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.

Monday, November 3 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 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.

Wednesday, November 5 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 4 – 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 and 2: Saturday, October 25 – 1 to 6 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Wednesday, November 12 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, November 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, December 9 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, December 10 – 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, October 21 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, October 22 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Tuesday, November 18 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, November 19 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, December 16 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, December 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: Tuesday, October 28 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL
Part 2: Wednesday, October 29 – 6 to 9 p.m. FULL

Part 1: Tuesday, November 25 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, November 26 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Monday, December 22 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, December 23 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Advanced Classes

Audio Recording & Mixing
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. Prerequisite: Studio & Field Production.

October class date to be announced

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, October 23 – 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



Studio Production class
• Wed, Oct 15 & Thu, Oct 16 - 6-9pm
• Sat, Oct 25 - 1-6pm

Member Mixer
• Thu, Oct 16 - 6-8pm

Field Production class
• Tue, Oct 21 & Wed, Oct 22 - 6-9pm

Critique Night
• Wed, Oct 22 - 6-8pm

After Effects class
• Thu, Oct 23 - 6-9pm

Editing class
• Tue, Oct 28 & Wed, Oct 29 - 6-9pm

• Mon, Nov 3 - 6-8pm

Producing class
• Wed, Nov 5 - 6-8pm

ArtHop / 3rd Floor Grand Opening
• Thu, Nov 6 - 5pm

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