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.

Monday, April 3, 6 to 8pm

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 5, 6 to 8pm

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.

Monday, March 13, 6 to 9pm

Tuesday, April 11, 2 to 5pm

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

Part 1: Wednesday, April 12, 2 to 5pm
Part 2: Thursday, April 13, 2 to 5pm

Post Production: iMovie
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 9pm

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.

Monday, April 17, 2 to 5pm

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, March 22, 6 to 9pm
Part 2: Thursday, March 23, 6 to 9pm

Part 1: Tuesday, April 18, 2 to 5pm
Part 2: Wednesday, April 19, 2 to 5pm

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: Monday, March 27, 6 to 9pm
Part 2: Tuesday, March 28, 6 to 9pm
Part 3: Wednesday, March 29, 6 to 9pm

Part 1: Monday, April 25, 2 to 5pm
Part 2: Tuesday, April 26, 2 to 5pm
Part 3: Wednesday, April 27, 2 to 5pm

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 9pm

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.


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

CMAC Events

Field Production
• Weds, Mar 14 & Thurs, Mar 15- 6pm-9pm

Mon, Mar 20 - 6pm-9pm

Editing: iMovie
Tues, Mar 21 - 6pm-9pm

Editing: Premiere Pro
• Weds, Mar 22 & Thurs, Mar 23 - 6pm-9pm

Studio Production
Tues, Mar 27, Weds, Mar 28 & Thurs, Mar 29 - 6pm-9pm

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