Originally Posted by dfiler
For instance, on the second attachment, the one from today, there is a 4:3 area inside the 16:9 broadcast. Inside that 4:3 area is a 16:9 area with a 4:3 embedded another level deeper, all with jumbled overlays.
Certainly not everyone can be appeased, but the current arrangement is bad for both aspect ratios. Four channel 11 logos on the screen simultaneously? Seriously, four? ;-)
Obviously they're using multiple layers of overlays which were never intended to be run simultaneously. What needs to happen is the software and production workflow to be updated to have a single level of embedding. It will likely take a couple more years before broadcasters finally get the hang of it. Then a number of more years after that, it won't matter anyway. We'll finally be able to assume a viewership with all the same aspect ratio.
dfiler...here's what I know - and remember, don't kill the messenger.
The squeezeback with the closing information is a multipurpose squeezeback. It was redesigned to show a 16x9 aspect ratio and is used during both news programming and other programming. It was set up to include school closings/delays and a crawl with continuous traffic and weather information.
What you see inside the squeeze (in your two images) is what would normally come out of the news control room. Inside the window, it was a normal newscast and it looks just as it would even if there were no closings. Yes, there are lots of graphics, but I think in this particular instance you found what is perhaps the worst case scenerio as far as graphics are concerned. It would look awkward having four squeezebacks with no background under any circumstance.
In the second image, you talk about the difference in aspect ratios. What you're looking at here is a camera shot provided to us by Penn Dot. Again, this is an exception not a rule. We have a few options when dealing with native 4x3 - we can leave it 4x3 with no wings, we can create a 16x9 image by adding wings, or we can stretch it. We chose wings.
You talk about four logos. You've included the text seperator we use in the crawl and you've included the logo included in the banners.
Yes, while there is a lot going on in these two screenshots, you managed to capture what I would discribe as the worst case with respect to other images you might have captured and posted.
That being said, your points are well taken.