Incorporate visual effects and graphics in live footage

Business Sectors (Suites): Post Production
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Jan 2017


This Standard is about combining graphics and VFX with live footage in the way envisaged by the client and the graphics and VFX designers. Work must be consistent with the quality and format requirements of the product. This Standard could apply to anyone involved with incorporating media in live footage.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. check that live footage is shot in ways that enable effects and

    graphics to be added

    1. obtain visual material to be used from reliable sources

    2. check that scripted effects can be incorporated within time and


    1. incorporate material that matches clients requirements for the live

    footage it is intended for

    1. make critical judgments about audio and visual quality, graphics,

    visual effects and text against artistic and technical standards

    1. propose changes that make your work more technically or

    commercially viable

    1. make sure that the work of different artists combines to create the

    impact, tone and mood that clients wish to achieve

    1. check that material you incorporate has compatible technical

    attributes to the live footage you are working with

    1. incorporate material in the timescale required

    2. incorporate material that is compatible with intended distribution

    media and viewing platforms

    1. maintain security for files and other materials in line with company


Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the look and feel intended by clients

    1. how to interpret technical and format requirements for masters to

    be produced

    1. sources of information about visual material to be used and how

    to access them

    1. file formats for graphics and VFX and their compatibility with live

    action formats

    1. current viewing standards and current professional, national and

    international standards of delivery and expressions of best

    practice for the range of platforms and content

    1. filming that enables visual effects to be added

    2. creation of plates

    3. how to assess video quality to expected artistic and technical


    1. the place of graphics and VFX in post production workflow

    2. operation of equipment for incorporating graphics and VFX

    3. critical assessment of graphical elements

    4. acceptable and unacceptable short cuts

    5. company systems for storage, back up and security


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Post Production Professionals

SOC Code



Post production; Production; Film; Tv; Vfx; Visual