CCTV provides low-cost and free classes in studio production, camera, and editing. The first step is to take an orientation class, held the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30pm and 6:30pm.Orientation does not require pre-registration. To register for all other classes, call CCTV at 503-588-2288. Orientation and classes are available for anyone to take, however only Salem residents are eligible to use our equipment at no cost. Individuals living outside CCTV’s service area are eligible to use CCTV’s equipment and channels for an annual fee of $150.


Are you looking for a creative outlet? Do you have a story to tell? Want to get your hands on video production equipment? CCTV is here to help you turn your creative ideas into a reality through video. Join us for orientation, where you’ll learn about all the resources that are free to Salem residents. Get a tour of our studios, meet the staff, get all your questions answered, and more!

As long as you are not promoting a commercial product or business or asking for money, you can make programs about whatever YOU want! Orientation does not require pre-registration- just pick a class time and stop by!

Note: Orientation is a required first step before using CCTV’s equipment and channels.

Cost: FREE


Prerequisite: None

One day, about 60-90 minutes

Tuesday October 1 at 3:30 PM
Tuesday October 1 at 5:30 PM

Tuesday November 5 at 3:30 PM
Tuesday November 5 at 5:30 PM

Introduction to Camera


Learn how to operate CCTV’s checkout HD camcorders. Covers basic shooting practices, tripod use, and more.

Cost: $25

Prerequisite: Orientation

One day, about 2 hours

Tuesday September 10 at 5:00pm

Tuesday October 8 at 5:00pm

Tuesday November 12 at 5:00pm

Audio Basics

Learn to operate all CCTV’s checkout microphones including handheld, shotgun, wireless and zoom mics.

Cost: $5

Prerequisite: Orientation + Introduction to Camera

One day, about 1 hour

No classes currently scheduled

Studio Production


Learn to operate studio cameras, mix audio, direct, create graphics, light a set, much more.

Cost: $25

Prerequisite: Orientation

One day, about 2 hours

Tuesday September 24 at 3:30pm

Tuesday October 22 at 3:30pm

Tuesday November 26 at 3:30pm



Learn how to use many of the basic features of Final Cut Pro X and get started on editing your first program.

Cost: $25

Prerequisite: Orientation (Camera recommended but not required)

One day, about 3 hours

Tuesday September 17 at 5:00pm

Tuesday October 15 at 5:00pm

Tuesday November 19 at 5:00pm

Laptop Checkout Certification


Edit at home using one of CCTV’s checkout laptops! Meet with our Media Instructor to get certified and make sure that you’re capable of operating the laptop independently.

Cost: Free

Prerequisite: Orientation + Editing

By appointment only, contact CCTV Media Instructor Ashley Gruber at

Go Pro & Osmo

Learn the basics of a GoPro and how to set up and use an OSMO.

Cost: $5

Prerequisite: Orientation & Intro to Camera

One day, about 1 hour

Tuesday September 24 at 5:00pm

Tuesday October 22 at 5:00pm