Expert Studio Certification

Expert Studio Certification

This single-session class goes deeper into studio production processes and teaches you how to professionalize the look of your programs.

This workshop will teach you how to use Open Signal’s live telephone call-in interface and floor lighting equipment and to expand your knowledge of our ChromaKey green screen.

Your instructor will also teach you how to stream footage to the video switcher from multiple sources, such as laptops and field production cameras. With these tools, you’ll be able to give your programs complex production elements that enrich their quality and watchability.

Prerequisite: Intro to HD Studio Sessions # 1 & 2.

This is also available as a personalized workshop for individuals, as well as for small or large groups.

This class is part of our Studio Production track. Learn more about our media education tracks here.

Certification: This workshop will give you all the benefits of being an HD Studio Producer, as well as advanced techniques for studio floor lighting, video switching and audio mixing.   

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May 29


6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Maxwell Brown

1 SESSION: 5/29

Jun 25


6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Maxwell Brown

1 SESSION: 6/25

Aug 27


6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Maxwell Brown

1 SESSION: 8/27


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Maxwell Brown Media Educator maxwell [at]

I am passionate about our community's stories and providing the training needed to help tell those stories. For the past five years I have been been working in community media and have taught hundreds of people like you not only how to use media equipment, but why. 

My favorite classes to teach involve the HD Studio, because I love the team sport aspect of live television production. Besides that I am an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro editor, an artist, a Blender expert and a nice person. If you see me around, please stop, say hi and tell me what you're up to. I am always interested in hearing about your productions! See you in the studio! 


For More Information

For general information or directions to our space, please contact our front desk at (503) 288-1515 or info [at]

To be considered for make-up sessions or for other questions about your registration, contact our Media Education department at (503) 673-8649 or education [at]

Getting Here

Open Signal is located off the #6 or #4 bus line. If you are driving to Open Signal, we have a parking lot located on NE Graham. Our main entrance is located on NE Graham off of NE MLK.


Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need. If you’d like to apply, please complete the Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Applicants can apply for one scholarship slot per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.

Open Signal is a Safe Space

Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, and we ask that you do the same when you attend our workshops and events.

Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.

Equipment Certification

Open Signal workshops grant certification on the equipment and software taught in the course unless otherwise noted.

Our workshops and equipment are made available to the community at an affordable rate because we want to amplify your voice on our public access cable channels. Join our community of media-makers! We ask that you submit work regularly in exchange for the free use of Open Signal equipment and studios.

Workshops participants must attend ALL workshop sessions order to receive certification. No make-up sessions will be allowed except in cases of emergency. All certified students must complete a brief New Producer Orientation (NPO) before they are given access to our equipment. Students under the age of 18 will need to complete an NPO in the presence of their parent or guardian in order to check out equipment from Open Signal.

Cancellation Policies for Workshops

  • Workshops must meet minimum enrollment requirements to take place. If a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified 24 hours in advance. You can transfer to the next available session of the workshop if there is one, or receive a full refund for your cancelled class.

  • You must cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds or transfers if you cancel with less than three days notice or fail to show up.

  • Please allow 2-3 business days for all refunds to be processed.

In the event of an emergency, exchanges for class credit may be offered at the discretion of Open Signal Management.   

Inclement Weather Policy

Open Signal follows the Portland Public Schools weather closure policy. If a workshop is closed due to inclement weather, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop within the term. Full refunds or class exchanges will be offered if you can’t make the rescheduled date.