Course Title: Vision mix television productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5971C

Course Title: Vision mix television productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4295 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administraion

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rowan Humphrey

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

Vision mixers apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. They work closely with, and often but not always, under the direction of a director or producer.

Vision mixers operate in a multi-source environment from a studio control room or an outside broadcast van. They carry responsibility for creating required composite images, transitions and effects for television productions.

Productions utilising the skills of vision mixers are often live. They can include variety, music, comedy, drama, news, sport, current affairs, live events broadcasts (e.g. concerts, New Year’s Eve celebrations), children’s programs, lifestyle productions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFBRD402A Vision mix television productions


1 Prepare a script or production schedule for vision mixing.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to
confirm production requirements and recommend
creative solutions where appropriate.
1.2 Analyse production requirements to determine
quantity, nature and style of effects and processes.
1.3 Mark known effects and processes on production
documentation according to enterprise procedures
and confirm accuracy with relevant production
1.4 Prepare contingency plans for unscripted effects
and processes that may arise during recording of
productions in consultation with director or
1.5 Contribute to creative process as required and
explore potential for creating original ideas and


2 Set up for vision mixing.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select vision mixing methods to achieve creative
and technical output for productions.
2.2 Negotiate alternative strategies with relevant
production personnel where designated effects and
processes are beyond the capability of available
2.3 Check that identified effects and processes are fully
functional and monitors are working within
2.4 Check and assign or route required vision sources
so they are accessible on the vision mixing unit and
can be previewed on monitoring equipment.
2.5 Identify and note key reference points and
complexities requiring special attention during
2.6 Ensure equipment is tested and confirm it is capable
of meeting production requirements.


3 Mix vision.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure that actions throughout productions are
correctly identified on scripts or production
3.2 Communicate with relevant production personnel
throughout the mixing process to achieve the
desired effect.
3.3 If appropriate, preview sources throughout the
production process and put to air on cue.
3.4 Respond promptly to cues received from relevant
production personnel and ensure consistency of
3.5 Perform planned transitions between vision sources,
reassign sources as and when required, and perform
effects transitions to ensure production
requirements are met.
3.6 Assign effects and processes to appropriate storage
3.7 React to equipment failure by applying alternative
effects and processes as necessary.
3.8 Monitor quality of creative and technical output
during productions.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will be required to  vision mix television productions.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities/projects class exercises to review discussions/lectures independent project based work online research group discussion
Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass contentAssessmentElements
SemOne 1 Studio basics introduction. Vision Mixing Intro/studio plans/pedestals/camera basics/videos. Roles/scripts/control room/sound/vision mixer/CCU/Router Program Run In.doc AAA  1,2
2 The Camera chain. Understanding and operating the Sony camera chain. Grey scale, white balance, basic CCU operation with Barry Shaw. 2
3 Vision Mixer and Technical direction /Mixing and TD /practice runs  2,3
4 Graphics, Recording to tape, Pipeline & editshare  2
5 Mixing and TD /practice runs Photo Storyboard 1&2Formative assessment # 1 & 22, 3
6 March Labour day Holiday  
7 Productions & Formative assessment Photo Storyboard 3 & 4 Formative assessment # 1 & 2 2, 3
8 De Brief Photo Storyboards.
Pre planning Variety Interviews/interview lighting
Audio workshop with Barry Shaw
9 Guest Presenter (TBC) Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects 1& 2
10 Rehearsals of projects 3& 4 Studio A ‘Newsline’ prep  3
11 Studio A ‘Newsline’ rehearsals  1,2
12 Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2
Trouble shooting the Control room and signal with Barry Shaw
 Summative Assessment # 1
Formative assessment # 3
13 Formal rehearsal week for ‘Newsline’ Summative Assessment # 1
14 ‘Newsline’ production
 as week 13
15 ‘Newsline’ production as week 13 2,3
16 Variety Interview shoot 3 Variety Interview shoot 4 as week 12
SemTwo 1 Advanced studio operation. Audio, Lighting & Camera refresher  1
2 Master control operations and communication with Barry Shaw  2
3 Guest Presenter (TBC) Operating a production with Master Control reh.  1,2
4 Operating a production with Master Control  2,3
5 Painting the Picture. Advanced set up and operation of RCP D50 with Barry Shaw  2
6 Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics rehearsals  1,2,3
7 Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics  2,3
8 Planning for Production in an ‘Outside Broadcast’  1
9 Trouble shooting for Outside Broadcast, issues, and a pathway to staying ‘On Air’ with Barry Shaw  2
10 Guest Presenter (TBC) Simulated ‘OB’  2,3
11 Simulated ‘OB’ # 2 ‘The light keeps changing’  2,3
12 Simulated ‘OB’ # 3 ‘Everything keeps changing’  2,3
13 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reelsSummative assessment # 2
14 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reels as week 13 1,2,3
15 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reelsas week 13 1,2,3
16 Complete summative assessment productions & compile show reelsas week 13

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
a pen and notepaper
a laptop computer

Overview of Assessment

Complete pre-production and production tasks to vision mix a range of television productions.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

Formative Assessment
1.    Production of Photo Storyboard Rundown sheet. Due week 5 Sem I
2.    Set up for & Vision Mix Photo Storyboard production. Due week 5 Sem I
3.    Production of Variety Interview Rundown sheet & Planning documents. Due week 12 Sem I

Summative Assessment
1.    Set up for & Vision Mix Variety Interview. Due week 12 Sem I
2.    Set up for & Vision Mix Variety Interview. Due week 13 Sem II

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD    Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC     Competent with Credit
CAG    Competence 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 are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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