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Media Theory, DVD and Compositing

2014 unit code: DIG60013 (formerly HET824)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours54 hours
PrerequisitesHET742 Digital Video and Audio

Related course(s)

A unit of study in the Graduate Certificate of Multimedia, Graduate Diploma of Multimedia, Master of Multimedia, and Master of Multimedia Technology and an elective unit of study in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Media and Multimedia strand.

Aims and objectives

HET824 aims to give students a mixture of practical and theoretical knowledge about narratives, video editing, compositing and DVD authoring. An understanding of narrative and editing theory will assist students as they create stories using cinematic language appropriate for the Multimedia Industry. Blue screen keying and special effects will be used to introduce students to video compositing and motion graphics. This unit also introduces students to DVD interface design and authoring.
Following successful completion of this unit students will:
• be able to construct a short story script and storyboard
• be able to plan and shoot it on digital video
• be able to capture and design the sound, edit and grade the video and produce a professional quality authored DVD with cover art appropriate to its intended market

Teaching methods

Lectures, Laboratory classes, Online Delivery.


Pre-production assignment 10%
Motion Graphics presentation 30%
Video Submission 30%
DVD submission 15%
Class exercises 15%.

Generic skills outcomes

Graduates are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas.
Graduates are effective and ethical in work and community situations.
Graduates are adaptable and able to manage change.
Graduates are aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing.


• An Introduction to the construction of narratives within film
• An introduction to cinematographic design
• An introduction to sound design
• An Introduction to editing styles and techniques within film
• An Introduction to video compositing and chromakeying concepts and technology
• An Introduction to DVD authoring concepts and technology
• An Introduction to the professional packaging of DVD media


Reading materials

Materials are provided online through the Blackboard system