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, September 2 – 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.

Tuesday, September 9 – 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, September 23 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, September 24 – 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, September 16 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, September 17 – 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, August 27 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Thursday, August 28 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1 and 2: Saturday, August 30 – 1 to 6 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Wednesday, September 30 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, September 31 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Advanced Classes

Audio for Field & Studio
Can you hear me now? Nothing hurts a production more than poor sound, so we’ve designed a class to help provide you with a deeper understanding of the audio process. In this course you’ll learn about proper microphone technique, the most appropriate way to use all the mics we have at CMAC, and how to effectively process sound through our audio board. To assist your learning we’ve designed a few “interesting” exercises to demonstrate how the approach varies depending on whether you’re producing a talk show, drama or musical performance.

Saturday, September 27 – 1 to 6 p.m.

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.

Wednesday, September 3 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

No other class in September

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.

No class in September

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



Studio Production class
• Tue, Aug 19 & Wed, Aug 20 - 1-4pm
• Tue, Aug 19 & Wed, Aug 20 - 6-9pm

Member Mixer
• Wed, Aug 20 - 6-8pm

Field Production class
• Sat, Aug 23 - 1-6pm

Screenwriting class
• Mon, Aug 25 - 6-9pm

Editing class
• Wed, Aug 27 & Thu, Aug 28 - 6-9pm
• Sat, Aug 30 - 1-6pm

• Tue, Sept 2 - 6-8pm

After Effects class
• Wed, Sept 3 - 6-9pm

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