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.

Tuesday, October 6 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Monday, November 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.

Thursday, October 8 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4 – 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. Prerequisite: Producing.

Part 1: Tuesday, October 27 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, October 28 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, October 29 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, November 10 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, November 11 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, November 12 – 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. Prerequisite: Producing.

Part 1: Tuesday, October 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, October 14 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Monday, November 16 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, November 17 – 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, October 20 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, October 21 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Monday, November 23 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, November 24 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Advanced Classes

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.

Thursday, October 22 – 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



• Tues, Oct 6 - 6-8pm

Producing class
• Thurs, Oct 8 - 6-8pm

Field Production class
• Tues, Oct 13 & Weds, Oct 14 - 6-9pm

Editing class
• Tues, Oct 20 & Weds, Oct 21 - 6-9pm

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