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, May 6 – 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.

Thursday, April 10 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, May 8 – 6 to 9 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, April 15 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, April 16 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Wednesday, May 21 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, May 22 – 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: Wednesday, April 23 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, April 24 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, May 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, May 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. Prerequisite: Field Production.

Part 1: Tuesday, April 29 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, April 30 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1 and 2: Saturday, May 3 – 1 to 6 p.m.

Part 1: Wednesday, May 28 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, May 29 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1 and 2: Saturday, May 31 – 1 to 6 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. Prerequisite: Editing.

Thursday, April 17 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Thursday, May 15 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

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, April 14 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Monday, May 19 – 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
• Sat, Mar 22 - 1-6pm

Studio Production class
• Tue, Mar 25 & Mon, Mar 31 - 6-9pm

Editing class
• Wed, Mar 26 & Thu, Mar 27 - 6-9pm

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