Set up and operate a basic video camera

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CUFCAM01A, 'Set up and operate a basic video camera'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Set up and operate a basic video camera' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Select and prepare camera equipment and materials


Confirm equipment and stock requirements for the shoot


Obtain and clean equipment and ensure that it is operational


Recognise faults and defects and refer these to specialist technicians


Obtain all required stock and consumables and ensure that it is present in sufficient quantity to meet the filming requirements and is available at the correct location and time of the filming


Charge and maintain batteries throughout shoot


Ensure power supply is appropriate and available


Ensure the charger is suitable for the batteries used


Safely charge the batteries according to manufacturer's recommendations


Maintain charged batteries to meet the requirements of filming duration


Install or check camera support equipment


Determine the support requirements and position of camera


Install supports in the appropriate position and at the appropriate height to achieve the camera shot required


Ensure that support is secure, avoids damage to any equipment and provides satisfactory camera support


Install camera, lenses and other accessories


Select and securely fit the correct camera lens and filters according to the identified creative requirements


Install other camera accessories and special requirements correctly


Lift camera, using safe lifting and handling techniques and secure to support, if required


Secure camera safely to avoid damage


Test all operational aspects of the camera


Check the recording functions of the video camera to achieve accurate technical output


Check the exposure, colour and focus aspects of the camera to achieve the desired artistic and technical results


Check the chosen filters to ensure that they achieve the desired artistic and technical results


Check pan and tilt movements, if required


Prepare and load videotapes


Label all cassettes accurately


Load and check videotape into camera for recording


Confirm readiness for shooting with the relevant personnel


Operate the camera


Operate camera in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and guidelines


Consider camera shots and angles to ensure filming produces the desired result


Employ photographic and composition techniques to achieve the creative requirements


Ensure that any camera movement is steady and smooth throughout the duration of filming


Adjust and move equipment, as required, during the filming


Disassemble camera, accessories and support equipment


Break down and carry video camera, accessories and supports employing safe lifting techniques


Clean and safely pack all equipment into cases to avoid damage and prepare for transport


Report and document any equipment that is damaged and requires maintenance to the relevant personnel


Leave the filming site in the original or improved condition, ensuring that there has been no adverse impact on the site

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUFCAM01A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICA50905 - Diploma of Information Technology (Multimedia)
  • ICA40805 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Multimedia)