Course Title: Edit screen content for fast turnaround

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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


Trewlea Peters

Alex Joseski


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

In-class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
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/critque of students’ work

Out-of-class activitvies include, but are not limited to:
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 contentAssess tasks & exercisesElements


Introduction to the principles and elements of editing. CUFPOS401A (1)
CUFANM402A (1,2)
2Understanding framing and sequences. Visual storytelling. Breaking down a script and digital storyboarding.

 Editing Formative task

CUFPOS401A (1)
3Introduction to pre-visualisation and visual effects. VFX Formative taskCUFANM402A (1,2)
4Overview of Digital Editing software – The interface. 

CUFPOS401A (2,3)

5Adjusting sound, generators, effects and editing tools.
Preferences, System settings, A/V settings, and Codecs. Working with a three point edit system.

CUFPOS401A (2,3)

CUFANM402A (1,2)

6Fine tuning an edit and mastering sound levels. Colour correction, encoding and outputting. 

CUFPOS401A (2,3)

CUFANM402A (1,2)

CUFPOS401A (2,3)
8Individual appointments with your crew to discuss interview structure and overlay to reinforce story.Editing Formative taskCUFPOS401A (4)
9Individual appointments with your crew to discuss interview structure and overlay to reinforce story.

Editing Formative task 

CUFPOS401A (4)
10Interview Productions – Integrated assessment CUFPOS401A (1)
11Interview Productions – Integrated assessment  CUFPOS401A (1)
12Interview Productions – Integrated assessment CUFPOS401A (1)
13Interview Productions – Integrated assessment . CUFPOS401A (2)
14Start selecting and editing footage from independent Interview. Edit rough cut of interview. CUFPOS401A (2,3)
CUFANM402A (2, 3)
15Edit Interview and receive verbal feedback on rough-cut. Fine tune duplicate of rough cut after receiving feedback. 

CUFPOS401A (3)CUFANM402A (2, 3)

16Independently edit Interview. Master fine-tuned edit and output.Editing Summative task

CUFPOS401A (3,4)CUFANM402A (4)

WeekClass contentExercisesElements
1Introduction to Visual Effects - composites and animation.
 CUFANM402A (2,3,4)
2Masks, mattes and keying. CUFANM402A (2,3,4)
3Motion Tracking and animated masks. CUFANM402A (2,3,4)
4In class assignment VFX Formative taskCUFANM402A (2,3,4)
5Production - shoot VFX material VFX Summative assessment taskCUFANM402A (1, 2,3,4,5)
6Post Production - composite VFX material VFX Summative assessment taskCUFANM402A (1, 2,3,4,5)
 Productions Begin  
7Pre-Production, Production and post production period CUFPOS401A (1,2,3,)
CUFANM402A (1,2,3,4)
8Pre-Production, Production and post production period CUFPOS401A (1,2,3,)
CUFANM402A (1,2,3,4)
9Pre-Production, Production and post production period
Rough Cut feedback
 Editing Formative task

CUFPOS401A (1,2,3,)
CUFANM402A (1,2,3,4)

10Pre-Production, Production and post production period
Rough Cut feedback
 Editing Formative task

CUFPOS401A (1,2,3,)
CUFANM402A (1,2,3,4)

11Pre-Production, Production and post production period
Rough Cut feedback
 Editing Formative task

CUFPOS401A (1,2,3,4,)
CUFANM402A (1,2,3,4,5,)

12Pre-Production, Production and post production period
Rough Cut feedback
Editing Formative task

CUFPOS401A (3,4,)
CUFANM402A (3,4,5,)

13Rough Cut feedbackEditing Formative task

CUFPOS401A (3,4,)
CUFANM402A (3,4,5,)

14Rough Cut feedbackEditing Formative task

CUFPOS401A ,3,4,)
CUFANM402A (3,4,5,)

15Deliverables completion.Editing Formative taskCUFPOS401A (4,)
CUFANM402A (5,)
16Deliverables completed.Editing Summative assessment tasks 2

CUFPOS401A (4,)
CUFANM402A (5,)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Other Resources

You will require your own media storage and back up equipment.




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.

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered 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 need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.

Breaking down a script and storyboarding exercise
Editing a sequence
Pre-visualisation discussion
Drama/Documentary - Rough cut feedback

Interview final edit of production
Drama/Documentary final edit of production

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. 

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

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.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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