Unit of competency details

CUFDIG301A - Prepare video assets (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUADIG301 - Prepare video assetsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Performance criteria edited and added. 13/Jan/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/Nov/2010

Training packages that include this unit

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ICT - Information and Communications TechnologyInformation and Communications Technology 1.0 
ICP - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 1.0-1.1 
ICA11 - Information and Communications Technology Training PackageInformation and Communications Technology Training Package 1.0-2.0 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
CUE03 - Entertainment Training PackageEntertainment Training Package 3.1-3.2 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 

Qualifications that include this unit

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CUA30413 - Certificate III in Live Production and ServicesCertificate III in Live Production and Services
ICT30115 - Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and TechnologyCertificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
CUF30107 - Certificate III in MediaCertificate III in Media
ICP40815 - Certificate IV in ePublishingCertificate IV in ePublishing
CUE40303 - Certificate IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)Certificate IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)1-2 
CUV30311 - Certificate III in Design FundamentalsCertificate III in Design Fundamentals
CUF40207 - Certificate IV in Interactive Digital MediaCertificate IV in Interactive Digital Media
CUA40413 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical ServicesCertificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services
ICA30111 - Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and TechnologyCertificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology1-2 
CUV40311 - Certificate IV in DesignCertificate IV in Design
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100701 Audio Visual Studies 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100701 Audio Visual Studies 25/Sep/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare video assets for inclusion in interactive media.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

The size of an organisation or project determines who undertakes the role described in this unit.

In a large-scale environment, the person responsible for this task would typically be supervised by a video editor and an interactive media author.

In a television production environment, the prime focus of the task involves converting television programs into podcast material or in a form appropriate to streaming or downloading, and this may be a dedicated role under the supervision of a producer.

In a smaller organisation or project, a video editor or interactive author or programmer would absorb this task into their own role.

In all cases, they are collaborating closely with other team members.

Skills associated with other aspects of video production at this level are covered in:

  • CUFCAM201A Assist with a basic camera shoot
  • CUFPOS201A Perform basic vision and sound editing.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Identify video assets

1. Obtain digital sources of video

2. Identify file format of source video 

3. Identify output purpose , destination  and platform 

4. Discuss with relevant personnel  required output file format  and codecs  for specified bandwidths

5. Discuss with relevant personnel appropriate video encoding software 

Prepare video assets

6. Open appropriate video encoding software and load video file

7. Ensure duration of video sequences meets that required by the specification, and clip if necessary

8. Determine and apply appropriate video and audio codecs

9. Batch and optimise video files where possible

10. Save files in appropriate output file format using standard naming conventions

Package video assets

11. Assign metadata tags  if required

12. Group files logically in folder system using standard naming conventions

13. Store in share drive or asset repository for production team access

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication and literacy skills sufficient to interpret and clarify written or verbal instructions
  • ability to work as a member of a production team - both independently on assignment and under direction
  • technical skills sufficient to:
  • proficiently use video software to prepare video sequences for inclusion in an interactive media product
  • manage files using standard naming conventions
  • apply appropriate metadata tags to describe files
  • self-management and planning skills sufficient to:
  • prioritise work tasks
  • meet deadlines
  • seek expert assistance when problems arise

Required knowledge 

  • techniques for saving and preparing digital video output to optimise file size
  • OHS standards as they relate to working for periods of time on computers
  • industry knowledge, including:
  • roles and responsibilities of project team members, e.g. designers, content creators, information architects, programmers and coders
  • basic understanding of the relationship between technical and creative aspects and requirements of interactive media projects
  • basic knowledge of the features of a range of delivery platforms
  • basic understanding of what happens when video files are compressed for inclusion in interactive media products
  • appropriate codecs for various platforms and destinations
  • digital video source and output formats

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • preparation of a range of video sequences to be included in interactive media products that meet appropriate technical specifications
  • proficient use of video encoding software.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to industry-standard video encoding software
  • access to appropriate learning and assessment support when required
  • use of culturally appropriate processes and techniques appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of learners and the work being performed.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance
  • evaluation of video assets prepared by the candidate on a number of occasions
  • written or oral questioning to test knowledge of codecs for various platforms and understanding of file compression.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • CUFSOU301A Prepare audio assets.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

File format of source video  includes:

  • Betacam, including SP and digital
  • DVC
  • DVD
  • miniDV
  • SVHS
  • Umatic
  • VHS.

Purpose  may include:

  • animation
  • e-learning resource
  • game
  • interactive application
  • website.

Destination  may include:

  • computer-based playback software, such as iTunes
  • downloading server
  • internet video players, such as:
  • QuickTime
  • Windows Media Player
  • RealPlayer
  • progressive downloading (buffering) server
  • streaming server.

Platform  may include:

  • CD
  • DVD
  • games console
  • internet
  • kiosk
  • mobile phone
  • other video playback devices
  • personal digital assistant (PDA)
  • video player (iPods).

Relevant personnel  may include:

  • client
  • producer
  • programmer and technical support people
  • supervisor
  • video editor
  • other specialist creative and administrative staff.

Output file formats  include:

  • FLV
  • lossless and lossy
  • M4V
  • MOV
  • MPEG-2
  • MPEG-4
  • RealMedia
  • WAV
  • WMV.

Codecs  may include:

  • audio codecs, including:
  • mono and stereo
  • bit sampling rates and bit depth
  • standardised and pre-set codecs
  • video codecs, including:
  • screen size
  • frame rate
  • bit rate (constant and variable)
  • one pass and double pass
  • standardised and pre-set codecs, such as:
  • H.261, H.263 and H.264
  • MPEG
  • Sorenson, Cinepak, RealVideo
  • MMV.

Video encoding software  may include:

  • specialised video compression tools, such as DivX and Squeeze
  • video editing tools, such as:
  • Adobe Premier
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Final Cut Express
  • QuickTime Pro
  • Media 100
  • iMovie
  • Movie Maker
  • WaveLab.

Metadata tags  may include:

  • author
  • copyright
  • description
  • other as specified
  • resolution
  • version.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Visual communication - digital content and imaging

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units