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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Edit picture and sound to specification 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243973  Edit picture and sound to specification 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Media Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
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 
The purpose of the learning is that learners are able to edit picture and sound (including music) under the supervision of an editor, and according to the requirements of specific film or television productions.

Editing picture and sound ensures the quality of products for film and television, and requires working with the relevant production team to achieve the intended output. Editing requires a detailed knowledge of the production process and provides a basis for learning to edit entire productions for film and television. Adhering to production requirements improves (internal or external) customer satisfaction by ensuring that outputs meet expectations, and, therefore, can impact positively on the image of the film and television industry.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Assess editing requirements for specific productions.
  • Agree editing outcomes, media and processes with relevant decision-makers.
  • Assess materials against given production requirements.
  • Produce first cuts based on agreed editing outcomes.
  • Record editing process information for future reference. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Assemble picture and sound to specification at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are provided with the specific outcomes and assessment criteria where applicable. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess editing requirements for specific productions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Editing requirements are identified from all relevant sources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Editing requirements relate to aspect ratio requirements, formats, content, style, duration, etc. for specific processes such as subtitling, checkerboarding, logging, etc., and requirements can be given in writing or verbally.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sources of information regarding editing requirements are appropriate for specific production contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Production information is reviewed and implications for editing processes are accurately identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Requirements for transferring pictures and sound to different formats for editing are accurately identified and specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The impact of selected editing media and processes on other production processes is accurately assessed in terms of changes required to such processes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Agree editing outcomes, media and processes with relevant decision-makers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A range of editing media and processes are identified and assessed in terms of advantages, disadvantages and capabilities that are potentially suitable for specific production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Editing approaches and styles are suggested and production changes that would facilitate editing processes are recommended to all relevant decision-makers in time for changes to be made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Editing media and processes are recommended based on the greatest potential for meeting aesthetic, stylistic and technical needs within given time frames and budgets. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Editing outcomes, media and processes are agreed realistically in terms of available time and resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Editing outcomes, media and processes are agreed all relevant decision-makers before editing commences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Creative, technical and ethical options are discussed and agreed with all relevant decision-makers. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assess materials against given production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The content of materials is identified and confirmed from all appropriate information sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The quality and quantity of materials are accurately assessed against specified production requirements and production purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Shots and scenes are evaluated in terms of potential contribution to and impact on specified production message and purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Additional materials required are identified where relevant and all relevant decision-makers are informed as soon as possible. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Materials are viewed to determine ongoing shooting and recording technique and procedure changes and all information is communicated with relevant decision-makers as soon as possible. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Produce first cuts based on agreed editing outcomes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential sequences of pictures and sound are identified based on production and audience requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sequences of pictures and sound are selected that best meet production and audience needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Intended meaning and significance of words and images are retained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Editing conventions are applied according to the nature, style and artistic effect required for specific productions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Artistic effects can include visual effects (e.g. slow motion), chromakey, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Edits are evaluated throughout editing processes and modifications improve quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Artistic and/or technical problems which cannot be resolved are referred to relevant decision-makers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Creative, technical and ethical options are discussed and agreed with all relevant decision-makers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Changes required are agreed with all relevant decision-makers. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Agreement includes the specific nature, extent and deadline for changes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Technology is used correctly according to manufacturer specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Record editing process information for future reference and production processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Decisions and opinions regarding material evaluation are noted clearly and accurately in the specified format and level of detail according to specified organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Edits are prepared according to film negative and laboratory process requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The editing process is recorded according to specified organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Editing decision lists are compiled that are accurate, complete, and up to date. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Artistic or technical problems which cannot be resolved are recorded according to specified organisation procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Information is stored securely and accessible for future reference. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Production processes, information and requirements (i.e. film production products and processes) for editing.
  • Film and laboratory procedures (e.g. negatives), and limitations for and due to editing.
  • Editing requirements (e.g. aspect ratio requirements, formats, content, style, duration, etc.).
  • Sources of information regarding editing requirements.
  • Transferring pictures and sound to different formats.
  • Editing media and processes, advantages, disadvantages and capabilities, and aesthetic, stylistic and technical needs.
  • Editing approaches and styles.
  • Sequences of pictures and sound, intended meaning and significance of words and images.
  • Ethical decisions in the editing process.
  • Shots and scenes quality and impact on specified production message and purpose.
  • Shooting and recording techniques and procedures.
  • Editing conventions, and the nature, style and artistic effect required.
  • Artistic or technical problems.
  • Editing decision lists.
  • Information security and storage. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions when a range of editing media and processes are identified and assessed in terms of advantages, disadvantages and capabilities that are potentially suitable for specific production requirements, editing media and processes are recommended based on the greatest potential for meeting aesthetic, stylistic and technical needs within given time frames and budgets, and shots and scenes are evaluated in terms of potential contribution to and impact on specified production message and purpose. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to agree editing outcomes, media and processes with relevant decision-makers, and when materials are viewed to determine ongoing shooting and recording technique and procedure changes, all information is communicated with relevant decision-makers as soon as possible, and creative, technical and ethical options are discussed and agreed with all relevant decision-makers. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when production changes are recommended in time for changes to be made and artistic or technical problems which cannot be resolved are referred to relevant decision-makers. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to assess editing requirements for specific productions, and to assess materials against given production requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to record editing process information for future reference. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when requirements for transferring pictures and sound to different formats for editing are accurately identified and specified, first cuts are produced based on agreed editing outcomes and editing conventions are applied according to the nature, style and artistic effect required for specific productions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when the impact of selected editing media and processes on other production processes is accurately assessed in terms of changes required to such processes, potential sequences of pictures and sound are identified based on production requirements and sequences of pictures and sound are selected that best meet production needs. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Notes to assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • 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, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • 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 learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner 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.
  • 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. 

  • 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. Artshub Institute 
    2. Aviwe Business Development and 
    3. BDCE (Pty) Ltd 
    4. Big Fish 
    5. BLC Entertainment 
    6. CREATIVE ARTS COLLEGE 
    7. Digital Media Arts College 
    8. Epitome Villa (Pty)Ltd 
    9. EYETHU NATIONAL COMPUTER COLLEGE PTY LTD 
    10. FILM Mentorship & Training SA 
    11. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    12. Frayintermedia Cc 
    13. Gold Class Group 
    14. Greenview Training and Development Skills Centre 
    15. Institute for the Advancement 
    16. IT Labs Consulting 
    17. Johannesburg Institute of Engi 
    18. MBOWA COLLEGE PTY LTD 
    19. Media Village Training 
    20. Movietech Film and Television College 
    21. OL Afrika Media 
    22. OPELONG BUSINESS INSTITUTE (PT 
    23. Peo Entle HIV Wellness Management and Youth Skills Development NPO 
    24. Pracical Audio Solution 
    25. PRX SCHOOL TEST 
    26. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    27. SA College of Technology (PTY) 
    28. SOUTH AFRICAN CORPORATE TRAINI 
    29. Southern Africa Youth Project 
    30. The Camera Academy 
    31. The Media Workshop 
    32. The Open Window (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    34. VUTHLARI MARKETING CONSULTING 
    35. Youth Media Movement 
    36. ZA WIT (PTY) LTD 



    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.