Vision mixing: fundamentals

Course overview
This course is normally run at the customers own studio, using the facilities that the delegates are learning to use. asikhule understands that studios are busy places and will always work with the customer to try and find a time when training can happen without compromising program production.

Suggested topics:
  • The basic operation of vision mixers
  • Understanding keys and how they work
  • Creating effects
  • Using effects in the live environment
  • Protocol, jargon and gallery practices
  • The grammar of telling stories with pictures
  • Timing the cuts
  • Using and marking a TV script
  • Cutting interviews
  • Cutting demonstration and action
  • Working with music and a bar count

The Vision Mixer's Role

The role of the vision mixer is key to the multi-camera world. It is about the selection of the the pictures which make the viewing experience: it is the program content for our primary sense. Watching a large selection of pictures and choosing the perfect moment for a change is a daunting task. Add to that the need to be able to program complex effects, create multi-layered images, recall them in a fast moving program and manage a close working relationship with the director, makes the job skilled. high pressure and highly prized. 

Planning a Course
The asikhule vision mixer training can cover all aspects of the craft of vision mixing... from button pushing to the art of choosing the right moment and picture. It can run from a half day to a full 5 days, and is ideally delivered in small groups in a TV studio. It can also include complex training exercises to develop real practical experience and confidence in staff who will have to work under the pressure of a live show.
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