Course Title: Perform primary and secondary colour correction

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: VART6427C

Course Title: Perform primary and secondary colour correction

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4374 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course studies the techniques required to correct & use colour to create style & mood in sequences for screen industries including television & film.   

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPOS502 Perform primary and secondary colour correction


1. Clarify post production briefs.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm technical and creative briefs for proposed productions in consultation with relevant production personnel

1.2 Liaise with camera operators to select and test suitable codecs for acquisition

1.3 Evaluate creative treatment for colour grade of program

1.4 Select suitable colour grading software for the work

1.5 Test workflow for proposed media and rectify, if required, to confirm metadata is compatible with chosen software package

1.6 Ascertain deadlines for completion and modify approach to complete work on schedule


2. Prepare assets for colour grade.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check video monitor calibration, and organise correction as required

2.2 Choose suitable media drive with required performance for media assets

2.3 Ingest media and metadata assets and make required adjustments for any colourspace variations

2.4 Check transferred metadata correctly references desired edits and adjust as required

2.5 Perform backups of all supplied and generated media and metadata


3. Perform primary colour grade.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select appropriate lookup table (LUT) for media if required

3.2 Use technical scopes to read and check contrast and colour values

3.3 Adjust contrast of clips to achieve desired creative result

3.4 Adjust colour and saturation of clips to correct for imbalances and set to a neutral tone

3.5 Ensure sequential shots from scenes are suitably matched

3.6 Adjust contrast and colour to meet requirements of the brief


4. Perform secondary colour grade.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Choose clips that require secondary colour grading

4.2 Make selective adjustments to parts of the images based on colour and contrast

4.3 Make selective adjustments to images based on preset and custom shapes

4.4 Combine multiple secondary corrections in the one clip

4.5 Adjust and change values of secondary colour corrections over time, if required

4.6 Create and store different colour grade versions of the same clip, if required

4.7 Make changes as required by relevant production personnel


5. Create and output deliverables.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Check brief and supplied specification documents for required output files

5.2 Create low resolution output files

5.3 Create high resolution output files that comply with specification documents

5.4 Create metadata files if necessary

5.5 Archive all media and metadata according to enterprise procedures

5.6 Complete all required tasks within deadlines

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course you will have the skills & knowledge required to colour grade sequences using techniques including:

  • luminance balancing
  • colour channel balancing
  • shot matching
  • masking
  • using HSL keys 

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities, projects, class exercises, review discussions/lectures and independent project based work.

Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions/production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

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.

VE Week

Class content - subject to change


Week 1


Overview of the course content, resources, assessments and course expectations

  • What is colour correction?
  • Introduction to the Lumetri panel
  • Colour correction workspace
  • File and project management
  • What is primary colour correction?
    • Introduction to principles of colour correction

Includes – class exercises and discussion

Weekly guide handed out and refer to the digital version on canvas.

Week 2



  • Revision of week 1
  • Basic colour theory 1
  • Lumetri Scopes
  • Correcting luma and chroma using curves
  • Broadcast safe

Includes – class exercises and discussion


Week 3



  • Revision from week 2
  • Primary colour correction
  • Correcting luma and chroma using curves
  • Shot-to-shot consistency

Includes – class exercises and discussion


Week 4


Bringing it all together will cover:

  • Revision of weeks 1 to 4
  • Exporting a sequence
  • Quiz - Kahoot/Canvas
  • Preparation for Assessment 1

Includes – class exercises and discussion


Week 5


Practical assessment – Task 1 of 3

Perform a primary colour correction

Assessment 1:

Perform a primary colour correction

Week 6



  • Review Assessment 1
  • What is secondary colour grading?
  • Basic colour theory 2
  • Lumetri Scopes
  • HSL keys 1
  • Masks 1
  • Curves 1

Includes – class exercises and discussion


Week 7



  • Secondary colour correction
  • Lumetri Scopes
  • HSL keys 2
  • Masks 2
  • Curves 2

Includes – class exercises and discussion


Week 8



  • Secondary colour correction
  • Lumetri Scopes
  • HSL keys 3
  • Masks 3
  • Curves 3

Includes – class exercises and discussion



Mid Semester break

No class September 6


Week 9


Bringing it all together will cover:

  • Revision of weeks 6 to 8
  • Quiz - Kahoot/Canvas
  • Preparation for Assessment 2

Includes – class exercises and discussion


Week 10


Practical assessment – Task 2 of 3

Perform a primary & secondary colour correction

Assessment 2:

Perform a primary & secondary colour correction


AFL Grand Final Public Holiday

No class September 27


Week 11



  • Review Assessment 2
  • Creating LUTs for correction and creative purposes

Includes – class exercises and discussion


Week 12


Practical assessment – Task 3 of 3

Colour grade to achieve specific style & mood

Assessment 3:

Colour grade to achieve specific style & mood

Week 13


Edit Shoot Production


Week 14


Edit Shoot Production / Edit Showreel


Week 15


Edit Showreel




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.


It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Harddrive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.


The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. is available via your Library login.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

[Graded Course]

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive a grade for your final assessment task. The graded assessment task will determine your final result for this course. (Refer to myRMIT for grading rubric).

Ungraded assessment tasks

Colour 1of3 - work individually to perform a primary colour correction.  Due week 5.

Colour 2of3 - work individually to perform primary & secondary colour correction.  Due week 10

Graded assessment tasks

Colour 3of3 - work individually to grade a sequence to a brief.  Due week 12


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria. 

Results that apply to Graded courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:


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 matrices are available through 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:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

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

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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