Record sound on location

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 CUSSOU406A, 'Record sound on location'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Prepare for location recording

1. Confirm recording requirements in consultation with relevant personnel and with reference to scripts and other production documentation

2. Check that sound equipment and accessories are in working order prior to shoots

3. Ensure adequate supply of consumables is available for duration of sound recordings

Capture dialogue

4. Participate in technical run-throughs or rehearsals to determine optimum positioning of boom and microphone for recording shots

5. Rig sound equipment and accessories in line with safety, technical and production requirements

6. Attach radio or clip microphones to actors' clothing as required

7. Ensure run-up time is sufficient and synchronisation codes are referenced to allow stable sound recording

8. Move boom according to scripted shots and respond to direction

9. Follow the actions and anticipate movements of relevant personnel

10. Ensure movement of boom is unobtrusive and sympathetic to actions of relevant personnel and does not generate unwanted noise

11. Monitor sound through headphones to ensure unwanted sounds are not being captured

12. Communicate with relevant personnel with minimal disruption to operations

13. Correct equipment failures with minimal disruption to operations

Capture sound effects

14. Record background location sound for use in post-production

15. Place multiple microphones in different positions to capture sound perspective of effects being recorded

16. Listen critically to recorded sound and re-record as required to achieve desired effect

Finalise sound-recording operations

17. Save recordings in the appropriate format and log/file in line with organisational procedures

18. Make safety copies or backups in line with organisational procedures

19. De-rig, check and clean sound equipment and accessories

20. Leave locations clean and restored to their pre-recording condition

21. Evaluate own performance against technical and creative criteria and note areas for improvement

Qualifications and Skillsets

CUSSOU406A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CUS40209 - Certificate IV in Sound Production
  • CUS50209 - Diploma of Sound Production
  • CUF40107 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • CUF40207 - Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and Media