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Logo descriptions by SnowflakesOmega


Background: TROS was the general entertainment organization of the Dutch public broadcasting system, established in 1964, best known for its game shows, informational programs and original TV shows (along with AVRO). The company then went defunct after it merged with AVRO to form AVROTROS in 2014.

Logos can be seen here and here.


1st Logo (1980?-1984)

TROS (1980)Logo: On a black background there's a yellow outline of a Dutch lion emblem. It stretches into transparent light beams which then take up vertically the center side of the screen, and they turn blue and form an 8-pointed sun emblem. The light beams shrink away and the emblem fills in color.

Technique: The light beam animation, simple for 80s standards but neat for the time.

Music/Sounds: A 3-note brass fanfare.

Availability: Extinct.



2nd Logo (1982-1984)

TROS (1983)Logo: The TROS sun emblem moves to various sides and reveals various shots of parts of the Netherlands, such as people walking, a sailboat, a military base, a horse race, a bridge, an aerial shot of green fields, a bicycle race, a highway, a panning view of cows at a farm, and finally a shot of a river of a rural area, as the TROS sun finally zooms to us and the "TROS" text is then revealed on the center. The text "vanavond TROS-avond" then appears in front.

Technique: The panning TROS logo, the live-action shots, and the revealing of the text.

Music/Sounds: A disco fanfare, with an announcer after.

Availability: Extinct, seeing as it was used as an ID.



3rd Logo (1984-1986?)

TROS (1984)TROS (Closedown Variant, 1984)TROS (1986)

Logo: On a black/blue gradient background, we see the TROS sun textured like before, with a moving reflection of the sea seen through it. The logo shines and the star flare passes through it, as the logo starts to glow in white. The sun then shrinks to the left and the letters "TROS" spin and pan slowly one-by-one with the shining effects. The "TROS" text then appears on the top, with the sun then appearing after them, as the finished product shines.

Variants: During closedowns, "TOT (day of the week in Dutch) appears on the bottom of the logo. There exists a short version used around 1984-1986. Each element of the logo slides in from the right and settles, with the usual shining effects, but the TROS sun prolongs more than the one-second interval of the letters. The logo then suddenly fades into the finished product. When the new TROS jingle was introduced in 1986, there were a few modifications on the animation. The TROS sun has the star flare passing through its whole outline, and at the end, the TROS logo forms by appearing with each element one by one. During winter 1986, the logo's reflection shows a snowy field with snowflakes precipitating. Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: The trademark TROS jingle used on the time, depending on each version. The short 1984 ident has the last ascending notes play.

Availability: Extinct.

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