Stitch

Status: active
How can we make it more efficient for journalists to reversion motion graphics templates and web videos?
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Stitch is a tool that allows journalists to generate rich graphics templates and online videos directly from their web browser. It’s designed to assist producers working in the BBC’s Language Services with faster translation of broadcasting elements and digital videos.

In the current workflow, World Service journalists wishing to reuse an English-language graphics asset have to contact a designer to manually edit it. The designer then has to edit, export and send the asset back to the journalist before it can be used. Digital video production can also be time-consuming, since videos are assembled on an element-by-element basis using our internal WebCap system and QEdit video editing platform.

With Stitch, journalists with no coding or design experience only need to fill out a web form to automate the reversioning process. Data from a web form is passed to the source template and an updated video file is then passed back to the Stitch library.

I tried this myself so I could see how fast the process is (using Latin characters) – it was all completed in less than 5 minutes, emailed to me and ready to drop into Jupiter.
— Jeane McCallum Senior broadcasting journalist, Languages Television Unit

The admin side of Stitch is also designed for easy use. Administrators and video editors can create and update standard templates, along with the web forms for journalists to use.

We have received positive feedback from World Service desks where Stitch is already in use. We plan to continue rolling it out to different language desks in addition to training more video editors on using the admin tool.

Full page view of digital video reversioning
An example of reversioning a TV sting.


Next Priorities

  1. Train video producers on how to create their own templates using the admin tool.