Course Title: Edit screen content for fast turnaround

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART5930C

Course Title: Edit screen content for fast turnaround

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5332 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 99254815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rowan Humphrey
Phone: 99254842

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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to edit screen content for a range of productions using non-linear digital editing facilities. These skills are often used in day-to-day editing for daily programs such as news and current affairs. They may also be applied in fast turnaround editing of rushes for feature or short films.

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

2. Check operation of editing equipment and software , and ensure sufficient supplies of consumables are available

3. Identify and prepare source materials for off-line and online editing

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

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


2. Commence editing process

Performance Criteria:

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

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

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

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

10. Arrange and present selected material to retain the intended meaning of words and images

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


3. Assemble vision and sound

Performance Criteria:

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

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

14. Ensure that assembled materials meet time requirements for productions , as well as technical and creative criteria for transmission

15. Insert transitions, special effects and preselected additional materials as required

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

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

18. Implement changes as specified and finalise edit to meet deadlines


4. Finalise edits

Performance Criteria:

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

20. Report problems in completing edits to meet production requirements

21. Provide information required for successful transmission of edited material

22. Evaluate own performance against technical and creative criteria and discuss with colleagues 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 set up and operate a typical non-linear editing computer and cut simple programs such as news, current affairs and short films.

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

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.

Class ContentAssessments                               
Week 1Edit ENG Introduction to small crew ENG style post production and preparing for editing useing a non-linear edit system. SD/HD formats and aspect ratios 
Week 2Edit ENG Edit with Flow/Premier tutorial exercise ’The Visitor’ Preparing Desktop for editing, Preferences in Finder, commencing editing process with imported files from Server, Assembling Vision and sound elements on a timeline in Premiere and finalising edits by saving project file.

Week 3 Edit ENG Premiere tutorial exercise focussing on assembling vision and sound and editing conventions such as three point and matched action. Finalising edits through export to Server or other destination.


Week 4ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 1 News . Operating a typical non-linear editing program to produce short news/documentary programs.Simulation of workplace environment.

Edit ENG Assessment #1 Participate in editing ‘News’ stories. Performance of practical demonstrations of :- Setting up EDIT sessions & Setting scratch disks, Connecting Camera and capturing media, Using basic tools to edit footage, Employ appropriate transitions/effects, Import music/images/graphics, Adjust and smooth audio levels, Export to the edit Editshare Server. Answer oral questions at various stages to demonstrate understanding of underpinning knowledge.

Assessment 1 of 3


Week 5ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 2 NewsAssessment 1 of 3



Week 6


ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 3 News  

Assessment 1 of 3


Week 7


ENG ‘News’ exercise field rotations Channel 4 News

Assessment 1 of 3



Week 8In conjunction with Shooting ENG ‘Location Interview’ Shoot Assessment #2 Prepare for edit by creating new project, setting capture and timeline settings. As shooting continues you will rotate in and out of the post production lab over the next few weeks. 
Week 9 Edit ENG log and load Offline EDIT 
Week 10 Edit ENG log and load Offline EDIT 
Week 11Edit ENG Offline all footage for the ‘Location Interview’ 
Week 12Edit ENG Editing Lock off picture edit


Week 13Edit ENG Editing Sound edit 
Week 14Edit ENG Editing Titles credits etc 
Week 15Edit ENG Editing Final Edits/ copying to Editshare/Reviews 
Week 16Edit ENG Final Edits/ copying to Editshare/ Reviews

Edit Assessment #2 Submissionof: Edited video project in the form of a fully self contained ‘Quicktime Movie’ Refer also to “The Brief”

Assessment 2 of 3
Week 17 EDIT EFP Editing Prepare for Edit of New project for ’EFP’ Short film (Logging and loading) Over several weeks as productions are shot you will rotate into the lab to load and review rushes. 
Week 18EDIT EFP Editing (Logging and loading)


Week 19EDIT EFP Editing Offline 
Week 20EDIT EFP Editing Lock off picture edit


Week 21EDIT EFP Editing Sound edit


Week 22EDIT EFP Editing Titles credits etc


Week 23

EDIT EFP Editing Final Edits/ copying to Editshare/Reviews

Edit Assessment #3 Submission of: Edited video project in the form of a fully self contained ‘Quicktime Movie’ Refer also to “The Brief”

Assessment 3 of 3
Week 24EDIT EFP Editing Final Edits/ copying to Editshare/Reviews

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, ‘A Complete Guide’ 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney


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

Other Resources

You may require a USB memory stick and /or a suitable hardisk drive to store media as well as blank DVD media to complete productions.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include setting up an edit station & editing a range of short productions.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.

1. Demonstrate set up, log and capture, cutting and export in ’News rounds’. Due weeks 4 -7 of Semester 1.

2. Edit an interview for ’ENG’ . Due week 16 of Semester 1.

3. Edit a short film for ’EFP’, ’SPAVIS’ and /or ’Kaleide’ . Due wwek 15 of semester 2.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG     Competency 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

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


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. Non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in a course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.

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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)

You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, 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.

Student Progress (web link)

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)

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

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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