PowerPoint Guidelines for TV

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Things to Do

  • Design your slide in the 16 x 9 format so all important elements such as title, charts, text, bullet lists, etc. are centered on the screen and leave a generous margin around the edges. Anything close to the screen edge may get cut off when your presentation is broadcast. When aired on television, the Greensboro Television Network (GTN) logo appears in the lower right corner. Avoid this area.
  • When designing your content for TV, remove all extra or unnecessary information. Focus on the exact point you are trying to make and keep it simple. Remember, when aired on TV, people may only see the slide for about 10 seconds or so. If there is a lot of information, the viewer will not have time to read and process it.
  • Make text as large as possible, within reason and style. We recommend a font size of at least 22 or 24. Whenever possible, use a sans serif font (like Arial or Verdana), as these are easier to read on television.
  • The presentation system in Council Chamber is self-serve. Residents should be prepared to load and run their own presentations. The system can accommodate PowerPoint, paper maps/photos and DVDs.
  • Contact GTN if you have a presentation to make to City Council or the Zoning Commission. Our staff will arrange a time to meet with you prior to the meeting to ensure your presentation meets TV guidelines. Questions? Call 336-333-6922.

ColorsThings to Avoid

  • Thin, script, or serif style fonts. Try to use fonts that are thicker or in bold. Thicker fonts work better on television.
  • Small font sizes. Text that is too small will become unreadable when converted to video. Try to use 22 or 24 as the minimum point size. Details like the horizontal lines in letters such as A or E may also be lost if the font is too small.
  • Thin lines. Any lines you draw or outlines that you use should be at least three pixels thick. Smaller lines will appear to jitter or vibrate when seen on video.
  • Small or thin repeating patterns like grids or plaids. These will cause jittering, vibrating, and strobing effects. If you want to use a grid pattern in your design, make sure the lines are at least three pixels wide and three pixels apart.
  • Excessive use of pure colors.  This is especially true for the color red. To avoid this, never use a pure color. A list of common pure colors and their TV safe RGB values can be found above. They appear darker than you are used to on a computer, but they are bright and crisp on TV.