Intro to HD Studio Session #1

Intro to HD Studio Session #1
  • Cost: $90.00
  • Ages: 16+
  • Total Hours: 9 (Three x 3-hour sessions)
  • Capacity: 12

Open Signal is the only Portland arts center where you can learn how to use a TV studio and broadcast your work! This is your first step.

Open Signal’s state-of-the art HD TV studios are unique venues for free speech and creative expression.

In this intro course, you’ll gain a technical understanding of various TV production skills, including camera operation, studio lighting and audio recording.  

After completing Intro to HD Studio, you’ll be certified to volunteer on existing Open Signal productions. To start reserving time in the studio to make your own productions, you will need to complete Intro to HD Studio Session #2.

Note: You must complete session #1 and #2 of Intro to HD Studio ( 6 sessions total) to receive HD Studio Certification and book time in the studios.  

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



Feb 27–Mar 6

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Chris Fuzell, Maxwell Brown

3 SESSIONS: 2/27, 3/1, 3/6

Apr 2–Apr 9

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Maxwell Brown, Vo McBurney

3 SESSIONS: 4/2, 4/3, 4/9


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Chris Fuzell Media Education Coordinator / Educator cfuzell [at] (503) 673-8623

I teach the HD Studio and Field Production classes, providing a comfortable learning environment for all types of people. I can help you with learning how to produce a noteworthy program for public viewing.

For eight years, I've been working on media productions of various types. I enjoy capturing sports events on camera. If I were a movie genre, I would be a live music concert film, because I can't be without music around me.

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! 

Vo McBurney Technical Support Specialist/Media Educator vo [at] (503) 288-1515 x101

One of the first smiling faces that you will be greeted by when coming through the front doors, I can help you with everything from reserving our equipment to HD Studio technical support, and I teach FCPX Editing, Motion and HD Studio.

I currently work with a number of non­profits. I enjoy competing in as many film fests as possible (and won the Portland 2015 Guignol Horror Fest).


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.