quite limited but allowed for this level of effects programming with a ‘one-button push’. Nonetheless, back then… this is what the Tech Directors had to work with while switching live shows.
As a Technical Director, I have to say those days were quite interesting as we looked for ways to push the limitations of our toolsets to add production value to our shows. Drawing on a bit of that old school look is this 32-bit stock footage clip with a bit of that retro feel while adding dissipating particles on the reveal.
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