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Technology: Swingometer bows out for US Presidential election

作者:扶蛆抿    发布时间:2019-03-02 03:20:01    

By ELISABETH GEAKE The famous Swingometer that charts the changing fortunes of the political parties in British general elections will be replaced for the BBC’s coverage of the American Presidential election by three-dimensional animated graphics. On election night on 3 November, the graphics will be produced almost instantaneously by computer as the results come in, and broadcast live from the BBC’s studio in Washington DC. The BBC believes this is the first time that computer graphics of this complexity have been generated live, at broadcast quality. Presenter Peter Snow will have more than 200 graphics to choose from for Decision ’92, the Presidential election broadcast, compared to the 5000 graphics prepared for the British general election in April – though only 6 per cent of those were used. One of the 3-D sequences prepared for next week shows the front podium of the White House, with bar charts of the three candidates’ share of the vote displayed between the pillars. The view swings down towards the ground to show a map of America, with the states coloured according to who has won the state. The view then swings up and to the side to show the share of the vote by a graphic display of coloured stars. The backgrounds have been prepared in advance and taken to Washington on videodisc. David Clement of the BBC wrote the software for the broadcast, called Flash Frame, in six months. He says that normally 3-D graphics are produced below broadcast quality, at high speed,

 

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