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April, 2016
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President’s Corner   


WOW! I hope you were able to attend the March 17 Video Club General Meeting and enjoy the wonderful presentation of “How to Make a Documentary: From Concept to (READ MORE)

 
 

Travel Video Techniques and Media Conversion Tips to Highlight Project Day Monday, April 4

A Message from Betsy Martin, Project Day Coordinator
The Video Club of Laguna Woods presents our monthly "Project Day" on Monday, April 4, 1-3 pm in the Video Lab. Club members present (READ MORE)


THERE'S STILL TIME TO JOIN IN

Learn Multi-Camera Production in the Video Studio!

Fifteen Video Club members turned out on Saturday, March 19, for Tom Nash's new class, “Multi-Camera Studio Production.” Excitement was high about what (READ MORE)
 


"THE BUSINESS OF SHOW"

Entertainment Attorney Patrick Reynolds to Address April 21 General Meeting

New Video Club member Patrick F. Reynolds will draw on his extensive background as an entertainment attorney for his presentation, “The Business of Show,” at  (READ MORE)



Corel Forum Suspends Meetings, Individual Help Available

 
NOTE: Both the Corel Forum and the iMovie Workshop, which have been helding twice-monthly meetings in the Video Lab for the past year to help members learn video editing on  (READ MORE)

 


“Intro to Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio” Class to Begin May 14

For information about upcoming classes, contact Tom Nash, tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. (Note that he will be out of the county April 3-12.) (READ MORE)

 


Sally Rubin Revealed Key Steps in Documentary Filmmaking

 Documentary fimmaker Sally Rubin, an Assistant Professor in Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, delivered an outstanding (READ MORE

 

NEW SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Shooting “N2L2D” and “N2L2KYM” at Channel 6 Delayed

A Message from Producer Phil Doran
We are in a state of flux right now.  (READ MORE)



Can't Open Corel VideoStudio? Chuck Hale Has Solved the Problem

A Message from Wolfgang Kutter, March 1, 2016

Just yesterday we found out that for many of us who use Corel VS X7 in Windows 7, the program on your computer may not open (READ MORE)


 

In Memoriam--Allen Fortson

Allen Fortson who served as Vice President of the Video Club Board during 2014 and as co-producer to Phil Doran of “Never Too Late to Date” (Season 1), passed away (READ MORE)
 



Esther Grossfield Starts “Interview Club,” Gets Shows on Channel 6

Video Club member Esther Grossfield has started her own interview club, meeting monthly, with plans for her to interview (READ MORE)



OTHER TECH CLUBS
 



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President’s Corner   


WOW! I hope you were able to attend the March 17 Video Club General Meeting and enjoy the wonderful presentation of “How to Make a Documentary: From Concept to Distribution” by Sally Rubin, Associate Professor of Documentary Film at Chapman University. Sally’s presentation was a big hit with our members and we will certainly invite her back.

WOW! Also describes the popularity of Tom Nash’s new class, “Multi-Camera Studio Production” because 15 members showed up to learn the process of shooting and switching a multi-camera interview. Participants are having fun learning each of the various roles from Floor Manager, Camera Operator, Audio Mixer, Technical Director (Switcher), and event “Talent” (people on camera). Come join the fun!

The Video Club Board of Directors reviewed the GRF Revised Rules rules that govern the Clubs of Laguna Woods and made some changes to the Video Club Fees. Starting in 2017, membership dues are increased to $15 for residents and $20 per resident couple.  Because GRF policies now limit non-residents to 10% of Club membership, non-residents membership fee is increased to $20 per person and $30 for non-resident couples.
 
Members who join or renew in the 4th quarter (October through December) receive membership through the following year.  Membership renewal begins October 1 each year.  Members who join or renew before February 15 receive a $5 discount.
 
If you haven’t already renewed your Video Club membership for 2016, please do so soon. If you don’t have a renewal form, contact our Membership Director, Evelyn Chang at (951) 809-6434 or evelyn.gc03@gmail.com .

And if you haven’t filled out the online Video Club Members Survey, please do fill it out soon to help us learn your needs and desires for the club. If you weren’t notified by email with a link to the survey, send me an email (steve.carman@mac.com) and I’ll be sure to send you a new invitation.
See you soon,

Steve Carman
Video Club President
 



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Travel Video Techniques and Media Conversion Tips to Highlight Project Day Monday, April 4

 
A Message from Betsy Martin, Project Day Coordinator
 
The Video Club of Laguna Woods presents our monthly "Project Day" on Monday, April 4, 1-3 pm in the Video Lab. Club members present 8-10 minutes of their completed videos or works in progress and the audience members offer suggestions and comments. Lively and enjoyable discussion follows!

Among the presenters, Bob and Barbara D'Evelyn will carry us off to far away lands with their exciting travelogues and explain their camera and narration techniques. Lucy Parker will compare home vs commercial Hi-8 conversion methods, showing several videos made from old Hi-8 tapes. Andy Cullanane will present his converted 1950's, 8mm movies (taken with his Bell and Howell movie camera – remember those?) which he converted, enhanced, and edited to DVD in our Video Lab. You will be amazed at the before and after quality and maybe you will be inspired to visit the Lab and learn how to improve and share your old film. Our experienced and patient supervisors will assist you. You can also arrange for private lessons with our resident experts for a suggested donation of $10/hour. All money goes to the club to buy supplies and equipment.

The Video Club is now in its 27th year in Laguna Woods. Our motto is: “Creating and Preserving Memories.” For more information or to be scheduled as a presenter at an upcoming Project Day, please contact: Betsy Martin, bmartin125@coline.com, 707-540-1955.
 


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THERE'S STILL TIME TO JOIN IN

Learn Multi-Camera Production in the Video Studio!
 

Fifteen Video Club members turned out on Saturday, March 19, for Tom Nash's new class, “Multi-Camera Studio Production.” Excitement was high about what our new video switcher may mean for the club – and for our personal video projects! The switcher mixes feeds from multiple cameras and other video sources in real time during production, Participants learned to set up our three “prosumer” Canon camcorders and the lavalier mics. They were also introduced to the switcher and the audio control board and learned the duties of key crew members on a Studio shoot – Director, Floor Manager, Switcher Operator, Audio Operator, and Camera Operator(s).

Arriving for the second class meeting on Saturday, March 26,  the students were each prepared to conduct a two-minute video interview, as well as to play a variety of technical roles while recording each other. But unforeseen switcher problems caused class rescheduling. Fortunately,for part of this time instructor Tom Nash was already slated to go abroad.

The three remaining Saturday classes have been rescheduled to April 16, 23, and 30 from 10 am to noon in the Video Studio. Topics to be covered are shooting a short interview (April 16), shooting a commercial (April 23), and shooting green screen, where the switcher replaces a green background with still photos or video (April 30).
 
Cost is $5 per person per session for members. Non-members will be charged an additional one-time $10 membership fee.  Pre-enrollment is not required. For information, contact Tom at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. Click here for flier. (Note that Tom will be out of the country April 3-12.)
 


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Entertainment Attorney Patrick Reynolds to Address April 21 General Meeting

New Video Club member Patrick F. Reynolds will draw on his extensive background as an entertainment attorney for his presentation, “The Business of Show,” at our next General Meeting, Thursday, April 21. “I'll talk about all the tricks and traps for content creators to distribute and protect their work,” says the Laguna Woods Village resident, who holds degrees from Notre Dame University and Loyola Law School.

After serving as Executive Director for Business and Legal Affairs at E! Entertainment Television; Senior Counsel, Worldwide Television Group at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; and Vice President for Television Distribution at Warner Bros., Patrick spent nine years (2005-2014) as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Bennett Productions in Los Angeles, where he supervised all day-to-day departmental and business functions for high-definition TV production, post-production, music video, and sales. He currently heads Reynolds & Associates Media Strategists, serving intellectual property creators, acquirers, and distributors, as well as technology and media startups.

Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm. Open free to all residents and their guests. For more info, contact Steve Carman, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583. Click here for flier

NEXT MONTH: At our Thursday, May 19, General Meeting, we will welcome animation authority Judy Kriger, Assistant Professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, discussing video animation.

 


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Corel Forum Suspends Meetings, Individual Help Available

 
NOTE: Both the Corel Forum and the iMovie Workshop, which have been holding twice-monthly meetings in the Video Lab for the past year to help members learn video editing on Windows and Apple computers have stopped holding regular meetings. But individual help is still available! For Mac assistance, contact Steve Carman, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583. See article below for Window assistance schedules. In addition, a Corel editing class will be offered starting May14, and an iMovie class may also be held this spring.
 
A Message from Wolfgang Kutter, Corel Forum Co-Facilitator
 
Dear Corel Video Studio Editors:
During the past 12 months we have explained and demonstrated all the basic editing tools in Corel Video Studio X7 and there are only very few rather advanced features left which we did not cover at one time or another.

Therefore, we are initiating a change from the Forum format to individual consultations. Video editors, who want to learn the Corel VS program can sign up to upcoming classes which are in a formal teaching format (for class schedules, see the monthly Videogram, visit the Video Club web site, and/or get fliers, which are available in the Video Lab and some clubhouses).

In addition, Co-Facilitator Ralph Vanderlinde and I will now act in the capacity of helping video editors with their specific projects, mainly on a one-on-one basis. Of course everyone is welcome to attend these sessions. We both are willing to spend time to answer specific project related questions.

Ralph is willing to be available once per month on the third Tuesday from 10 am to noon to help individuals to answer specific Corel VS questions. You must contact Ralph before each session and let him know that you are coming. Please call him at: 949-677-5076, or send him an e-mail at: RalphVanderlinde@yahoo.com. If you cannot make it on these Tuesdays, contact him anyway and see if you can work out a mutually convenient day and time.

Most every Friday afternoon, from 1 to 4 pm, I will be at the Video Lab and I can spend some time with you to also help you with your Corel VS projects. Please call: 949-457-1259, or e-mail me at: wkrkutter@comline.com, to make sure that I am available. If Fridays don't work, we can schedule a session which is convenient for both of us.
 
Both Ralph and I like to help you and be as flexible as possible. We hope that this new arrangement will meet your editing needs and that we will be able to help many of you to utilize the many excellent features of the Corel VS program to complete your specific video projects.

Happy editing!

Wolfgang & Ralph
 


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UPCOMING CLASSES
“Intro to Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio” Class to Begin May 14


For information about upcoming classes, contact Tom Nash, tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. (Note that he will be out of the county April 3-12.)
 
“Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio” (for PC computer users). Four Saturdays beginning May 14, 10 am-noon in the Video Lab. $5 per person or $15 for the series for members, $25 for non-members (includes club membership). The full four-session series is strongly recommended for beginners. Learn to use this powerful but user-friendly video editing software through this hands-on course. Instructor, Tom Nash.
 
NEW COURSE: “Audio Post Production.” Two Saturdays beginning June 22, 10 am-noon in the Video Lab. $5 per session. OK, so your audio has problems – unwanted background noise, generally mushy sound. We can't promise miracles, of course, but there are some things you can do to make it better. We will demonstrate how to use music and sound effects to enhance your soundtrack. Instructor, Tom Nash.
 
Other classes are under consideration for 2016. Please let Tom Nash know if you are interested in any of these classes – or if you have other suggestions.

             “How to Use the Video Capture Area” (NEW)
            “Video Editing for Mac and iPad Using iMovie”
            “How to Organize Pictures and Videos”
            “Graphic Design for Video” (NEW)
            “Introduction to Animation” (NEW)
            “How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck”
 


 
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Sally Rubin Revealed Key Steps in Documentary Filmmaking

 
Documentary fimmaker Sally Rubin, an Assistant Professor in Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, delivered an outstanding presentation at our March 17 General Meeting – amazingly "condensing" the content of several college courses into her illustrated talk, “How to Make a Documentary Film: From Concept to Distribution.” Fortunately – and generously – Prof . Rubin has shared a link to her entire presentation (which might be described as “online Power Point on steriods” –  click it and take a look) along with several additional links (below) requested by the enthusiastic audience.
 

Key to her approach to documentary filmmaking (at least to this writer, Lucy Parker) was her insistence that even a four-minute documentary should be viewed as a three-act play, with the first act establishing the characters and situation, the second act deepening the matter and leading to a crisis or high point of some kind, and the third act resolving the story. In the case of a very touching 15-minute documentary on Alzheimer's care, produced by four Chapman undergraduates, which she showed an an example, the third act is simply a short statement at the end where the devoted caregiver we have come to know shares his conviction that he wouldn't change anything in spite of what he and his partner have been though.

 
Another insight was that Prof. Rubin advises students to fully script the documentary in advance – not only shot lists and “B-roll” (footage for background color), but even dialog that will be needed to tell the story. However, this step comes only after detailed study of the topic and careful analysis of where the story can and should go, given available time and resources and the eventual uses of the film. Any idea that documentary filmmakers randomly collect footage and then and edit it into an award-winning result quickly went out the window! One resource always in demand by documentary filmmakers, Prof. Rubin stressed, is money: “There's never enough!”
 
Below are the resources Prof. Rubin shared with us, including links to two of her own films or films-in-progress, as well as a stunningly-detailed and illustrated proposal for an upcoming film she is co-producing (which has been funded) – including not only the film, but related activities and promotional materials. The Rick Prelinger Archive, which she mentioned in her talk, is a collection of historical videos available free to filmmakers. Enjoy!

Above, President Steve Carman thanks Prof. Rubin with a club coffee mug.
 
Powerpoint:
http://prezi.com/sqrlkcfkanzp/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCIQfeEfZiE&feature=youtu.be

My website
sallyrubinfilms.com<http://sallyrubinfilms.com>

“Deep Down” film
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wf7zynod9kqd4kx/DDForPreviewOnline.mov

“Life on the Line” film
https://finelinefilms.wistia.com/medias/1kskvjnct5

Outreach Proposal

Rick Prelinger archives
https://archive.org/details/prelinger

 


 
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NEW SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Shooting “N2L2D” and “N2L2KYM” at Channel 6 Delayed


A Message from Producer Phil Doran
 
We are in a state of flux right now. The servicing of our switcher threw off our carefully-crafted schedule and, with people taking vacations and all, it may turn out that we won't be able to shoot “Never Too Late to Date” and “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” until May.

Due to technical problems beyond our control, we were not be able to shoot the show scheduled last week at Channel 6. (The plan was to take our equipment, including our new switcher, to the Channel 6 studio.) Our brand new switcher failed to boot up and, after consulting with the manufacturer's tech service department, it was determined that the it must be shipped back to the factory.

We'll re-schedule the shoot at later date and let you as know as soon as it's established. For more info, contact Phil, pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949/421-9788.
 


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Can't Open Corel VideoStudio? Chuck Hale Has Solved the Problem

A Message from Wolfgang Kutter, March 1, 2016


Just yesterday we found out that for many of us who use Corel VS X7 in Windows 7, the program on your computer may not open up at all. Thanks to an overnight (really!) efforts by Chuck Hale, who found a solution to this problem, here is the problem and the solution:

On February 26, 2016 Microsoft issued a Security Update which prevents the Corel VS X7 program from opening up. In case your computer was updated automatically or you updated your computer manually after February 26th, you will encounter this problem.

Here is the solution:

Search on the Internet (Google or otherwise) for the file VSX7_HotFix.exe. Download and install this small file onto your computer and you should have no problem opening up your Corel program as usual. Chuck, we all thank you for spending many hours last night to identify the problem and finding the fix.

 



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In Memoriam--Allen Fortson  

Allen Fortson who served as Vice President of the Video Club Board during 2014 and as co-producer to Phil Doran of “Never Too Late to Date” (Season 1), passed away in February of congestive heart failure. He will be missed.
--Portrait by Barbel Dagostino

Allen lightened our hearts with the “Happy Video” he produced during 2014 to Pharrell Williams' pop hit, showing members of many Village clubs and residents all over the community, dancing to the captivating tune. Here he's shown reviewing footage of the Clown Alley group.
 









 



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Esther Grossfield Starts “Interview Club,” Gets Shows on Channel 6

Video Club member Esther Grossfield has started her own interview club, meeting monthly, with plans for her to interview (mostly Village) seniors and share their wisdom. Shooting is being done at Channel 6. An interview show featuring a 106-year-old resident ran in March. Esther continues to produce other interviews and panel discussions in the Video Club Studio, using member crews, especially Lisa Aoki as camera operator and editor. Esther discussed her plans in a recent Channel 6 “This Day” news show interview with Ken Goldenberg, available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/pR0_y6A1LrA.

 



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OTHER TECH CLUBS

 

PC Club

Mark your calendars for the final two PC Club monthly meetings before their summer hiatus! On Tuesday, April 12, the topic will be “ID Theft and Cyber Security” (click here for flier) and the May 10 meeting will be a “Broadband Services Update: What's Up and Why?” featuring Russ Ridgeway. Free and open to all, the meetings are held at 7 pm in Clubhouse 7 with door prize drawings for club members.

The PC Club is sponsoring a Special Interest Group on the topic “Grab Bag & Odds and Ends” on Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to noon in the PC Learning Center, 3rd floor, Community Center. The session will cover, among other things, how to find what you need on your PC and how to increase your enjoyment of exploration by learning to use the physical tools of the PC. A website resource handout will be provided. For more news, check the club website.

 

Mac Club

A “Beginning iPad” class will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 1 pm, led by Bill and Kathy Tilley, covering the basics. An “Intermediate iPad” class will be held Thursday, April 7, at 1 pm, covering WAZE, games, updates, and demo of some new apps. All classes are held in the Anne & Charles Clark Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center. No advance registration is required, and individual help is available. For additional information, see the club website.

 

Camera Club

On Monday, April 11, travel and documentary photographer Jim Cline will speak at 6:30 pm in Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2, on his recent journeys through Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Peru. Jim's presentation features the very best photos from his recent travels on many trips to these countries, while traveling solo, leading groups on photo tours, and on assignment for humanitarian organizations. A $3 fee for non-members will be collected at the door. For other Camera Club news, visit the club website.

 



Have News for The Videogram?

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The Videogram Archive online at our club website provides links to all past Videograms and Videogram ALERTS.


Videogram writing and editing by Lucy Parker, production by Misako Katayama.


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