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MEA1002 Creative Editing

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Stuart Thorp
Moderator: Leonie Jones


This course provides an introduction to digital video editing and colour grading for incorporation into creative Media Arts and Multimedia products.


Students will develop an understanding of video editing techniques for Creative Arts, TV, film, and web, using different video formats, compressing techniques, and file formats for the deployment of video footage into creative Media production.
Students well also learn digital processing techniques, editing methods, and colour grading. Presentational contexts will be considered for the specific requirements of video in creative Media Arts and Multimedia production.


On completion of this course students will demonstrate:

  1. the recognition of the role of the video as an image source in creative media and multimedia production;
  2. the application of a knowledge of computer based video capture and processing techniques and systems;
  3. skills in editing and re-editing video material for creative media applications;
  4. preparation of digital video materials for a specific presentational context including Internet streaming, CD and DVD authoring;
  5. communication skills appropriate to the profession by presenting a production;
  6. apply colour grading to video projects.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The role of the computer as an image source in Web and Multimedia production

Frame reference and screen design
2. Video capture and processing systems

Video capture techniques

Computer video file formats
3. Video processing techniques

in Colour grading and correction in software driven post production


Overlays and super imposition

Titling and transition

Audio file preparation
4. Editing and re-editing digital video material

Edit decision lists and timelines



Audio synchronisation

File format conversions
5. Preparation of digital video materials for a specific presentational context

Internet streaming

Incorporation into Creative Media Arts and Multimedia projects - Web, CD, tape and DVD authoring

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Brenneis, L 2010, Final Cut pro 7, Peachpit Press, Berkley.
  • At least three (3) blank CD-R discs or DVD disks.
  • For this course, students are required to purchase an External 7200 rpm Hard Drive with Firewire. This hardware will be necessary for use over the duration of the three years of the degree course.
  • For this course, students must have access to an Apple computer and Final Cut Studio 2. This hardware and software will be necessary for use over the duration of the three years of the degree course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Anderson, GH 1999, Video editing and post production: a professional guide, 4th edn, Focal Press, Boston.
  • Chapman, N & Chapman, J 2004, Digital multimedia, 2nd edn, Wiley, Chichester.
  • Clark, B and Spohr, SJ 2002, Guide to postproduction for TV and film: managing the process, 2nd edn, Focal Press, London.
  • Cohen, H, Salazar, J & Barkat, I 2009, Screen media arts, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
  • Dancyger, K 2002, The technique of film and video editing: theory and practice, 3rd edn, Focal Press, Oxford.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 92.00
Private Study 73.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 25 30 Mar 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 25 04 May 2012 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 50 08 Jun 2012 (see note 3)

  1. Students will be advised of the assessment due dates. This assessment item relates to all of the Objectives.
  2. This assessment item relates to Objectives 1, 3 & 4.
  3. This assessment item relates to all of the Objectives.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the studentsí responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks .

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.