Training Workshops

CMAC offers a variety of video production workshops. The first is to attend Orientation. Orientation is free, open to the public, and typically happens once a month at the beginning of the month.

After completing Orientation, if you haven’t already, you should pay your CMAC membership dues. This is required before you can sign-up for any other workshops. Membership dues can be paid online or in-person at our media center. Call 559-266-2622 or email if you need assistance.

General Policies
You must sign-up in advance of the workshop. No walk-ups are allowed, except for Orientation. All workshops 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, the door will be locked 15 minutes after the workshop 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, February 28 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Core Workshops

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, February 1 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 2 – 6 to 8 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: Wednesday, February 8 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, February 9 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 14 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, March 15 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Post Production: Premiere (2 parts)
Learn basic concepts of non-linear editing by navigating menus, making cuts and dissolves, adding 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, February 15 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, February 16 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Part 1: Wednesday, March 22 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, March 23 – 6 to 9 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, February 21 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, February 22 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 3: Thursday, February 23 – 2 to 5 p.m.

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

Special Workshops

Audio for Video
Can you hear me now? In this training 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, and proper technique to help give you the best sound recording possible for your video. Prerequisite: Field or Studio Production.

Monday, March 20 – 6 to 9 p.m.

Post Production: Final Cut Pro
Learn the basics of Final Cut Pro. 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.

Tuesday, February 14 – 2 to 5 p.m.

iOS Production
The best camera is the one that you have with you. Learn how to shoot and edit with iOS mobile devices. Bring your own iPhone or iPad or check out a CMAC Mobile Kit.

Tuesday, February 7 – 2 to 5 p.m.

Monday, March 13 – 6 to 9 p.m.

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.

Tuesday, March 21 – 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 training is by appointment only. Email

Part 1 is a pre-production meeting, Part 2 is when we’ll shoot and edit. You must be able to attend both parts. Sign up soon, only 8 spots are available. Prerequisite: Editing and Field Production.

Part 1: Friday, November 20 – 2 to 5 p.m.
Part 2: Saturday, November 21 – 1 to 6 p.m.

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.

Monday, January 9 – 6 to 9 p.m.

CMAC Events

• Mon, Jan 30 - 6pm-8pm

• Weds, Feb 1 - 6pm-8pm

The Producers Meetup
• Weds, Feb 1 - 6pm-8pm

ArtHop @ CMAC
• Thurs, Feb 2 - 5pm-8pm

CMAC Voices Meetup
• Tues, Feb 7 - 5pm-8pm

iOS Field Production
• Tues, Feb 7 - 2pm-5pm

Field Production
• Weds, Feb 8 & Thurs, Feb 9 - 2pm-5pm

Editing: Final Cut Pro
• Tues, Feb 14 - 2pm-5pm

Editing: Premiere Pro
• Weds, Feb 15 & Thurs, Feb 16 - 2pm-5pm

CMAC Closed
• Mon, Feb 20

Studio Production
• Tues, Feb 21, Weds, Feb 22 & Thurs, Feb 23 - 2pm-5pm

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