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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Vision control television productions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243976  Vision control television productions 
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 
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 to ensure picture quality by lining up vision sources, determining camera output parameters, and monitoring and controlling picture quality and camera output parameters during recording and transmission of live or recorded, and indoor our outdoor television productions.

Picture quality is one of the most important aspects impacting on overall production quality, as experienced by audiences. Adhering to production and technical requirements improves (internal or external) customer satisfaction by ensuring that outputs meet expectations and therefore, can impact positively on the image of the television industry.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Lining up vision sources for production.
  • Determining camera output parameters for shots.
  • Monitoring and controlling picture quality during recording and transmission.
  • Controlling camera output parameters during recording and transmission. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Vision control can be live or recorded, and indoor our outdoor. Other range statements are provided with the specific outcomes and assessment criteria where applicable. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Line up vision sources for production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Monitors are lined up according to technical production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Video signals are within the range of systems in use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Specified legal and regulatory requirements are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sources are timed according to suite requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Picture exposure and colour balance are matched between cameras according to given specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine camera output parameters for shots. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Required technical specifications and picture styles are identified from appropriate information sources and any areas of uncertainty are clarified with relevant persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Camera settings are determined to achieve the required aesthetic effect according to agreed technical standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Camera vision and colour control settings are confirmed against line-up requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Camera parameters are set to ensure that output meets the required technical specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Camera parameters are set consistently for specific productions across all cameras in use. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor and control picture quality during recording and transmission. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Quality includes technical and aesthetic quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specified definition is maintained throughout shooting. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Definition includes tone, mood, light level, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Technical problems and faults are identified promptly and all relevant persons are informed according to specified organisation procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Technical faults can include equipment faults, operator faults, shadows, set problems, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Output from picture sources is compared with appropriate picture reference test equipment and signals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Discrepancies in output from picture sources are identified promptly and accurately, and accurately adjusted according to specified technical standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sources are previewed and their quality confirmed prior to use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Output is consistent across all sources used. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Control camera output parameters during recording and transmission. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Camera outputs are previewed at specified times before and during use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Preview facilities and monitoring of camera output are sufficient to identify deviations from technical specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Camera parameters are adjusted promptly and accurately to maintain required colour balance and level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Talk-back and communications equipment are used according to manufacturer specifications and specified organisation procedures. 


    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:
  • Nature and use of test charts.
  • Nature and use of equipment, including monitoring equipment (e.g. video monitors, waveform monitors, vector scopes, etc.), vision switching equipment, vision source equipment, communications links between sources and destinations, talk-back and communications equipment, etc.
  • Timing sources.
  • Picture exposure, colour balance and level, definition, grading, over runs, lift, gain, gamma and colour bias.
  • Camera types, channels, outputs, parameters and operation (e.g. vision and colour control settings).
  • Auto and manual camera line up procedures.
  • Preview facilities and monitoring of camera output.
  • Video signals.
  • Purpose and use of picture reference test signals and equipment.
  • Relevant technical standards, specifications and picture styles.
  • Technical problems and faults.
  • Purpose of line-up.
  • Use of test equipment.
  • Programme chain/process.
  • Relevant legal and regulatory requirements. 

  • 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 picture exposure and colour balance are matched between cameras according to given specifications, camera settings are determined to achieve the required aesthetic effect according to agreed technical standards, preview facilities and monitoring of camera output are sufficient to identify deviations from technical specifications, and camera parameters are adjusted promptly and accurately to maintain required colour balance and level. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when all relevant persons are informed regarding technical problems and faults, and specified definition is maintained throughout shooting. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when specified legal and regulatory requirements are adhered to, camera parameters are set consistently for specific productions across all cameras in use, sources are previewed and their quality confirmed prior to use, and camera outputs are previewed at specified times before and during use. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when required technical specifications and picture styles are identified from appropriate information sources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when any areas of uncertainty regarding required technical specifications and picture styles are clarified with relevant persons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when video signals are within the range of systems in use, discrepancies in output from picture sources are identified promptly and accurately, and accurately adjusted according to specified technical standard, and talk-back and communications equipment are used according to manufacturer specifications and specified organisation procedures. 

    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 monitors are lined up according to technical production requirements, sources are timed according to suite requirements, camera vision and colour control settings are confirmed against line-up requirements, camera parameters are set to ensure that output meets the required technical specifications, and output from picture sources is compared with appropriate picture reference test equipment and signals. 

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