Course Title: Operate a non-linear editing system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5857C

Course ID: 040201

Course Title: Operate a non-linear editing system

School: 345T Creative Media

Program Code: C5134 - Diploma of Screen

Course Contact : Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Patrick Troy
Phone                0412 376 573
Email                patrick.troy@on

Nominal Hours: 60

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

Students will learn the skills and knowledge to operate a non-linear editing system for editing digital media for the screen.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFEDT05A Operate a non-linear editing system


Complete work operations

Performance Criteria:

· Report and document any equipment that is damaged and requires maintenance to the relevant personnel
· Leave the work site in the original or improved condition, ensuring that there has been no adverse impact on the site


Digitise the picture and sound footage

Performance Criteria:

· Log the source material using timecodes and shot descriptions
· Select a suitable resolution rate for digitising the footage, based on the amount of footage to be digitised and the hard drive space available
· Digitise the source material into the edit suite's hard drive storage system ensuring that it is digitised using the correct time codes and source tape numbers are used
· Create and use a batch digitise list to digitise selected sequences according to the shot list documentation and to ensure that the creative requirements of the edit are met
· Import video and still graphics from a range of sources and file formats, if required
· Save the digitised picture, sound and any still graphics into the correct file formats


Edit the picture and sound footage according to the requirements of the brief

Performance Criteria:

· Edit the picture, sound and any still graphics into the required sequence, according to the creative requirements of the brief
· Use program functions to create and insert graphics, transitions and special effects into the compilation, if required
· Take sound output levels into account
· Review technical quality of edited material and monitor to identify potential problems in editing or digitising processes, taking remedial action as necessary to improve technical quality
· Use effective file management techniques throughout the editing process
· Back up data at regular and frequent intervals
· Monitor amount of hard drive space required on a regular basis, taking action to maintain sufficient hard drive space for the duration of the edit


Export the compiled sequences and files and archive the edit job

Performance Criteria:

· Re digitise the sequenced compilation using the correct formats and settings, as required
· Playout the finished edit to the appropriate storage media and create copies, as required
· Create an edit decision list (EDL) and store to disk
· Ensure that the edited footage is transferred from the disk store of the digital editing system to a data recorder or disk for archiving
· Clear the disk store of the edit, when it is determined the edit has been completed


Prepare to use the editing equipment

Performance Criteria:

· Determine timelines for the completion of various stages of the editing process to ensure deadlines can be met
· Select the appropriate software to meet the editing requirements and check that it is operational
· Check all editing hardware equipment to ensure it is functioning and is suitable for the required outcome
· Deal with any faults in the editing equipment in accordance with organisational procedures
· Source and obtain editing consumable materials and ensure that materials are available in sufficient quantities to meet the editing schedule and budgetary requirements
· Patch input devices to recording devices and check to ensure they are functioning
· Receive source material to be edited and ensure the format is compatible with the editing equipment
· Handle source material with care to avoid damage
· Complete any documentation required to document the receipt of material


Refine the edit

Performance Criteria:

· Use the editing software program to view the sequenced production/program and refine the edit
· Check that all insertion points and edits are clean, smooth and meet the production requirements
· Manipulate the software to solve any identified problems with image or sound
· File and retrieve shots and sequences as required according to the operation instructions of the equipment

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Demonstration, class discussion and practical exercises.

Teaching Schedule

Look at previous work
Define key areas of learning for the semester
Overview of Editing Theory
-    Storytelling,
-    Perspective/Empathy
-    External influences eg team work, resources
-    Media Management principles
Familiarise with any new equipment
Re-familiarise with FCP
-    Operator styles and layout
-    Workflow
-    Settings
-    Media Management tools
Look at related software
Organising clips into Bins, Insert/Overwrite edits, 3 point editing
Making Sequences & Nests, Slice & Dice
Editing decisions for flow, tempo, action.
Editing Dialogue Exercise – The Visitor
Slip & Slide & Roll
Trim Editing
What to leave in and what to take out
Visual storytelling
Creating Mood - The Runaway Train
Importing various formats – preparing material
Working in a networked environment
Teamwork & Taking Direction
Negotiating creative collaborations - talking through ideas        Assessment Project 1
Edit Camera Project 1
Working with Audio, sync, levels, mixing
Creating background music: Soundtrack
Cutting on a beat, off a beat, creating mood with music
Music Videos vs Nature Documentary
Edit Sound Exercise  – correcting sound
Edit Exercise – 30 sec Commercial
Creating Edls
Batch Capturing
Creating Edls
Batch Capturing                                                     Assessment Project 2
Edit Camera Exercise 2
Filters, Clip Attributes Motion, Keyframing, Clip Speed, Transitions
Titles - working with Livetype
Exporting for other uses
AFX, ProTools, Quicktime, Compressor, Web ready , CD Rom, DVD
Exporting for other uses
AFX, ProTools, Quicktime, Compressor, Web ready , CD Rom, DVD       Assessment Project 3
Edit Camera Exercise 3
Recapturing an Offline Project
Recapturing an Offline Project                                         Assessment Project 4
Colour Correction
Edit Exercise – Power USER

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Recommended Books                Carlton Ref #        Carlton CD Ref #
Nonlinear Editing        778.5235 B989    CSW778.5235 B989
Final Cut Pro HD        778.593 W549    CSW778.593 W549


Other Resources

-    Portable Hard Drive (supplied by student NB Cannot participate without this item
-    Headphones/plugs (supplied by student)
-    Appropriate software in computer labs
-    Mini DV tapes, blank CD Roms and blank DVD-Rs (supplied by student)
-    Final Cut Pro Hd For Mac Os X by Lisa Brenneis (supplied by student)
-    Material for editing will be provided
-    Some class notes will be provided

Overview of Assessment

4 X Practical projects to be completed during class.

Assessment Tasks

4 in class projects                            25% each project   

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