Course Title: Edit screen content for fast turnaround

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5930C

Course Title: Edit screen content for fast turnaround

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5216 - Diploma of 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


Teacher: Ms Trewlea Peters
Phone: 99258011

Nominal Hours: 30

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

This course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to edit screen content for fast turnaround using non-linear editing software and facilities.

This course is taught and assessed with CUFANM402A Create digital visual effects.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFPOS401A Edit screen content for fast turnaround


1 Prepare for edit.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify editing requirements in consultation with relevant production personnel and with reference to documentation as required

1.2 Check operation of editing equipment and software and ensure sufficient supplies of consumables are available

1.3 Identify and prepare source materials for off-line and online editing

1.4 Assess materials to be edited for required technical and creative criteria in consultation with relevant production personnel

1.5 Endeavour to visualise completed edit with reference to available materials.


2 Commence editing process.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Digitise and transfer materials to suitable format, ensuring compatibility with editing equipment and monitoring capture for sound and image quality.

2.2 Where appropriate, create an edit decision list (EDL), subject to time constraints, noting accurately in and out points for each edit.

2.3 Maintain accurate documentation of editing instructions for use in all stages of post-production as required.

2.4 Prioritise and select materials in terms of their relevance to meet production requirements

2.5 Arrange and present selected material to retain the intended meansing of workds and images

2.6 Analyse and plan how preselected additional materials are to be used to clarify and enhance final edit.


3 Assemble vision and sound.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Check technical and creative criteria with relevant production personnel to ensure integrity of edit

3.2 Assemble content in a way that produced coherent images and sound according to standard editing conventions.

3.3 Ensure that assembled materials meet time requirments for productions, as well as tehnical and creative criteria for transmission

3.4 Insert transitions, special effects and preselected additional materials as required

3.5 Make appropriate compromise between content and quality in order to meet time restrictions

3.6 Review assembled online or off-line edit with relevant production personnel

3.7 Implement changes as specified and finalise edit to meet deadlines


4 Finalise edits

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Complete necessary documentation and file/archive source materials according to enterprise procedures

4.2 Report problems in completing edits to meet production requirements

4.3 Provide information required for successful transmission of edited material

4.4 Evaluate own performance against technical and creative criteria and discuss with collegues where appropriate

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.

You will be able to work collaboratively and edit a range of vision and sound content within tight time constraints that:
•meets production requirements
•takes account of technical and resource constraints


Details of Learning Activities

You learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• demonstration and practical application
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching, observation and questioning
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of students work

2. Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• online and other research
• independent study

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 contentExercisesElements


Introduction to the principles and elements of editing. Introduction to pre-visualisation and visual effects. CUFPOS401A (1)
CUFANM402A (1)
Week2Understanding framing and sequences. Visual storytelling. Breaking down a script, analysing FX requirements and digital storyboarding.

 Editing Formative task

VFX Formative task

 CUFPOS401A (1)
CUFANM402A (1)
Week3Overview of Final Cut Pro – Importing/exporting and the interface.   CUFANM402A (1)
Week4FCP Preferences, System settings, A/V settings, and Codecs. Creating a sequence from digital storyboard.  CUFPOS401A (2,3)
Week5Capturing and using the three point edit.  CUFPOS401A (2,3)
Week6Adjusting sound, generators, effects and editing tools.  CUFPOS401A (2,3)
CUFANM402A (2)
Week7Fine tuning an edit, mastering sound levels and colour correction in FCP. Creating chapter markers for DVD.Editing Formative task 
 CUFPOS401A (2,3)
CUFANM402A (3)
Week8Outputting from FCP. Introduction to DVD Studio Pro. Menus, tracks, preferences, settings, working with templates, chapter markers, building and burning in DVD Studio Pro.  CUFPOS401A (4)
CUFANM402A (4)
Week9Individual appointments discussing interview structure and overlay to reinforce story. Editing Formative task
 CUFPOS401A (4)
CUFANM402A (4)
Week10Interview Productions – Integrated assessment  Editing Summative task CUFPOS401A (1)
Week11Interview Productions – Integrated assessment  Editing Summative task CUFPOS401A (1)
Week12Interview Productions – Integrated assessment  Editing Summative task CUFPOS401A (1)
Week13Log and Capture footage. Start selecting and editing footage from independent Interview production.  CUFPOS401A (2)
Week14Independently edit Interview and receive verbal feedback on rough-cut. Edit rough cut of interview. Editing Summative task CUFPOS401A (2,3)
Week15Independently edit Interview and receive verbal feedback on fine tuned cut. Fine tune duplicate of rough cut Editing Summative task CUFPOS401A (3)
Week16Master fine-tuned edit and output from FCP. Develop menus, tracks, preferences, settings, template, chapter markers, build and burn Interview in DVD Studio Pro. Submit Interview on DVD Summative task CUFPOS401A (3,4)
WeekClass contentExercisesElements
Week1Masks and Mattes in Motion
 VFX Formative taskCUFANM402A (2,3,4)
Week2Keying in Motion VFX Formative taskCUFANM402A (2,3,4)
Week3Particles emitters and behaviours in Motion VFX Formative taskCUFANM402A (2,3,4)
Week4Motion Tracking in Motion VFX Formative taskCUFANM402A (1,2,3,4,5)
 Week5Sourcing and developing VFX materialCUFANM402A VFX Summative assessment task CUFPOS401A
Week6Compositing VFX material CUFANM402A VFX Summative assessment taskCUFPOS401A
 Productions Begin  
Week7Pre-Production, Production and post production period 



Week8Pre-Production, Production and post production period 



Week9Pre-Production, Production and post production period 



Week10Pre-Production, Production and post production period 



Week11Pre-Production, Production and post production period 



Week12 Pre-Production, Production and post production period 



Week13Rough Cut feedback Editing Summative assessment task



Week14Rough Cut feedback Editing Summative assessment task



Week15Mastering Editing Summative assessment task



Week16Submit final full HD edit of production onto Master Server Editing Summative assessment task



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.

Assessment Tasks

Please note: This unit is co-delivered and assessed with CUFANM402A Create digital visual effects.

Breaking down a script and storyboarding exercise.
DVD exercise
Pre-visualisation discussion

Interview - Rough cut feedback and
Fine Tuned edit on DVD
Drama/Documentary - Rough cut feedback and
Fine Tuned edit on DVD and HD

Assessment tasks in this unit are either ungraded or graded. Ungraded tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial (graded) assessment tasks.

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 assessment.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

The following grades are applicable to Summative assessment tasks and apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent achieved graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Ethics and your work:
In this course you are required to submit work which could be broadcast to a majority audience and would meet a rating of between G and MA (follow the links on The Office of Film and Literature Classification website - to inform yourself of criteria, and also meets RMIT’s
Ethical Conduct requirements (follow the links on the RMIT website- and Australian law with regard to vilification.
It is each student’s responsibility to acquaint him/herself with these regulations before submitting work for assessment.
In line with this requirement the majority content of your film productions must be approved and signed off by your production supervisor (a Screen and media teacher)one month ahead of the first day of photography. 

You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. This feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please advise teacher in advance if an extension of time or special consideration is required for submission of work. Refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions.

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1

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

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