CMAC offers a variety of video production classes. The first step before you can sign-up for a class 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 classes. Membership dues can be paid online or in-person at our media center. Call 559-266-2622 or email if you need assistance.

General Class Policies
You must sign-up in advance of the class. No walk-ups are allowed, except for orientation. All classes 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 class, the front door will be locked 15 minutes after class 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.

Monday, February 1 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Basic Classes

Explore strategies to effectively plan a community access television show in our studio or on location. Topics include pre-production, rundowns, underwriting, legal issues and post-production options. Pre-Production is required for anyone who would like to checkout CMAC field equipment or reserve our studio. Prerequisite: Orientation.

Wednesday, February 3 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 3 – 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, February 23 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, February 24 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, February 25 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 22 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, March 23 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, March 24 – 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, February 9 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, February 10 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 8 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, March 9 – 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: Tuesday, February 16 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, February 17 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, March 16 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Advanced Classes

Audio for Video
Can you hear me now? Nothing hurts a production more than poor sound. In this class 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, February 11 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Find out what it takes to conceptualize a short film from start to finish, including basic terminology and formats used in screenwriting, step-by-step story development and narrative techniques. Prerequisite: Producing.

Tuesday, March 29 – 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 class is by appointment only. Email


CMAC Events Calendar

Audio class
• Thurs, Feb 11 - 6-9pm

Closed for Presidents' Day
• Mon, Feb 15

Editing class
• Tues, Feb 16 & Wed, Feb 17 - 6-9pm

Member Mixer
• Thurs, Feb 18 - 6-8pm

Studio Production class
• Tues, Feb 23; Wed, Feb 24 & Thurs, Feb 25 - 6-9pm

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