Course Title: Vision mix television productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6385C

Course Title: Vision mix television productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4374 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course introduces the skills and knowledge that vision mixers need to operate in a multi-source environment from a studio control room or an outside broadcast van.  

Vision mixers work closely with the director or producer and are responsible for creating the required composite images, transitions and effects for live and pre recorded television productions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUABRD402 Vision mix television productions


1. Prepare vision mixing documentation.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm with production personnel the quantity, nature and style of effects required for productions, and recommend creative solutions where appropriate

1.2 Mark actions, effects and processes on scripts or production schedules according to enterprise procedures

1.3 Prepare contingency plans for unscripted effects and processes that may arise during recordings in consultation with relevant personnel

1.4 Contribute to the creative process as required and explore potential for creating original ideas and proposals


2. Set up for vision mixing.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select vision mixing methods to achieve required creative and technical output

2.2 Negotiate alternative strategies where designated effects and processes are beyond the capability of available equipment

2.3 Check identified effects and processes are ready to go and monitors are working within specifications

2.4 Check vision sources can be accessed on the vision mixing unit and previewed on monitoring equipment

2.5 Note key reference points and complexities that require special attention during productions

2.6 Test equipment in advance and arrange for repairs or replacements as required

2.7 Seek advice from relevant personnel or consult reference material to resolve technical problems


3. Mix vision.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Communicate with relevant production personnel throughout the mixing process to achieve desired effects and resolve problems

3.2 Preview sources throughout the production process and put to air on cue

3.3 Respond promptly to cues from production personnel

3.4 Perform transitions between vision sources and reassign sources to meet production requirements

3.5 Assign effects and processes to appropriate storage devices

3.6 Respond quickly and efficiently to equipment failure and unanticipated situations by applying alternative effects and processes

3.7 Monitor quality of creative and technical output during productions

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to prepare rundowns, demonstrate technical knowledge and practical operation of vision mixing consoles and use correct terminology.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities, projects, class exercises, review discussions/lectures and independent project based work.

Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions/production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

VE Week  Planned activities (subject to change)
 Set up for vision mixing. Observe Vision mixing models in a Network or Outside Broadcast  Television Environment. At Network Seven see Studio, automated and manual mixing environments and master control. Compare to facilities in [5.03.007]. Introduction to the 2 M/E mixer, Routers and MCR.
 Prepare a script or production schedule [Rundown] for vision mixing. Collaboratively participate in preproduction process for 24 Melbourne productions to present and compare Rundowns for a number of segments
 Mix Vision. Rotating through Control A and B, familiarisation with mixer set up and operation, selecting an input, cutting and mixing to line, manual and automated transitions, sourcing graphics, DSK,
4 & 5  Revision of activities in week 3 and,

Mix1of 2. Complete the Vision mixing Flow diagram and describe the various components of the system to demonstrate your ability to set up for vision mixing.

 Rotation through mixing positions in either 24 Melbourne production or rehearsal control room. As productions proceed you will act as the Vision mixer for one or more productions as well as EVS operator, GFX and DA. When not required in a direct production role you will practice switching in the second control space following the direction of the main production.

Mix2of 2. Prepare a rundown [from your own production, someone else’s or from the generic rundown provided] and mark up all transitions effects etc.

7 - 11  Mix2of 2. Using the tools you have created in tasks 1 & 2 Vision mix one or more segments of a  ’24 Melbourne’ production. All segments must incorporate the elements required in the Leader and finish with 3 seconds of black followed by a rolling crew credit.
 Break Starts Monday 18th September 
Break  Ends Friday 29th September
12 - 16  Mix2of 2. In week 13 “Newsline” productions will roll out across the week.
Monday 13 November

Reserved for supplementary Switching assessment reviews by assessor. Students who have successfully completed all assessment tasks will not be required on this day.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, 'A Complete Guide' 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney



Basic Photography, Michael Langford any edition

Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.


It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Harddrive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.


The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. is available via your Library login.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

[Graded Course]

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive a grade for your final assessment task. The graded assessment task will determine your final result for this course. (Refer to myRMIT for grading rubric).


Ungraded Assessment Task

Mix1of2: Complete vision mixing flow diagram.  Due by weeks 4 & 5, Semester 2

Graded Assessment Task

Mix2of2: Vision mix for a '24 Melbourne' segment and / or 'Newsline' and submit a marked up rundown.  Due by week 16, Semester 2


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria.


Results that apply to Graded courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:


CHD     Competent with High Distinction

CDI      Competent with Distinction

CC        Competent with Credit

CAG     Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC     Not Yet Competent

DNS     Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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