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May 14, 2019

Drones To Be General Meeting Topic This Thursday

Learn about using drones to take photos and video when aerial photography expert Larry Cunningham discusses “Drones: All You Need to Know” at the Video Club's General Meeting this Thursday, May 16, in the Video Lab. Open without charge to all residents and their guests. Refreshments at 6:30 pm, program at 7:00 pm.

A Village resident and former Air Force photo reconnaissance officer, Cunningham will explain what you can and cannot do with a drone, especially the regulations in our community. This will be our last General Meeting until September 19.

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Put These Dates on Your Summer Calendar


A summer BBQ is planned on Thursday, July 18, outdoors in the new park area next to the Video Lab -- with its gorgeous mountain view. Marsha Berman, who did such a great job chairing our Annual Awards Banquet in February, is heading the event. Chef extrordinaire John Kelly will be presiding over the grill. Details to come!


One of the Video Club's most successful recent events (see website coverage), Short Film Showcase, will be offered again on Monday, August 5, from 1-3 pm in the Video Studio. Our summer Showcase will be complete with an exciting selection of short films (all available on YouTube and curated by Stephanie Brasher), individual discussion of each film led by Dr. Tom Nash, and FREE POPCORN! For more information – or to suggest films for future showings – contact Short Film Showcase coordinator Betsy Martin,, 707-540-1955.


Video Lab:

Equipment Loans, Please Note Closing Times, Supervisors Needed

At their spring Supervisors Round Table on May 13, Video Club Lab Supervisors, led by Friday Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter (left), highlighted some key information for those who use the Lab, especially the popular Marvin Green Memorial Capture Center. Wolfgang also stressed the need to recruit more Supervisors to keep the Lab running smoothly.


  • If you enjoy working with equipment and helping others, please contact Wolfgang Kutter,, 949-457-1259, about becoming a Lab Supervisor – either serving one afternoon a week or as an alternate when needed. This volunteer work is rewarding and fun – and training is available.


  • If you have old 8 mm or Super-8 films and would like to convert them to video, the Video Lab owns a Wolverine Film 2 Digital Movie Maker. See our website post about this equipment. The unit copies old 8mm and Super 8 films frame-by-frame, turning them into MP4 videos which can be played and/or edited on a computer.

    Since such copying can be a lengthy process, you may now borrow the Wolverine Movie Maker over the weekend, picking it up on Friday and returning it on Tuesday. There is no charge, but a $300 deposit check is required.


  • If you are planning a conversion project in the Capture Center, please be sure to arrive at the Lab in time to complete your project during Lab hours. The Video Lab is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 pm. Remember that VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, and DV / Mini-DV video tapes all CONVERT IN REAL TIME – i.e., a 90-minute tape will take 90 minutes to convert. Start your project early!


  • If you have an occasional need to shoot video and want to use equipment more versatile than your smartphone, take advantage of our free camcorder loan program (deposit required). You may borrow our Canon camcorders, tripods, and even microphones on Wednesdays and Thursdays only during Lab hours. This service is open to all residents. Normal loan time is one week.

    We stock these Canon camcorders for three reasons: (1) they are very easy to use, (2) they provide high-quality, high-definition results, and (3) they are virtually the only camcorders in their entry class which accept an external microphone. While smartphones can record excellent video – and may even be fitted with tripods and microphones – they can produce only digital zooms (enlarging existing pixels), while our Canon camcorders provide optical zooming for high quality in every shot.


  • If you are working on a project using a Lab computer, please be sure to make your own copy of your files on a flash drive or hard drive. Personal files older than 6 months are routinely deleted from Lab computers.


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