A lower third is a graphic overlay placed in the bottom part of the screen during a broadcast:

  • 10 seconds in length
  • 30 characters per frame – 60 characters max
  • Overflow area allowed for small animations
  • Maximum of three animations recommended
  • Commercial offers and URLs permitted
  • Only program partners can make a direct tie-in with program content



Lower-Thirds Radio-Canada Television Technical Specifications



  • FULL HD composition: 1920x1080, 30 frames/second
  • Maximum creative area: 1,500px wide x 140px high
  • Transition effects required (e.g., fade in, fade out)
  • No audio or film clips



  1. Send the lower-third demo (PDF or video format) for approval 10 business days before broadcast to livraisonbandeau@radio-canada.ca
  2. Deliver the final files* 5 business days before broadcast to livraisonbandeau@radio-canada.ca
    *Final files must be sent in the following three formats:
    • H264 QuickTime (reference format)
    • QuickTime Animation with Alpha (final format)
    • 32-bit TARGA sequence with Alpha compressed in .zip format (source file)
  3. Complete the broadcast instructions form



Your production request and related material must be received by your sales rep no later than 10 business days before your broadcast date.

Required Material for production:

Creative brief

  • Final ad copy
  • Animations
  • Any other creative instructions that Radio-Canada must follow


  • File formats: PSD or EPS (layered), TIFF, PICT, TGA, or JPEG (minimal compression)
  • 1920x1080px, 72 dpi (if cropping is required, provide a higher-resolution still)


  • EPS or AI vector file, transparent background, RGB mode


  • .ttf or .otf

Video material – QuickTime movie (.mov file)*

  • Apple ProRes (422, HQ or 4444) or Avid DNxHD (145 or higher, 709 colour space)
  • 1920x1080px (16:9 full screen)

*If video in lower third


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