20 TIPS ON WRITING AND CUTTING OOV (OUT OF VISION) TV NEWS STORIES
This a comprehensive list of tips and advice on how to produce OOV (Out of Vision) news stories, aka underlays. The secret is capturing the essence of the news story in about 35-45 seconds of words and pictures, often including a soundbite quote. Working on three words per second, that means your script is probably a maximum of 90 words, so every single word is precious.
But before we start, here’s a short training video from the BBC about constructing OOVs.