assist the On-Air graphics department, New Media created animations
and stills using desktop computer applications. The Curious World
maps software was a new addition to the list of programs in the department's
graphic production. We worked out issues with the high res satellite "geo TIFs" and
integrated the software with our other desktop applications to create high-quality animations
and stills for NBC News and MSNBC News. If you are looking to give
your on-air designs that extra edge and want to see a demo, please contact
us for more info.
To create the vector maps, satellite images were laid over a scanned map of the area in Adobe Photoshop. From there the roads and rivers were onion skinned in Adobe Illustrator to create scalable vector images. The overlays were then imported into Curious World Maps, combined with the satellite imagery and used to create the map used on NBC News.
The Photoshop maps were quickly assembled to meet the On-Air demands by utilizing Batch Actions. Targets were exported from 6 gig "geo TIFs" using Curious World Maps
Map fly-throughs were accomplished with After Effects, creating a realistic fly over a target, or a push to a target from outer spce. Once a template was created it became easier to produce full resolution animations for use in same day NBC News coverage.