Course Title: Perform basic vision and sound editing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: VART6205C

Course Title: Perform basic vision and sound editing

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4295 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Harrison



Nominal Hours: 40

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

In the course you will prepare source vision and sound materials for editing, log content and perform basic edits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPOS201A Perform basic vision and sound editing


1. Prepare source materials for edit.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify technical and creative requirements for
production and online editing in consultation with
relevant production personnel .
1.2 Obtain and label source materials and keep in a safe,
clean location with appropriate documentation .
1.3 Organise transfer of source materials to appropriate
medium where necessary.
1.4 Check that sufficient storageandmemory is available to
meet content resolution requirements.
1.5 Assess source materialsfor technical and creative quality
and arrange for remedial action where problems are
1.6 Digitise content according to specified formats and burn
time code where applicable, ensuring formatis compatible
with available software and hardware .
1.7 Align, synchronise and organise uncut images and sound
in preparation for evaluation and editing.
1.8 In consultation with relevant production personnel, finalise
list of shots required for the edit and the method for
logging them.


2. Log content for editing.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check editing facilities are operational and arrange for
faults or problems to be resolved according to enterprise
2.2 Obtain required editing consumable materials and
ensure sufficient supplies are available to meet editing
2.3 Load source materials onto appropriate editing facility,
ensuring correct image and sound are ready for use and
that images and sound are synchronised or aligned
2.4 Identify required shots and sequences from source
materials and catalogue them in the agreed way.
2.5 Log selected edits with reference to time codes and shot
descriptions according to enterprise procedures.
2.6 Use a batch digitise list to digitise selected sequences
according to relevant documentation and consistent with
technical and creative requirements.
2.7 Create edit decision lists (EDLs) according to
instructions from relevant production personnel.
2.8 Organise and save selected materials according to overall
editing requirements.
2.9 Finalise logging sheets and submit EDLs to relevant
production personnel by the agreed deadline.


3. Perform basic edits.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use software functions to assemble sequences
according to EDLs and within time constraints.
3.2 Review edited sequences to evaluate quality and content
and to identify problems.
3.3 Manipulate the editing software to solve identified
problems and seek expert advice if required.
3.4 Submit sequences to relevant production personnel for
feedback according to enterprise procedures.
3.5 Amend sequences as required and save in appropriate
3.6 Ensure source materials, selected materials and back-up
copies are stored securely and labelled correctly.
3.7 Complete required documentation, noting variations and
issues from original instructions.
3.8 Leave workstation in original or improved condition,
ensuring there has been no adverse impact on site.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. By applying these skills and this knowledge, you will have demonstrated the ability to:

•systematically prepare content segments for editing from source video or film
•correctly identify and log single images, audio grabs and basic sequences
• transfer and digitise video and film materials
•work collaboratively
•show attention to detail
•work to deadlines.


Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities will consist of
•    demonstrations
•    workshops
•    practical exercises
•    productions
•    discussions
•    screenings
•    reading set texts
•    research
You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent research, reading, study, practice and screenings

Teaching Schedule

Week     Class ContentAssesment              Elements                                                                 

Week 1

Orientation to the course – basic vision and sound editing
•    Introduction to resources, assessments and course expectations
•    OH&S and computer operational procedures
•    Introduction to digital video terms and principles
•    Introduction to Avid set up and operation: AV settings, sequence settings, scratch disc, media formats, file       management, Avid interface, browser and bins, import, viewer, canvas and timeline
Includes – class exercises and discussion



1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Week 2
•    Revision of week 1
•    Avid operation: media formats, log and capture, file management
•    Logging sheets and EDL’s
•    Introduction to principles of editing – three point edit
Includes – class exercises and discussion


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8


Week 3
•    Revision of weeks 1 and 2
•    Introduction to digital audio terms and principles
•    Avid operation: Introduction to audio – filters, transitions, formats, sound editing, sound mixing
Includes – class exercises and discussion 
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Week 4
•    Revision of weeks 1to 3
•    Avid operation: Troubleshooting and system performance, video effects
Includes – class exercises and discussion
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Week 5
•    Revision of weeks 1 to 4
•    Practical Assessment – Formative task 1
Formative Task 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Week 6
•   Revision of weeks 1to 5
•   Avid operation: titles, exporting, print to tape
Includes – class exercises and discussion
 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Week 7
 •   Revision of weeks 1to 6
•    Practical Assessment – Formative task 2
Formative Task 2
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Week 8
 •   Revision of weeks 1to 7
•    Practical Assessment – Summative task 1
Summative Task 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7. 1.8,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cohen, S 2010, Avid Agility: Working Faster and More Intuitively with Avid Media Composer  (2nd Ed), Createspace, USA


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

•    Portable Hard Drive – Firewire 800 (Mac formatted)
•    USB Stick or passport drive (Mac supported)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, a group research and a group practical task. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

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. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete 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. Plan and perform a basic vision and sound edit.
2. Log and capture/transfer source material for a vision and sound edit and finalise for export.

Summative Assessment
1. Prepare, perform and export a basic vision and sound edit.

For further information on assessments and the grading system and criteria used, 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 Comptency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Sid 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.
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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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