AVID:Tutorial Guide

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Tutorial by
YingYong , mr3urious, Hb1290, LogoFun13-YT, and Ifyoudarethenpizzait

Editions by
Eric S., mr3urious, Shadeed A. Kelly, kidinbed, and Logohub


Hello, there! Welcome to the Audiovisual Identity Database; we're glad you've joined!

Now, what's the most important thing you do to improve the site? Why, writing articles, of course!

This tutorial will show you how to write a suitable entry for the site, and how to improve your page. You'll also see examples of templates, categories, and other miscellaneous stuff.

To see demonstrations of what a typical logo description looks like, click any of these three links.

Page Elements

All pages have a basic form that everyone follows. They are:

Page Buttons (optional)

Where a page also has a Logo Variations page or you intend to create them, you should add the {{PageButtons}} template to allow for easy navigation between these pages. The markup for this is as follows: {{PageButtons|company name|Logo Variations=1|Trailers=1}},

which results in:

 Main Logos Logo Variations Trailer Variations 

You can add or remove any of the three additional parameters depending on your needs, for example:

{{PageButtons|company name|Logo Variations=1}},

 Main Logos Logo Variations 

{{PageButtons|company name|Trailers=1}},

 Main Logos Trailer Variations 

If using this template, be sure to put it on all the pages you added buttons for to ensure coherent and smooth navigation between them.

See AVID:Credits for guidelines on how to add credits. An example is provided below.
Logo descriptions by
The people who wrote the descriptions for the logos.

Logo captures by
The people whose image captures are included on the page.

Editions by
The people who made small edits to the page over time.

Video captures courtesy of
The people whose videos are included in the page.


This is the background. The paragraph you type here will describe the history of the company whose logos you're describing. Talk about information such as who founded the company, when it was founded, the company that owns it, any subsidiaries they have, and more. It's a good section to write for those who may not know about the company's backstory, and we recommend to write this for many articles.

If the background needs to be split into multiple paragraphs, you are able to do so.

To the right is an example of an infobox. Infoboxes can help make page navigation much easier, and will supplement very long background sections by offering "at a glance" information.

(The below is an example of what's known as an ImageTOC. Use this template to make a visual Table of Contents for any article.)


1st Logo 2nd Logo 3rd Logo 4th Logo
1st Logo 2nd Logo 3rd Logo 4th Logo
5th Logo 6th Logo 7th Logo 8th Logo
5th Logo 6th Logo 7th Logo 8th Logo

(Additionally, if the company you're writing about used more than one name in its lifespan, you can add a SeparateTOC template, like so)

{{SeparateTOC | Old Name| {{ImageTOC |Dot.png|1st Logo |Dot.png|2nd Logo |Dot.png|3rd Logo }} | New Name| {{ImageTOC |Dot.png|1st Logo |Dot.png|2nd Logo |Dot.png|3rd Logo }}}}

(resulting in this)

Old Name


1st Logo 2nd Logo 3rd Logo
1st Logo 2nd Logo 3rd Logo

New Name


1st Logo 2nd Logo 3rd Logo
1st Logo 2nd Logo 3rd Logo

TIP: For quicker editing, you can also use our "Standard Page" boilerplate. This boilerplate will load a template with blank sections in the correct format INCLUDING the Ordinal, and you can simply edit it as usual.

(The below is an example of a Year heading.)

??? Logo/ID/Open/Trailer (????) (????-????)

The first set of question marks are used to identify if the logo is the 1st in the article, 2nd, 3rd, and so on. The second set is the official nickname given to the logo. The third set is to signify what year the logo is introduced. If specific dates are available, use those. If the logo is still being used today, omit the fourth question mark set, otherwise insert the year/date the logo was last used. For the second question mark set, you may only use nicknames that are official, do NOT add any that are made by you.

Alternatively, there is a simplified way to do this; the {{Ordinal}} template. When adding logos, simply add the number you're up to into this template (1, 2, etc.) and it will automatically change to 1st, 2nd, etc. This template simplifies the process of re-adding the suffixes (st, nd, rd, th) to the numbers if a logo is removed or relocated on the page for some reason.

For example, the code below

{{Ordinal|1}} Logo (????)

will output this:

1st Logo (????)

(The space below is where you will add image and video embeds.)
Put any images here, using the gallery template.

Put any YouTube videos here, using the YouTube template.

Logo/ID/Trailer: The heart of it all. This is used to describe what happens in the logo. Start by stating what the background looks like, and then describe any animations that happen during the logo. Be very descriptive on this part - use adjectives if possible, and try to describe every little detail.

  • If the logo is still, describe the image as best as possible, including the background and whatever else is on it.
  • Take your time on these, and make sure you revise, because if you leave an important detail out, you can easily confuse people.

Trivia (optional): If there is some trivia about the logo, put them in this section. Examples include: the person/company that designed the logo, what software was used, some behind-the-scenes facts, official or notable nicknames the logo was given, etc.

  • Avoid putting information that is pop culture related/doesn't relate directly to the logo. Instead, put those here.

Byline(s) (optional): If the logo uses multiple bylines during its period of use, add them here.

Variant(s) (optional): If there are different variants of a logo (such as a prototype or an extended variation), add and describe them here.

  • Do not describe one-off variations here. In other words, the variant is specific to only one movie/show. These should go on a separate Portal:Logo Variations page.

FX/SFX: This is a short section. State what kind of effects that are being used in the logo, such as if it is CGI, stop-motion, Scanimate, or simply live-action. Don't just simply say what objects are moving in the logo. If you have to make mention of those, at least describe what effects were used in said moving objects.

  • If possible, also state who created the animation and/or where it was done if such information is available.
  • If the logo is still/has no effects, simply say "None."

Music/Sounds: Describe the music theme played and/or the type of sounds are being used in the logo.

  • If possible, also mention how the theme or sound is made and who made it.
  • If a specific piece of music is used, identify it and consider inserting a link to an upload of the music on YouTube, Vimeo or a similar site if available, in cases where the music and/or artist is less well-known.

Music/Sounds Trivia (optional): If there is some interesting trivia about the logo theme or sounds, such as who composed it, add them in this section.

Music/Sounds Variant(s) (optional): If there are one or more variants of the logo theme or sound, add them here.

Availability: This section is important - gather all of the information about where this logo can be found. State any programs, movies, etc. the logo is found in and/or where it was last seen. Don't forget to italicize titles (or use "quotation marks" for episode names of television shows) from where the logo can be found.

  • Use this scale for determining the availability of a logo. This can prove helpful in some pages, however you are not required to mention a tier in the section. Only use this scale if notable enough to how rare a logo is or not. Otherwise, it's optional.
    • Ultra common/Extremely common: You find this logo nearly everywhere from shows/movies released from this company (also if this logo plasters most if not all of their older logos on newer prints).
    • Very common/Common: You find this logo on newer releases of shows/movies of that company, or is seen/intact on reruns, home releases or streaming prints.
    • Uncommon: While not too common, you may be able to find this logo on a few releases/prints of films/shows of that company.
    • Rare/Very rare: You don't find this logo much; it only appears on a few releases/prints from the company.
    • Extremely rare/Ultra rare: You don't find this logo many times, if at all; it only appears on old releases/prints that haven't been widely distributed.
    • Extinct/Near extinction: Has been replaced with newer logos on current prints, but can be found on older releases/prints.
    • Unknown: Very few information on which films/shows the logo has appeared.
    • Unused: This logo has not been used officially by the company.
    • Current: Can be used to describe the current logo of the company.
    • Brand new: For logos that debuted within the past year.
  • Please note that some factors may affect if a logo is actually "rare" or not. For example. older home video logos that at first could be considered "rare" may potentially be found on many prints, if one knows where to look.
  • When describing where logos are found, include specific examples where possible.
    • Also specify if something that should have the logo doesn't for some reason.
  • Personal online uploads of logos are NOT credible sources. The point of Availability is to describe what PRIMARY sources the logo appeared on, such as movies or television shows. However, if the logo upload came from the company itself and/or the person/studio that created it, it is acceptable to include that in the section.
  • Be specific! Don't just say "found on the company's releases at the time", name at least some of the releases the logo is known to be on.
  • Don't make predictions on any upcoming shows or films that you think new logos will appear on, as they may not even use them.
    • For similar reasons, do not attempt to predict when a logo will make its final appearance.

Legacy (optional): Write about how the logo has affected the logo community and/or broader popular culture and how much of an impact it's left on them. If not that important, omit this section.

  • Unless the logo's reception is notable, avoid adding subjective opinions that others may disagree with.

Final Note (optional)

This can be used on defunct company pages. Here, write on the fate of the company and/or how it became defunct, whether if it merged with another company or if it filed for bankruptcy.

External Links (optional)

If there is a site you believe will further inform our readers on the history and/or branding of the company, you can create an external links section. Examples of what you might list here include:

  • A relevant Wikipedia article
  • An IMDB filmography for the company
  • The company's official website
  • A site or article discussing the branding of the company, e.g. a page on TVARK or a similar branding compilation site/forum, an article about how the logo was made.

If you have level 2 headings on your page, this should be a level 2 heading to ensure the table of contents is formatted properly. Otherwise, a level 3 heading is acceptable.

Notes: When having two or more logo descriptions, make sure you hit "Enter" two times in between each one so each description will have enough breathing room. Furthermore, when listing name changes for a company, use a level two heading for each name.


You can add a Navbox to the bottom of your page for easy navigation between related pages. You can add more than one Navbox if you choose, though typically an article would have a section Navbox, e.g. TV, Film, Home Entertainment and a company navbox, e.g. Sony, Disney, Comcast. For a full list of currently available Navbox templates, see Category:Navboxes.


When creating a new page, you can load a standard template to simplify the editing process. When creating a new page, a box will appear above the editor asking you to choose a boilerplate. Ensure that you have selected the appropriate page template, then click load. This will load in a blank description template that you can use to build your page. We currently have boilerplates for standard pages and Logo Variations.

The boilerplate interface. You will see this above the main editor when creating a new page.

Page Templates

Adding Videos

Adding Images


If your page mentions a company which has its own article on this wiki, please add a link to said article by wrapping the name in square brackets- for example: [[20th Century Studios]] produces 20th Century Studios. This allows users to browse through the wiki more effectively and helps tie our site together.


Once you've finished your page, you should add it to our category system. You can add a page to a category by adding [[Category:Your Category Here]]. You can see this in action at the bottom of this page, where you will note that this page is in the "Tutorials" Category.

Alternatively, you can turn on HotCat, which can be found on the Gadgets section of your Preferences. This will enable buttons to remove, change or add categories on the category bar.

Which categories do I use?

After adding the section categories, be sure to add the country categories according to the company's country of origin, and if available, the company category. For example, the categories for Sony Pictures Television are as follows:

[[Category:Sony Corporation]] [[Category:Television logos]] [[Category:United States]] [[Category:American television logos]] [[Category:Columbia Pictures]]

Bringing a Page to the Top of a Category

If you want to make a page more distinct in a category you can add this: | to create the following markup: [[Category:Your Category Here| ]]

Moving your page

If your page title has a typo in it or the subject of your page has changed their name, you may wish to move your page to a new title. To do this, simply go to the "More" menu at the top of the page and select the move button. You will be prompted to provide your changed title. If you are simply moving your page to a new namespace, click on the dropdown that says (Main) and select the namespace you want.

Once you have made the desired change, click the button to confirm your change and the page will be moved. Your original title will be preserved as a redirect, so you won't need to update any wikilinks to your page. If your move was to correct a typo in the title, please blank the resulting redirect page and mark the page for speedy deletion using {{SpeedyDelete|Typo}}. An admin will then delete your page promptly.

Creating a redirect manually

If the subject of your page is known by another title or an abbreviation, you might like to create a redirect so that any user who searches or links using this alternate name will easily find your page. To make one, simply create a new page with the desired alternate name and put the following on the page:

#REDIRECT [[Your Title Here]].

The markup should produce something like this:


Once you save your redirect page, any user who follows a link to this alternate title will be sent directly to your page.

If your page has Level 2 headings, you might want to use this markup to create a redirect to a certain section of a page:

#REDIRECT [[Your Title Here#Section Name Here]].

The markup should produce something like this:

Section Redirect.png

More Information

To learn more about MediaWiki's capabilities, including more advanced markup and "Magic Words", see MediaWiki Help

That's about it. Have fun!

The AVID Logo - Wordless.png Team

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