Unit of competency details

CUFPOS201A - Perform basic vision and sound editing (Release 1)


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Is superseded by and equivalent to CUAPOS201 - Perform basic vision and sound editingUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Minor edits to elements and performance criteria. 13/Jan/2016

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1 1 (this release) 29/Oct/2010

Qualifications that include this unit

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ICT50115 - Diploma of Information TechnologyDiploma of Information TechnologySuperseded
ICT50915 - Diploma of Digital Media TechnologiesDiploma of Digital Media TechnologiesSuperseded
ICT20115 - Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and TechnologyCertificate II in Information, Digital Media and TechnologySuperseded
ICA20111 - Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and TechnologyCertificate II in Information, Digital Media and TechnologySuperseded
ICA50111 - Diploma of Information TechnologyDiploma of Information TechnologySuperseded1-2 
CUF30107 - Certificate III in MediaCertificate III in MediaSuperseded
CUF20107 - Certificate II in Creative Industries (Media)Certificate II in Creative Industries (Media)Superseded
CUF40107 - Certificate IV in Screen and MediaCertificate IV in Screen and MediaSuperseded
ICA50911 - Diploma of Digital Media TechnologiesDiploma of Digital Media TechnologiesSuperseded1-2 
CUS40209 - Certificate IV in Sound ProductionCertificate IV in Sound ProductionSuperseded1-2 
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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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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform basic editing functions in relation to film, television and interactive media productions.

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

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

Editing assistants apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. Under the direction of an editor or senior editor, they are responsible for digitising, cutting and logging pre-recorded image and audio content. Editors then take this material and complete the editing process.

Within clearly defined parameters, editing assistants are also responsible for editing content using the basic functions of editing software.

More complex skills associated with digital editing are covered in:

  • CUFPOS401A Edit screen content for fast turnaround.

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



Prepare source materials for edit

1. Clarify technical and creative requirements  for production  and online editing  in consultation with relevant production personnel 

2. Obtain and label source materials  and keep in a safe, clean location with appropriate documentation 

3. Organise transfer of source materials to appropriate medium  where necessary

4. Check that sufficient storage and memory  is available to meet content resolution requirements

5. Assess source materials for technical and creative quality and arrange for remedial action where problems are identified

6. Digitise content according to specified formats  and burn time code where applicable, ensuring format is compatible with available software  and hardware 

7. Align, synchronise and organise uncut images and sound in preparation for evaluation and editing

8. In consultation with relevant production personnel, finalise list of shots required for the edit and the method for logging them

Log content for editing

9. Check editing facilities  are operational and arrange for faults or problems to be resolved according to enterprise procedures

10. Obtain required editing consumable materials  and ensure sufficient supplies are available to meet editing schedules

11. Load source materials onto appropriate editing facility, ensuring correct image and sound are ready for use and that images and sound are synchronised or aligned accurately

12. Identify required shots  and sequences from source materials and catalogue them in the agreed way

13. Log  selected edits with reference to time codes  and shot descriptions according to enterprise procedures

14. Use a batch digitise list to digitise selected sequences according to relevant documentation and consistent with technical and creative requirements

15. Create edit decision lists  (EDLs) according to instructions from relevant production personnel

16. Organise and save selected materials according to overall editing requirements

17. Finalise logging sheets and submit EDLs to relevant production personnel by the agreed deadline

Perform basic edits

18. Use software functions  to assemble sequences according to EDLs and within time constraints

19. Review edited sequences to evaluate quality and content and to identify problems

20. Manipulate the editing software to solve identified problems and seek expert advice if required

21. Submit sequences to relevant production personnel for feedback according to enterprise procedures

22. Amend sequences as required and save in appropriate format

23. Ensure source materials, selected materials and back-up copies are stored securely and labelled correctly

24. Complete required documentation, noting variations and issues from original instructions

25. Leave workstation in original or improved condition, ensuring there has been no adverse impact on site

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • communication, teamwork and organisational skills sufficient to:
  • arrange film, television and interactive media content logically and accurately
  • liaise with relevant production personnel, e.g. editors, directors
  • understand and follow instructions as required
  • technical skills sufficient to:
  • edit simple image and audio sequences and segments, including dialogue
  • digitise pre-recorded content, e.g. film, analogue video
  • follow relevant file management protocols for specified operating systems
  • self-management skills sufficient to:
  • prioritise work tasks
  • meet deadlines
  • seek expert assistance when problems arise
  • literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to:
  • identify and label accurately source materials and copies
  • implement and record time codes and timings
  • document image and sound components, e.g. completion of logging sheets

Required knowledge 

  • familiarity with basic picture and sound editing conventions and techniques
  • industry knowledge, including:
  • roles and responsibilities of post-production personnel
  • basic understanding of the features and capabilities of facilities and equipment for sound editing and broadcast
  • working knowledge of a range of editing software and equipment
  • OHS requirements as they apply to use of computers and keyboards

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:

  • systematic preparation of content segments for editing from source video or film
  • correct identification and logging of single images, audio grabs and basic sequences
  • ability to transfer and digitise video and film materials
  • collaborative approach to work
  • attention to detail
  • ability to work to deadlines.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to a range of pre-recorded films and videos
  • availability of a range of editing facilities - non-broadcast and broadcast
  • exposure to a range of computer software for editing and documentation of image and audio
  • 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 a range of material prepared, logged and edited by the candidate in response to instructions received from a supervising editor
  • written or verbal questioning to test knowledge as listed in the required skills and knowledge section of this unit.

Guidance information for assessment 

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

  • CUFDIG301A Prepare video assets
  • CUFSOU204A Perform basic sound editing
  • 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.

Technical and creative requirements  may include:

  • ADR (additional dialogue recording)
  • audio levels
  • break in control track
  • colour bars
  • drop-outs
  • film leaders
  • graphics
  • production style
  • quality of image/sound
  • rushes
  • script materials
  • sequences, e.g.:
  • vision cuts
  • sound editing, e.g. dialogue
  • voice-over
  • music
  • sync marks
  • tape black
  • time codes.

Productions  may include:

  • animated productions
  • commercials
  • documentaries
  • feature films
  • filmed events or performances
  • music video
  • pre-recorded television productions
  • short films
  • television productions, e.g. music, drama, comedy, variety, sport.

Editing  may include:

  • computerised data
  • digital non-linear
  • film
  • linear
  • off-line
  • online
  • video.

Production personnel  may include:

  • assistant editor
  • CGI (computer generated imagery) personnel
  • designers
  • director
  • director of photography
  • editing suite personnel
  • editor
  • floor manager
  • laboratory personnel
  • music composer
  • picture editing personnel
  • producer
  • production designer
  • production manager
  • sound editing personnel
  • sound effects personnel
  • technical director
  • other technical/specialist staff.

Source materials  may include:

  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • film
  • graphics
  • internet
  • mini disks (MDs)
  • stills
  • tape (analogue; camera, digital)
  • work prints
  • work tapes.

Documentation  may include:

  • assembly order
  • budgets
  • call/running sheets
  • camera reports
  • computer generated
  • continuity reports
  • contracts
  • EDLs (edit decision lists)
  • fault reports
  • hire agreements
  • list of sequences with relevant shot numbers
  • logging sheets
  • manually written
  • manufacture schedules
  • manufacturer specifications/instructions
  • marked-up scripts
  • marked-up transcripts
  • memos of instruction
  • operational/project plan
  • production schedules
  • scripts
  • sound reports
  • sound sheets, e.g.:
  • time-code log sheets for location sound recordings
  • wild-line and sound effects log sheets.

Medium  may include:

  • computer disk, e.g. CD/DVD
  • film of any gauge, e.g.:
  • 16 mm
  • 35 mm
  • super 35 mm
  • 70 mm
  • mini disk
  • sound
  • video of any format, e.g.:
  • miniDV
  • DVCam
  • Betacam
  • SP and digital Betacam
  • vision.

Storage and memory  may include:

  • disk space (hard, optical, floppy)
  • film duplicates
  • flash memory, e.g. USB drives
  • solid state, e.g. RAM.

Formats  may include:

  • audio/sound, e.g.:
  • DAT
  • AIFF
  • WAV
  • MIDI
  • MP3
  • magnetic tape
  • computerised data
  • film of any gauge
  • graphics
  • stills
  • video of any format, e.g.:
  • DVC
  • VHS
  • Beta
  • HDTV
  • AVI
  • MPEG.

Software  may include:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Avid Liquid Pro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Ulead MediaStudio Pro.

Hardware  may include:

  • computers, e.g. PC, Macintosh, Avid
  • DVD/CD player
  • edit controllers, e.g. Lightworks
  • external hard drives
  • iPod
  • source and record machines, e.g. Beta, VHS, DAT
  • Steenbeck
  • video machines/recorders.

Editing facilities  may include:

  • digital non-linear, e.g. Mac G5, Avid
  • editing bins
  • linear, e.g. Steenbeck, Beta, VHS
  • off-line
  • online
  • pic sync
  • rewinders
  • synchronisers
  • viewers.

Consumable materials  may include:

  • audio tape
  • computer disks
  • DVDs
  • film cans
  • labels
  • marking pens
  • video/DVD cases
  • viewer globes.

Shots  may include:

  • bird's eye
  • close-ups
  • cutaways
  • high-angle, low-angle
  • long shot, mid shot
  • medium close-ups
  • noddy
  • pans
  • reverses
  • tilts
  • two shot
  • wide shots
  • wide-angle.

Log  may include:

  • can ID
  • counter reading
  • drop-outs/faults
  • in point
  • out point
  • shot descriptions
  • tape ID
  • time code
  • timings.

Time codes  may include:

  • burned-in code
  • clapperboard/slate
  • frame rates
  • genlock
  • keyed-in code
  • LTC (longitudinal time code)
  • synchronisers
  • time-code rates
  • VITC (vertical interval time code).

Items to be noted in edit decision lists  may include:

  • composition
  • coverage
  • dialogue
  • effects transitions, e.g.:
  • wipes
  • dissolves
  • fades
  • use of graphics
  • frame ratio and rate
  • framing
  • glitches, faults, drop-outs
  • music
  • pacing
  • script changes
  • soundtrack
  • special effects
  • tempo - duration of shots and segments
  • timing.

Software functions  may include:

  • adjusting audio levels
  • inserting:
  • transitions
  • sound effects
  • music
  • voice-overs
  • basic titles and captions
  • still images
  • overlays
  • manipulating still images, e.g.:
  • panning
  • zooming
  • manipulating video and audio clips, e.g.:
  • cutting
  • pasting
  • copying
  • moving
  • splitting.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Media and entertainment production - post-production

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units