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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare and operate off-line video editing equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13796  Prepare and operate off-line video editing equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
People credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Prepare media and equipment
  • Assemble and review materials
  • Complete editing operations 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard have an awareness of:
  • Sound, lighting, camera, directing, television production principles
  • Television systems and signals
  • Television language 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard will be useful to people who work in the audio-visual production industry and has to edit programmes using off-line video editing equipment.
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare media and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The source tapes are correctly identified and obtained in time for the session. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Where the format of source materials is not suitable for the equipment to be used, arrangements are made for them to be transferred to the appropriate format in time for use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Relevant information about source materials is noted accurately and in sufficient detail to enable the materials to be accessed and used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Original materials are handled and stored safely as required by enterprise practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Sufficient recording media is prepared to last the session. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The operation of editing equipment is checked and confirmed as operational prior to use and appropriate action taken to resolve any faults or problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Faults or problems, if any, are identified promptly, remedial action taken in terms of own responsibility and faults reported to the relevant person. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assemble and review materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Editing equipment is controlled as required by manufacturer's operational instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Edit points are identified precisely and located exactly to meet task specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Where applicable, the use of various reference codes is managed correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Video and audio timecodes, key codes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Equipment is operated to recorded selected source materials onto the edit tape. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Identification of edit points, split edits, preview edits, make edits, review edits, insert or assemble.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Source sounds are recorded onto the required audio track and synchronism is maintained where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Audio levels are monitored and adjusted to maintain the required signal strength. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The technical quality of edited materials is reviewed in terms of meeting the required technical standard and in sufficient detail to identify potential problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. The cause and source of potential problems are investigated and where original materials are judged to be unusable, alternative materials are used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Paper logs or computer logs are generated accurately for the on-line edit. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Complete editing operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Documentation is completed and all materials archived as required by enterprise practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Identified faults in equipment and material are reported as required by enterprise practice. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.
    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the MAPPP SETA ETQA.

    Moderation Option:
    The moderation requirements of MAPPP-SETA`s ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
    1. The nature and functions of off-line editing equipment.
    2. The technical standards that the sources materials must meet.
    3. The range of different formats of source materials and the format(s) suitable for different types of editing equipment;
    4. Editing techniques.
    5. Operations of the editing equipment.
    6. Monitoring Levels.
    7. Proper handling and storage methods of original materials.
    8. How to prepare recording storage media.
    9 How to check the operation of equipment;
    10. The types of problems and faults which may arise, how to recognise these and action which may be taken to resolve them;
    11. Who to report faults to when it is not possible to rectify them. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve editing problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking to take remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the production requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves (on the production) and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete work operations within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect an analyse editing information and critically evaluate the effect of it on the production. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (colleagues), using visual and / or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (video equipment) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (venue) and health of others (colleagues). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that the production world is a set of related systems and that problem-solving do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
    1. Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
    2. Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
    3. Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
    4. The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
    5. The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
    6. All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58394   National Certificate: Film and Television Production  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking (Pty) Ltd 
    2. FILM Mentorship & Training 
    3. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    4. South African Film Institute 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.