[ kahy-ron ]
/ ˈkaɪ rɒn /
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a text-based graphic overlay displayed at the bottom of a television screen or film frame, as closed captioning or the crawl of a newscast.
verb (used with object)
to display (information) in overlaid text at the bottom of a screen: The network prematurely chyroned what they believed to be final election results and had to issue a correction shortly thereafter.
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Origin of chyron

First recorded in 1975–80; after Chyron Corporation, the manufacturer of a broadcast graphics generator
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What is a chyron?

A chyron is a text-based graphic that overlays video content, such as television shows and movies.

Chyron is the general name for any graphic that is superimposed over a video or live broadcast. While a chyron is usually placed at the bottom of a frame, it can appear anywhere within the frame.

Closed-captioning is a common use of chyrons and generally appears at the bottom of the video frame. Chyrons placed here might also include important information for the video, such as the time and location of the scene. Newscasts often use chyrons for news headlines, sports scores, stock market information, weather reports, and other related information.

Example: For the weather report frame, Nick created a custom chyron that can support images of rain clouds.

Where does chyron come from?

The first records of the term chyron come from around 1976. It comes from the name of a company, the Chyron Corporation, which pioneered the use of chyrons in television broadcasts.

The chyron is named after the mythological Greek centaur named Chiron, who was a wise centaur. The company wanted to connect the idea of wisdom with technology. It was so successful that it changed the company name from Systems Resource Corporation to Chyron Corporation.

While the Chyron Corporation created the chyron, the name chyron has now become the general name for graphics superimposed on video.

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How is chyron used in real life?

While the Chyron Corporation is still active in television graphics and development, the term chyron is most often used generally to refer to the graphic overlay.


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