The title safe area, as it related to television, describes the area of the image that can be seen on the television. Older televisions can display less of the area outside the title safe than newer flat screen televisions. New plasma, lcd and led screens can display most of the image.
All text, graphics or anything meant to be read must stay inside the title safe areas to ensure that it can be read on all televisions. The action safe area is not as strict at the title safe, and requires all important action to take place within it’s zones. Since people still use the older crt (cathode ray tube) televisions, it’s necessary to adhere to title and action safe areas when producing content for broadcast television.
Recently a client with some design skills wanted to provide some animation to help out with their project. I created a title and action safe photoshop file for reference that can be imported into any editing program. I’m posting it for download so anybody who needs it is welcome to download it. Premiere pro, final cut pro and after effects have this built in but I often create titles and graphics in photoshop and I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had this.
Download (Click the button to download a zip folder with title safe and action safe psd guide layers.
The zip folder includes 2 files. The layered photoshop psd (shown below) is for creating titles and graphics in photoshop.
Also included is a png file with just the guides…
You can import the png into any editing program and just drop it ontop of your footage.
If you’re creating a video that will play on a tv whether it’s a dvd, tv show, commerical, movie etc. It has to adhere to title and action safe guidelines.
More often than that, you’ll need it for creating titles and graphics in photoshop when you’re making a video that will be distributed via dvd.
Hope this title safe and action safe guideline helps.