Little black & white stripes in top right corner

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  1. gers1978

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    I've noticed I never see those little black & white striped squares that used to come up before the adverts in the top right corner of the screen anymore.

    Any ideas why not? And what were they for?
     
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    your screen must be overscanning or set to zoom cos they are still in use!
     
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    Well funny you should mention that. I noticed two last night on that Chef program on ITV. They indicate that an advert is due. They actually appeared bigger than usual. Two with a gap inbetween, so they have not gone in full

    You sure you don have your TV in ZOOM or something that takes them off the screen
     
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    What are they officially called?

    And what's their use? Indicating to *who/what* that an advert is due?
     
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    this was on jo wileys show today , but I already knew the answer . its a reminder that the segment is almost over , get ready to run the next :smashin:
     
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    It is an editing aid. A lot of the sky channels don't have them as things like episodes of US shows have all the timings logged so they package all the ads in one go. Things that are live or shot near to showing often still have them.

    In film reels thay are called "cigarette burns", not sure what TV calls them.
     
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    They are known as "cue dots" or "cue marks"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue_mark


    Re: "cigarette burns" from the above article

    "The 1999 film Fight Club drew attention to cue marks and referred to them as "cigarette burns". This term is not used in the industry, and is not a standard term. Nevertheless, because of Fight Club's usage, non-projectionists have begun to use the term, mistakenly thinking that it is canonical."
     

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