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.

Holding Sequences

S4C Schools on S4C - Rotomotion & Clock
1987
This video is the full six minute S4C "rotomotion" and one minute clock. The duration between programmes varied but was normally backtimed by 2-3 minutes. It was only shown when Welsh programmes were to be broadcast. S4C tended to have a slightly less polished version of music to video and opt-ins were ofter abrupt, as you'll see in Junction Example 1.

S4C Schools on S4C - 3D Holding Device
1987
S4C made their own variant of the spinning 3D ITV Schools on Channel 4 animation. It would be used when Welsh language programmes were to be broadcast. This is the full six minute sequence.

S4C Schools on S4C - Clock
1987
The S4C Schools clock on its own. Notice that compared to the ITV Schools on Channel 4 version, the musical timing is a little out of sync. This is the full one minute sequence.

S4C Schools on S4C - Junction Example 1
1990
This is an offair (VHS) example of the S4C opt-in. Notice when the Central Television caption begins to fade the S4C animation comes in abruptly and without audio fade-in.

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.


Countdown Sequences

S4C - Nesa
1993
Welsh variant of the dragon countdown clock with programme caption. Apologies for the rough picture.

S4C - Nesa
1995
Welsh variant of the dragon countdown clock with new S4C logo.

S4C - Next
1993
English variant of the dragon countdown clock. In this instance the programme title caption is faded out, which wasn't done in all cases. Apologies for the rough picture.

S4C - Next
1995
English variant of the dragon countdown clock with new S4C logo.

The Countdowns

Running Order
1994
This is an example of the S4C Schools running order for Welsh opt-ins. It features the Channel 4 programme support slide then fades quickly into the S4C countdown clock and finally into the programme.

Running Order
1994
This is an example of the S4C Schools running order for English opt-ins and is exactly the same as the Welsh variant. It features the Channel 4 programme support slide then fades quickly into the S4C countdown clock. Don't blink though as you'll notice S4C comes out of the junction a tad early and reveals the Channel 4 network slide for the same programme.

Closedown

Closedown 1 (Welsh)
1995
Closedown 2 (Welsh)
1995
Closedown 3 (Welsh)
1995



Closedown 1 (English)
1995
Closedown 2 (English)
1995
Closedown 3 (English)
1995



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 Carrousel
1999
Terrific thanks to S4C for supplying us with a clean copy (from their broadcast tape). The sequence was designed by Splash with music from John Rea.

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.

S4C Schools Lines
2007
Standard S4C sequence with programme detail. The sequence was designed by Proud Creative and music by Simon Pyke @ Freefarm.

S4C Schools Lines
2007
Clean version without S4C imposed detail. The sequence was designed by Proud Creative and music by Simon Pyke @ Freefarm.