GAC-TV PowerPoint Guidelines for Television Presentations
All PowerPoint presentations for Commission Work Sessions or Meetings must be delivered to the GAC by 3:00 pm the day of the presentation.
PowerPoint presentations made during Commission work sessions and meetings will be broadcast live on television. Computer monitors have a much higher resolution than most television monitors, so presentations created using a computer monitor that will eventually be viewed on TV need special consideration.
The following guidelines should be adhered to as closely as possible.
- The preferred minimum font size is 24 point.
- Thin serif fonts such as Times New Roman do not work well on TV
- Fonts that do work well include: Arial, Lucida Sans, MS Sans Serif, Palatine and Tahoma.
- Using bold fonts generally increases readability.
- Using all caps increases readability.
- Dark blue backgrounds with white or pale yellow text work best.
- Neutral backgrounds with black text also work well.
- Simple backgrounds are best. (Most existing PowerPoint background templates do not work well on TV.)
- If a watermark graphic is used, it should be transparent or embossed in a solid background so that it does not interfere with the text.
- Avoid too much text. (Headlines with bullets work best.)
- Set line spacing to 11/2 or 150% of font size.
- Avoid underlining. (Horizontal lines will vibrate on a TV screen.)
- All text should be inset 1" from all edges of the screen.
Artwork, photos, and clipart
Ensure that you have the proper permission to use any clipart, photo, cartoon, and any film/video footage.
- Just because you find it on the internet, doesn’t mean that you have permission to use it in a presentation.
- For more information call or email the Government Access Channel staff or visit www.copyright.gov.
Audio and Video
- Please contact the Government Access Channel staff if you plan to use audio and video clips in your PowerPoint presentation. Some audio and video generated from a computer is not compatible with television output.