Course Title: Vision mix television productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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 1Studio basics introduction. Studio passes. 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. 2
3Vision Mixer and Technical direction /Mixing and TD /practice runs 2,3
4Graphics, Recording to tape, Pipeline & Editshare 1,2
5Labour day Holiday  
6Formative assessments # 1
Photo Storyboard 1&2
Show your own Segment rundown for the Photo Storyboard project [Realise Productions] Your segment rundown should be:
• On plain white A4 paper [landscape]
• In the approved format
Participate in production as:-
1. Producer of your production [Realise productions]
2. Vision Mixer/Director/ DA/ Graphics /EVS two takes. [Vision Mix]
3. Camera Operator for one other production. [Multi-cam]
4. FM, TD, Lighting director, Audio Set up and pack up of sets, camera, audio and lighting gear in studio according to studio protocols. [Bump in/out]
 Formative assessments # 1
7Formative assessments # 1
Photo Storyboard 3 & 4
 Formative assessments # 1
8 Formative assessments # 1
Photo Storyboard 5 & 6
De Brief Photo Storyboards.
Pre planning Roy Melba Variety Interviews/interview lighting
Audio workshop
 Formative assessments # 1
9Guest Presenter (TBC) Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects .

Formative assessment # 2
Show your Segment Brief for Roy Melba [Realise Productions]
Show your Work Safely AAA pass (JSA or Safe Work methods Statement) [Bump in/out]
Show your Work Smart AAA pass (Signal Flow & Vision Mix Setup) [Vision Mix]
Show your Work Smart AAA pass (Camera set up & operation) [Multi-cam]

 Formative assessment # 2
10 Rehearsals of projects Studio A ‘Newsline’ prep Network 10 News Rundowns  2,3
11Studio A ‘Newsline’ rehearsals 1,2
12 Roy Melba /Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2
Trouble shooting the Control room and signal.
13 13 May Formal rehearsal week for ‘Newsline’
Summative assessment # 3
Participate in ‘Newsline’ production as:-
1. Vision Mixer, DA, Graphics, Autocue & VT/EVS Op [Realise productions] & [Vision Mix]
2. Camera Crew Member for at least one production. [Multi-cam]
3. Floor Manager, Lighting Director, Audio Op or Technical Director and Lighting/Staging/audio Crew Member [Bump in/out]
 Summative assessment # 3
14Summative assessment # 3
20 May ‘Newsline’ production  
  Summative assessment # 3
15Summative assessment # 3
27 May ‘Newsline’ production
Summative assessment # 3
16Roy Melba / Variety Interview shoot 3 Variety Interview shoot 4  2,3
SemTwo 1 Advanced studio operation. Audio, Lighting & Camera refresher  2
2Master control operations and communication
Roy Melba Productions
Formative assessment # 4
Show your personal original Segment rundown for a Roy Melba segment.
1. Floor plan showing positions of Cast and Cameras
2. Lighting Plan
3. Annotated rundown / Camera Cards
 Formative assessment # 4
3Guest Presenter (TBC) & Roy Melba Productions  1,2
4 Operating a production with Master Control & Roy Melba Productions  2,3
5 Painting the Picture. Advanced set up and operation of RCP D50
Roy Melba Productions
6 Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics rehearsals
Summative assessment # 5
Produce a complete 4 minute segment for Roy Melba including studio links [Realise Productions]
Participate in ‘Roy Melba’ productions as:-
1. Vision Mixer, DA, Graphics & VT/EVS Op [Vision Mix]
2. Camera Crew Member for at least one production. [Multi-cam]
3. Floor Manager, Lighting Director, Audio Op & TD and Lighting/Staging/audio Crew Member [Bump in/out]
 Summative assessment # 5
7Studio production with advanced Camera and Graphics
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
8 Planning for Production in an ‘Outside Broadcast’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
9Trouble shooting for Outside Broadcast, issues, and a pathway to staying ‘On Air’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
10 Guest Presenter (TBC) Simulated ‘OB’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
11 Simulated ‘OB’ # 2 ‘The light keeps changing’
Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
12Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
13 Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
14Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
 Summative assessment # 5
15Summative assessment # 5
Complete summative assessment productions
Summative assessment # 5
16 No class  
17Reserved for Production Factory  

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. Participate in Photo Storyboard production as Vision Mixer/Director/ DA/ Graphics /EVS two takes. In week 6,7 & 8 Sem I
2. Show your Work Smart AAA pass (Signal Flow & Vision Mix Setup). Due week 9 Sem I
4. Show your personal original Segment rundown for a Roy Melba segment & Annotated rundown. Due week 2 sem II

Summative Assessment
3. Participate in ‘Newsline’ production as Vision Mixer, DA, Graphics, Autocue & VT/EVS Op. In weeks 13, 14 & 15 Sem I
5. Participate in ‘Roy Melba’ productions as Vision Mixer, DA, Graphics & VT/EVS Op. In weeks 6-15 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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
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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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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 go to Academic Integrity 

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