Course Title: Vision mix television productions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5971C

Course Title: Vision mix television productions

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mark Langley
Phone: (03) 99254355

Nominal Hours: 50

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

There are no pre-requisites.

Course Description

In this course you will set up and operate a vision mixing console in a television studio and produce two multi-camera television productions. Working collaboratively with members of small groups you will also set up the studio and cameras as well as audio and lighting equipment. The course will include preparatory work such as storyboarding and script preparation.

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with CUFCAM201A Assist with a basic camera shoot and CUFCAM301A Shoot Material for Screen Productions.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFBRD402A Vision mix television productions


1.    Prepare a script or production schedule for vision mixing.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to confirm production requirements and recommend creative solutions where appropriate.
1.2 Analyse production requirements to determine quantity, nature and style of effects and processes.
1.3 Mark known effects and processes on production documentation according to enterprise procedures and confirm accuracy with relevant production personnel.
1.4 Prepare contingency plans for unscripted effects and processes that may arise during recording of productions in consultation with director or producer.
1.5 Contribute to creative process as required and explore potential for creating original ideas and proposals.


2.    Set up for vision mixing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select vision mixing methods to achieve creative and technical output for productions.
2.2 Negotiate alternative strategies with relevant production personnel where designated effects and processes are beyond the capability of available equipment.
2.3 Check that identified effects and processes are fully functional and monitors are working within specifications.
2.4 Check and assign or route required vision sources so they are accessible on the vision mixing unit and can be previewed on monitoring equipment.
2.5 Identify and note key reference points and complexities requiring special attention during production.
2.6 Ensure equipment is tested and confirm it is capable of meeting production requirements.


3.    Mix vision

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure that actions throughout productions are correctly identified on scripts or production schedules.
3.2 Communicate with relevant production personnel throughout the mixing process to achieve the desired effect.
3.3 If appropriate, preview sources throughout the production process and put to air on cue.
3.4 Respond promptly to cues received from relevant production personnel and ensure consistency of timing.
3.5 Perform planned transitions between vision sources, reassign sources as and when required, and perform effects transitions to ensure production requirements are met.
3.6 Assign effects and processes to appropriate storage device
3.7 React to equipment failure by applying alternative effects and processes as necessary.
3.8 Monitor quality of creative and technical output during productions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Set up and operate a vision mixing console in a television studio and produce two multi-camera television productions.
  • Set up studio cameras, audio and lighting equipment.
  • Prapare storyboards and scripts
  • Work cpllaboratively with production teams.



Details of Learning 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 work and preparation of Rundown Sheets.

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.
Week Class content Elements
Week 1 Introduction to Vision Mixing /Setting up and operating studio pedestals/Basic camera controls/ Analyse ‘Photo Story Board project from course guide and watch videos of Photo Story Board Productions. Studio Production Roles/ Creating the ‘Rundown’ Sheet and scripts/Introduction to the control room/Introduction to Sound mixing for TV/Introduction to vision mixing/What’s a CCU?/ What does the Router do? How do I call a Television production when I am the Directors assistant? Following a ‘Program Run In.doc’ AAA Mix TV
2 Set up for vision mixing.
1 Prepare a script or production schedule for vision mixing.

2 Prepare for vision system operation
Week 2 Vision Mixing and Technical direction Revise setting up and operating pedestals/Basic camera controls/Revise the control room inc. Sound mixing/vision mixing mixer. Mixing and TD /practice runs
Introduction to Pipeline and editshare.
Mix TV
2 & 3 Mix vision.

1 Participate in technical or creative run through &
Week 3 Mixing and TD /practice runs Photo Storyboard 1&2 Mix TV
2, 3

1, 2 & 3 Operate vision Systems. &
4 Shut down and disassemble the equipment
Week 4 Photo Storyboard 3 & 4 De Brief Photo Storyboards. View Variety interview programs from previous years.
Pre planning Variety Interviews/interview lighting
/ Using studio plans for set design and planning lighting
Mix TV.
1 - 4
Week 5 Studio planning group projects
Mixing, Technical and Camera skills Rehearsals of projects 1& 2
Mix TV. 
1 - 4
Week 6 Rehearsals of projects 3& 4 Mix TV.
1 - 4
Week 7 Variety Interview shoot 1 Variety Interview shoot 2 Mix TV.
1 - 4
Week 8 Variety Interview shoot 3 Variety Interview shoot 4 Mix TV.
1 - 4

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

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer

Overview of Assessment

Complete pre-production and production tasks and vision mix a multicamera television production.

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.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment
1.    Production of Photo Storyboard Rundown sheet. Due week 3/4
2.    Set up for & Vision Mix Photo Storyboard. Due week 3/4
3.    Production of Variety Interview Rundown sheet & Planning documents. Due week 7/8

Summative Assessment
1.    Set up for & Vision Mix Variety Interview. Due week 7/8

This is an assessment of the learner’s ability to apply a variety of skills and knowledge relating to the installation, alignment and testing of a sound system

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

Grades used in this course are as follows:

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

Other Information

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.
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