S4C Schools 1987 - 1993
The history around the equipment that was used to create these animations is very interesting. Three systems were used encompassing Unix, Silicon Graphics and Digital Equipment Corp. (latterly digested by Compaq Computers). It's amazing to think that this was one of the most advanced animations on British TV at the time. When you consider how powerful computers are now compared to when these animations were made makes one's mind wonder.
You can read more about it in our ITV Schools on Channel 4 section.
S4C Schools 1993 - 1999
The 3D looped "countdown clock" could be played for up to ten minutes according to individual junction requirements, although in most instances only forty seconds would be used. The design specifically took on board scientific references through the clock mechanism and "bouncing" countdown clock.
The last few frames (before cutting to actual programmes) reveals a dragon image which forms part of the S4C brand idenity. Programmes titles are keyed onto the bottom left next to the S4C logo. It also a won a Promax International Award for best design for television idenity. Typical presentation is in the videos below. These are all the junctions that were used and are sourced from S4C.
S4C Schools 1999 - 2007
S4C amends their schools junction for Autumn term 1999 to become widescreen compatible. Key Welsh imagery such as landscapes, buildings and objects are presented carrousel style in this fantastic sequence.
S4C Schools 2007 - Present
A radical move by S4C in 2007 saw them do away with their traditional "Welsh with passion" schools idents. In place was a mesmerizing 5-line animation that filled in between educational programmes.