Training

CMAC offers a variety of video production workshops. The first step before you can sign-up is to attend orientation. Orientation is free, open to the public, and typically happens once a month at the beginning of the month.

Once you’re done with orientation, if you haven’t already, you should pay your CMAC membership dues. This is required before you can sign-up for any other workshops. Membership dues can be paid online or in-person at our media center. Call 559-266-2622 or email info@cmac.tv if you need assistance.

General Policies
You must sign-up in advance of the workshop. No walk-ups are allowed, except for orientation. All workshops take place at our media center at 1555 Van Ness Ave in downtown Fresno. Please do not arrive earlier than 15 minutes before class time. If it is a weekday evening, the front door will be locked 15 minutes after the workshop starts, so please be on time.

Orientation (open to non-members)
Find out what CMAC has to offer. We will give you an overview of our channels, services and policies – plus answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to tell us how we can help you make the best use of your community media center. Orientation is mandatory for all CMAC members.

Tuesday, September 6 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Monday, October 3 – 6 to 8 p.m.


Basic Workshops

Pre-Production
Explore strategies to effectively plan a community access television show in our studio or on location. Topics include idea generation, script writing, rundowns, underwriting, legal issues, production and post-production options.

Thursday, September 8 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Studio Production (3 parts)
Get the hands-on experience you need to safely operate a video camera in our studio. You will also learn practical skills on the video switcher, audio board and teleprompter – as well as simple graphics..

Part 1: Tuesday, September 27 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, September 28 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, September 29 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, October 25 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, October 26 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, October 27 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Field Production (2 parts)
Hands-on introduction to filming on-location, including proper set-up and break-down of the equipment, camerawork, lighting, audio techniques, basic interviewing tips, and planning for post-production.

Part 1: Tuesday, September 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, September 14 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Wednesday, October 12 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, October 13 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Editing (2 parts)
Learn basic concepts of non-linear editing by navigating menus, making cuts and dissolves, and adding narration, music and simple effects. Certification is required for anyone who would like to reserve Edit Suites at no charge. Class requires basic computer skills.

Part 1: Wednesday, September 21 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, September 22 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, October 18 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, October 19 – 2 to 5 p.m.


Special Workshops

Audio for Video
Can you hear me now? Nothing hurts a production more than poor sound. In this training we’ll focus on the different types of microphones you have available to you for both studio and field production. We’ll talk about microphone placement, choices, types, pick up patterns, and proper technique to help give you the best sound recording possible for your video. Prerequisite: Field & Studio Production.

Thursday, October 20 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Final Cut Pro
Learn the basics of Final Cut Pro. A simple, yet powerful video editor for quick editing and great results. This crash course will cover the basics of importing, editing, effecting, and exporting. Class requires basic computer skills.

Tuesday, September 20 – 6 to 9 p.m.

iOS Field Production
The best camera is the one that you have with you. Learn how to shoot and edit with iOS mobile devices. Bring your own iPhone or iPad or check out a CMAC Mobile Kit.

Tuesday, October 11 – 2 to 5 p.m.

iMovie
Learn the basics of iMovie. A simple, yet powerful video editor for quick editing and great results. This crash course will cover the basics of importing, editing, effecting, and exporting. Class requires basic computer skills.

Monday, October 17 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Mobile Production Vehicle
Want to utilize our new Mobile Production Vehicle? You will need to be certified in Studio and Field Production first, but after that, you’re ready to sign-up!

This training is by appointment only. Email cesar@cmac.tv.

 

CMAC Events

Editing: Final Cut Pro class
• Tues, Sept 20 - 6pm-9pm

Editing class
• Weds, Sept 21 & Thurs, Sept 22 - 6pm-9pm

Studio Production class
• Tues, Sept 27; Weds, Sept 28 & Thurs, Sept 29 - 6pm-9pm

Orientation
• Mon, Oct 3 - 6pm-8pm

Pre-Production class
• Weds, Oct 5 - 6pm-8pm

iPad Field Production class
• Tues, Oct 11 - 2pm-5pm

Field Production class
• Weds, Oct 12 & Thurs, Oct 13 - 2pm-5pm

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