CMAC offers a variety of video production workshops for our members. Before you sign-up for a workshop, you should go through orientation. Orientation is free, open to the public, and typically happens once a month at the beginning of the month. Orientation can also be completed online by clicking here.

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 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 the designated time. If it is a weekday evening, the door will be locked 15 minutes after the workshop starts, so please be on time. You can sign-up by calling 559-266-2622 or emailing and indicating which workshop(s) you’re interested in.

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.

Tuesday, November 7, 6 to 8pm

Tuesday, December 5, 2 to 4pm

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. Also learn the forms that CMAC requires for production made with CMAC equipment and facilities.

Thursday, November 9, 6 to 8pm

Thursday, December 7, 2 to 4pm

iOS Video Production
The best camera is the one that you have with you. Learn how to shoot and edit video with iOS mobile devices. Check out a CMAC Mobile Production Kit or bring your own iPhone or iPad with the iMovie app installed. Exercises in shooting and editing on the iOS platform.

Tuesday, November 14, 6 to 9pm

Tuesday, December 12, 2 to 5pm

Field Production (2 parts)
Hands-on introduction to filming on-location, including proper setup and breakdown of the camera, audio, and lighting equipment, camerawork, basic interviewing tips, and planning for post-production.

Part 1: Wednesday, November 15, 6 to 9pm
Part 2: Thursday, November 16, 6 to 9pm

Part 1: Wednesday, December 13, 2 to 5pm
Part 2: Thursday, December 14, 2 to 5pm

Post Production: iMovie
Learn the basics of iMovie. Covers the basics of importing, editing, effecting, and exporting. Certification is required for reserving CMAC edit stations. Workshop requires basic computer skills.

Tuesday, December 18, 2 to 5pm

Post Production: Final Cut Pro
Learn the basics of Final Cut Pro. A powerful video editor for quick editing and great results. Covers the basics of importing, editing, effecting, and exporting. Certification is required for reserving CMAC edit stations. Workshop requires basic computer skills.

Monday, November 20, 6 to 9pm

Post Production: Premiere (2 parts)
Learn the basics of Adobe Premiere. Covers concepts of non-linear editing: making cuts, adding music and simple effects. Certification is required for reserving CMAC edit stations. Workshop requires basic computer skills.

Part 1: Tuesday, October 17, 2 to 5pm
Part 2: Wednesday, October 18, 2 to 5pm

Part 1: Tuesday, November 21, 6 to 9pm
Part 2: Wednesday, November 22, 6 to 9pm

Part 1: Tuesday, December 19, 2 to 5pm
Part 2: Wednesday, December 20, 2 to 5pm

Studio Production (3 parts)
How to produce a show in the CMAC television studio. Hands-on experience needed to safely operate a video camera in our studio. Also practical skills on the video switcher, audio board, teleprompter, and simple graphics.

Part 1: Tuesday, October 24, 2 to 5pm
Part 2: Wednesday, October 25, 2 to 5pm
Part 3: Thursday, October 26, 2 to 5pm

Part 1: Tuesday, November 28 – 6 to 9pm
Part 2: Wednesday, November 29 – 6 to 9pm
Part 3: Thursday, November 30 – 6 to 9pm

Audio for Video
Can you hear me now? Learn the different types of microphones available to you for both studio and field production. Learn 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.


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.

Thursday, December 21, 2 to 5pm

Mobile Production Vehicle
Want to utilize the Mobile Production Vehicle? This training is by appointment only, and available to members who have completed Field and Studio training. Email

CMAC Events

Post-Production: iMovie
• Mon, Oct 16 - 2pm-5pm

Post-Production: Premiere
• Tues, Oct 17 & Wed, Oct 18 - 2pm-5pm

Studio Production
Tues, Oct 24; Wed, Oct 25 & Thurs, Oct 26 - 2pm-5pm

The Producers Meet-Up
Wed, Nov 1 - 6pm-8pm

CMAC Fest & ArtHop
Thurs, Nov 2 - 5pm-9pm

Tues, Nov 7 - 6pm-8pm

Thurs, Nov 9 - 6pm-8pm

Acting and Voice Over Meet-Up
Thurs, Nov 9 - 5:30pm-8:30pm

iOS Production
Tues, Nov 14 - 6pm-9pm

Field Production
Wed, Nov 15 & Thurs, Nov 16 - 6pm-9pm

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