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.

Monday, April 4 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Monday, May 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 idea generation, script writing, rundowns, underwriting, legal issues, production and post-production options.

Wednesday, April 6 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 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..

Part 1: Tuesday, April 26 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, April 27 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, April 28 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, May 24 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, May 25 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, May 26 – 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.

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

Part 1: Wednesday, May 11 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, May 12 – 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: Monday, April 11 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, April 12 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, May 17 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, May 18 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Special Classes

Learn the basics of iMovie. A simple, yet powerful video editor for quick editing and great results. This crash course will cover the basics of importing, editing, effecting, and exporting. Class requires basic computer skills.

Wednesday, April 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Audio for Video
Can you hear me now? Nothing hurts a production more than poor sound. In this class we’ll focus on the different types of microphones you have available to you for both studio and field production. We’ll talk about microphone placement, choices, types, pick up patterns, and proper technique to help give you the best sound recording possible for your video. Prerequisite: Field & Studio Production.

Tuesday, May 10 – 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



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CMAC Events

• Mon, Apr 4 - 6-8pm

Pre-Production class
• Wed, Apr 6 - 6-8pm

Editing w/Premiere class
• Mon, Apr 11 & Tues, Apr 12 - 6-9pm

Editing w/iMovie class
• Weds, Apr 13 - 6-9pm

Field Production class
• Tues, Apr 19 & Weds, Apr 20 - 6-9pm

Member Mixer
• Thurs, Apr 21 - 6-9pm

Studio Production class
• Tues, Apr 26; Wed, Apr 27 & Thurs, Apr 28 - 6-9pm

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