Using the Photoshop templates, build your graphics and export them as PNG's onto a USB stick.
STEP 1: obtain the template folder from your instructor and copy it onto your computer or portable hard-drive.
STEP 2: Create an export folder and name it with your name and the date of the newscast (avoid hyphens). This is where you will export your PNG files and this is the folder that will get transferred to the USB stick so it can be used by the CG operator in the studio.
STEP 3: Make the modifications within each Photoshop template. Once you finish the modifications, export as PNG files with the following names - do not add hyphens:
SLIDE 1 BACKGROUND
SLIDE 2 CURRENT CONDITIONS
SLIDE 3 COLORADO MAP
SLIDE 4 NATIONAL HIGHS
SLIDE 5 NATIONAL MAP
SLIDE 6 TODAY FORECAST
SLIDE 7 TONIGHT FORECAST
SLIDE 8 TOMORROW FORECAST
SLIDE 9 FOUR DAY FORECAST
SLIDE 10 BACKGROUND
The order is important - you indicate SLIDE with a number to tell the CG operator what order to put the slides when they are used in the weather report. Weather reporters typically start their report with the current conditions and then look at conditions elsewhere, starting locally and broadening to the national map. The weather report ends with the forecasts.
STEP 4: Write your script in Inception. The script that is prompted will also be transcribed live as closed captions. Although many professional weather anchors will often write bullet points and ad-lib their report, you will need to fully script your segment so that the words can appear as closed captions. However, you can still ad-lib portions of the script so don't feel that you have to say each word as it's written.
STEP 5: Rehearse! Read your script several times. You mostly need to be familiar with the script when you turn away from the prompter to interact with the graphics. Occasionally, you will also ad-lib or improvise some portions of the script to keep it conversational.
The weather segment lasts a total of 3 minutes. Weather anchors will also include their assigned VO and even some video of weather events that come from CNN Newsource.
This image appears in the BACKGROUND folder and is copied and renamed to your export folder. The BACKGROUND image shows up twice in the weather segment - at the beginning and at the end of the report. Therefore, copy this image twice and rename it so that it appears as SLIDE 1 and SLIDE 10.
At the bottom of the map click on the selection that says High Resolution. The high resolution version of the map will open.
Take a screen grab of the map. On the Apple computer, hold the Command+Shift+4 key, which will convert the cursor into a crosshair. Move the crosshair to the upper left corner of the map, then click and drag out over the selected area. Don't include the weather forecast text at the bottom. When you release the mouse button, the selected area will be saved on the computer. The screen grab should look like this:
Move the image to your folder and then open the National Map template. Drag the map onto the Photoshop template and resize it so that it looks something like this:
Hold the shift key down when you resize from the corner of the map. That way, you can maintain the image's aspect ratio.
Quick Explanation of Weather Map
The thing to know about fronts is that they are places where air masses clash. These places are also the scenes of the most dramatic weather changes and where storms are given birth. Fronts can move or they can stay put. When they move, one air mass advances while the other retreats.
The Cold Front
Cold air will typically shove under and push up warm air. Unless the air is extremely dry, clouds will form and they can often grow into thunderstorms, which are often shorter in duration.
The Warm Front
Warm air replaces cold air by sliding over it - warm air is lighter than cold air. Wispy clouds at about 30,000 feet are usually the first signs of an approaching warm front. As the front moves over you the clouds will get thicker and lower and eventually you might get rain, snow, sleet or freezing rain, which often last longer.
The Stationary Front
When neither air mass advances or retreats, the front is said to be stationary.
Fronts are parts of larger weather systems that are centred on low atmospheric pressure, or Low Pressure systems.
Low Pressure Systems
The L you see on the weather map represents a Low Pressure system. When you see that, you can expect clouds and precipitation to arise as the low pressure system approaches. In the northern hemisphere, these systems rotate counterclockwise, so you can expect to find cold air to the north and west, and warm air to the south and east.
High Pressure Systems
The H you see represents a High Pressure system. You can often expect to find fair weather associated with this system. That's because the air tends to sink, and as it does so it warms up. Clouds tend to evaporate and storms are unlikely to form.