You must attend orientation and become a CMAC member before registering for any classes. To register please call 559-266-2622 or email us at No walk-ups are allowed. All classes take place at our Community 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.

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, August 5 – 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. Producing is required for anyone who would like to checkout CMAC field equipment or reserve our studio. Prerequisite: Orientation.

Monday, August 11 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Studio Production (2 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. Prerequisite: Producing.

Part 1: Tuesday, July 22 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, July 23 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Tuesday, August 19 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, August 20 – 6 to 9 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. Prerequisite: Producing.

Part 1: Tuesday, July 15 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, July 16 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1 and 2: Saturday, July 26 – 1 to 6 p.m.

Part 1: Wednesday, August 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 14 – 6 to 9 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, July 30 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Thursday, July 31 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1 + 2: Saturday, August 2 – 1 to 6 p.m.

Part 1: Wednesday, August 27 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 28 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Advanced Classes

After Effects
Get introduced to After Effects, the Adobe application for motion graphics and digital effects. You’ll learn the basic interface, how to create a moving title, and composite green screen backgrounds. This class requires you to have intermediate knowledge of Adobe Premiere. Prerequisite: Editing.

Thursday, July 24 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Tuesday, August 26 – 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.

Monday, August 25 – 6 to 9 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. Contact MPV Engineer Andrew Toschi at



Field Production class
• Tue, July 15 & Wed, July 16 - 6-9pm
• Sat, July 26 - 1-6pm

CMAC Board Meeting
• Thu, July 17 - 3:30-5pm

Studio Production class
• Tue, July 22 & Wed, July 23 - 6-9pm

Mobile Production Meeting
• Wed, July 23 - 6-7pm

After Effects class
• Thu, July 24 - 6-9pm

Member Mixer
• Tue, July 29 - 6-8pm

Editing class
• Wed, July 30 & Thu, July 31 - 6-9pm
• Sat, Aug 2 - 1-6pm

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