frequently asked questions

What is a bump?
A bump is a short buffer or bumper between a TV show and commercials.  The most basic were a brief announcement "Show X will be back after these messages" or "And now back to Show X".  Common lengths are 5, 10, and 15 seconds.

What is the difference between a card and a bump?
A card is simply a TYPE of bump that specifically refers to the black and white text bumps. Cards that are strictly text are not uploaded since a simple transcript will normally do.
Occasionally we will upload these cards by request, usually in the case of Viewer Bumps but there are other exceptions.

Cards that contain some visual or graphic interest are regularly uploaded. They can include photos, drawings or small animations in addition to the b&w text but they are still classified as 'cards.'

The 'bumps' category refers to the graphic bumps that BumpWorthy was originally created to showcase. The focus is on the visual, text may be present but is artistically part of the graphic whether it be static or animated.
The latest incarnation of live action and manic animation bumps will also be found in this category.

What is the difference between a promo and a bump?
Promos are specifically made to advertise either [adult swim] or a specific show. These are usually not presented in the bump slots, but rather on different points of advertising blocks. Promos will not be featured on BumpWorthy.

Where can I find X song?
Check the Available From section on the bump's description page.  If the album is available from Amazon or iTunes, please use the links in the Available From section if you decide to purchase.  Using the links will help support BumpWorthy's operating expenses.
See the below question for library tracks and production music.

What is a "library track" or "production music"?
Those are songs that are made specifically for television, promotional materials, and other commercial applications. 
Adult Swim (or more specifically: Turner Broadcasting) pays a licensing fee to have access to the provider's library that enables them to use the music in their bumps and promos.
Production libraries are not for consumer distribution and are not typically released like actual albums are through retail stores or online outlets like iTunes.

The closest alternative to the public being able to listen to the music is if the song can be found in an online library for streaming without download.
Check the bump's description for instructions on accessing the provider's website and listening to the music if it is available.

Thanks to Jeff for helping with the description.

What if I can't find a bump?
Did you try the search feature?  If you still can't find it, feel free to request missing bumps on the forum.

Can you get my song aired on a bump?
Sadly, no. We are a fansite and not affiliated in any way to [adult swim], so we have no power or influence on their decisions regarding what to air or not (music, bumps, promos, shows, anything). Your best bet would be to ask around the [adult swim] boards for information regarding what department to contact (posting the song on the boards will not help), and even then it's a very rare chance. Music deals are usually made through record labels and legal departments.

What program(s) do I need to playback the videos I downloaded from here?
Video downloads are encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio in a MP4 container.  Common video players are able to playback our videos without any additional plugins.  A great free media player is VLC media player.

Using QuickTime Player on Windows is not recommended as it does not display some of the videos properly.

What does "tilt-shift" mean?
Tilt-shift refers to a photographic technique employing a hinged lens to shift and/or tilt the plane of focus of an image. One of the effects made possible by this is an image that appears to be in miniature. The bumps labeled "tilt" or "tilt-shift" were actually simulated using Photoshop to produce the miniature effect. SwimHumbug, insider of the ASMB, informed us, "... just take any aerial shot and in Photoshop add a blurry slightly radial/top-to-bottom transparent gradient over it. Makes any shot (aerials usually look the best) seem like it's a pic of a model."

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