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ANNOUNCEMENTS & APPOINTMENTS

Help Wanted! Current leadership opportunities are listed below. For information, contact President Steve (READ MORE)
 


 

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
February 27, 2016

2016 is a leap year, so February has an extra day on February 29th. Leap day is added on February 29 because the actual time it takes the Earth to orbit the (READ MORE)

 



Photos from “The Big Switch!” at General Meeting on February 18
Club members assisted Vice President and acting Studio Manager Tom Nash before and behind the camera at our February 18 General Meeting, “The Big Switch!” (READ MORE)

 


"New Direction” to Be Proposed at Corel Forum on March 1

A message from Facilitator Wolfgang Kutter:

"Our next Corel VS Forum will be on Tuesday March 1. The main topic of this Forum will be a more detailed coverage of the 'Painting Creator' and a new subject/feature not previously (READ MORE)
 



iMovie Workshop to Suspend Meetings

The iMovie Workshop, which has been meeting twice-monthly on the first and third Fridays from 10 am-noon in the Video Lab, led by Steve Carman, (READ MORE)
 


CONTEST VIDEOS WILL BE DISCUSSED

Baker, Sciupac, Burr, and Harper to Present at March 7 Project Day

Four members will present at our monthly Project Day, Monday, March 7, 1-3 pm, in the Video Lab. Jim Baker and Danny Sciupac (READ MORE)
 


HOW TO MAKE A DOCUMENTARY FILM”

Documentary Filmmaker Sally Rubin to Address March 17 General Meeting

Documentary filmmaker Sally Rubin, an Assistant Professor in Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, will discuss (READ MORE)
 



HANDS-ON” COURSE STARTS MARCH 19

Learn to Use Our New Switcher!

At right, Instructor Tom Nash operates our new video switcher, purchased with GRF funds, which mixes (READ MORE)
 



OTHER CLUB MEMBERS ALSO BROADCAST SHOWS

Channel 6 to Air Awards Banquet Video and Contest Entries in March

A 28-minute video of our January 23 “Academy” Awards Banquet, shot and edited by member  (READ MORE)

 


RECENT REHEARSAL PHOTOS

Schedule Set for Shooting “N2L2D” in Channel 6 Studio During March

(READ MORE)
 


Winter-Spring Class Schedule – Improve Your Skills!

Led by Vice President Tom Nash, the Learning Opportunities Committee has announced our Winter-Spring Class Schedule.(READ MORE)
 



View and Download Awards Banquet Photos

259 photos from our January 23 Awards Banquet – including guest portraits by Tom Nash, candids by Mike Evans and Barbel Dagostino, (READ MORE)
 


 

Like-New GoPro HERO 4 for Sale

Club member Esther Grossfield wants to sell her GoPro HERO 4 silver with a few extra attachments plus a (READ MORE)
 


 

WITH THE TECH CLUBS

PC Club

The Windows 10 operating system and Office 2016 software will be discussed in a Microsoft Store presentation at the PC Club's next General (READ MORE)

 

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Have News for The Videogram?

If you have information you would like to submit to The Videogram, please send it to Lucy Parker, Publicity Director, lvparker@gmail.com, 949-456-4657.

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.

 

Want your friends to join the Video Club?
Send them this link: http://eepurl.com/VsW31 They can sign up for the Videogram to see what we do for our members and how much fun we have!

 

Manage your email preferences by using the links at the bottom of your personalized Videogram. If you have a change of email address, however, please send it to Membership Director Evelyn Chang at evelyn.gc03@gmail.com for our club records. Evelyn will make sure we get your new email address.

 

Visit the Video Club website and events/Video Studio calendar
tinyurl.com/go-video-club

Visit our YouTube channel: youtube.com/lagunawoodsvideoclub

 



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ANNOUNCEMENTS & APPOINTMENTS

Help Wanted! Current leadership opportunities are listed below. For information, contact President Steve Carman, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583.

  • VIDEO LAB MANAGER. Past President Charles Higginson is stepping down from this key position – coordinate Lab Supervisors, manage Lab equipment.

  • VIDEO STUDIO MANAGER. Tom Nash, acting – training can be provided – coordinate Studio use and manage Studio equipment – Studio scheduling is handled by Lisa Kirsoff.

  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR. Steve Carman, acting – plan General Meetings for the club.

  • HOSPITALITY DIRECTOR. Joan Carman, acting – provide refreshments at General Meetings, keep Video Lab coffee table stocked, other occasional duties.

  • WEBMASTER. Lucy Parker, acting – training can be provided – keep the world informed about the Video Club online.

  • VIDEO LAB SUPERVISORS. Regular positions are open on Wednesdays and Fridays – or sign up as a substitute. Enjoyable work that's greatly appreciated by Village residents – some Supervisors find the job so satisfying that they have served for years!
     

Join or renew your Video Club membership!
Cost is $10 a year or $15 for two at the same address. Download a
Membership Application from our club website and send your completed form and check to Membership Director Evelyn Chang.
 



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PRESIDENT'S CORNER
February 27, 2016

 

2016 is a leap year, so February has an extra day on February 29th. Leap day is added on February 29 because the actual time it takes the Earth to orbit the sun is 365.2421 days. To ensure consistency with the true astronomical year, one day is added to the year every four years in order to get the calendar back in sync with the seasons of our planet.

Even with the extra day, February was more summer-like than the wet month predicted in response to El Nino. Now the weather predictors are saying March and April are likely to be rainy since El Nino remains strong. Time will tell. End of science lesson.

I recently joined the GRF Media and Communications Committee at the invitation of the committee chair, JoAnn di Lorenzo. As a consultant to the committee, I can support Paul Ortiz, Channel 6 GM, by commenting on his requests for new equipment.

The Annual Village Games are just around the corner and the GRF Recreation Division is in the planning process. The Video Club Board of Directors has approved our Silver Level sponsorship donation of $500 to help lower registration costs and enhance the event. In exchange for our donation, our logo will be featured on the registration materials and the event shirts, and we will have a table to promote the Video Club at two of the venues. The games begin in April and the Closing Ceremony will be on Monday, May 2. If you plan to participate in the games, let us know so we can cheer for you.

Maybe some of our videographers can shoot some videos of the games.

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 (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 and I’ll be sure to send you a new invitation.

See you soon,
Steve Carman, Video Club President

steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583.
 


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Photos from “The Big Switch!” at General Meeting on February 18

Club members assisted Vice President and acting Studio Manager Tom Nash before and behind the cameras at our February 18 General Meeting, “The Big Switch!” – which introduced our new video switcher in the Video Studio. Tom is shown explaining switcher operations as Ellen Van Houten, Eydie Bowles,, and Phil Doran arrange the set for their comedy sketch in this photo by Charles Higginson, who also took the shots below while videotaping the event. Talk about multi-tasking!

















At top, Susie Stockholm (left) was interviewed by Marge Kinney as the two artists discussed Susie's iPad art projects with Wolfgang Kutter and Lucy Parker operating cameras. Lisa Aoki was behind a third camera, not shown.. Alan Goldman sang and played a vintage Bob Dylan number while the monitor displayed a different background added by the switcher. In their scene spoofing "Never Too Late to Date," Ellen and Phil were transported to a balcony at the 19 Restaurant, thanks to switcher magic.
 



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"New Direction” to Be Proposed at Corel Forum on March 1

A message from Facilitator Wolfgang Kutter:

"Our next Corel VS Forum will be on Tuesday March 1. The main topic of this Forum will be a more detailed coverage of the 'Painting Creator' and a new subject/feature not previously covered, i.e. 'Path' (moving video and image clips). Corel VS offered this feature starting with the X7 version.

"Also, I will propose a new direction of our future meetings, in a way that will involve you as a participant more than we have you involved so far. Hoping that many of you will come to hear what this is all about.”

The Corel Forum meets on the first and third Tuesdays for those learning to edit video on PCs and is open free to club members and Village residents, Ralph Vanderlinde will faciltate the March 15 session. 10 am-noon in the Video Lab For more info, contact Wolfgang, wkutter@yahoo.com, 949-457-1259. (Click here for flier.)

 


 

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iMovie Workshop to Suspend Meetings

The iMovie Workshop, which has been meeting twice-monthly on the first and third Fridays from 10 am-noon in the Video Lab, led by Steve Carman, will suspend meetings during March to re-group.

 

Attendance has dropped,” says Steve. “To bring in new users, we may offer a formal 'Introduction to iMovie' class later this spring.” He added that, if interest warrants it, Al Koch may also offer training in iMovie for the iPad. For information, contact Steve at, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583.

 

If you're a Mac user interested in video editing, please let Steve hear from you ASAP! How can the Video Club best meet your needs?
 


 

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CONTEST VIDEOS WILL BE DISCUSSED

Baker, Sciupac, Burr, and Harper to Present at March 7 Project Day

Four members will present at our monthly Project Day, Monday, March 7, 1-3 pm, in the Video Lab. Jim Baker and Danny Sciupac will show their videos, “America” and “Life Lessons,” which won second and third place in our annual Short Video Contest. Pat Burr, whose video, “Festival at Erumeli,” was also among the top 10 contest entries screened at at the January 23 Awards Banquet, will join them as the three discuss how their made their contest videos. Danny's presentation will be titled: “Life Lessions: The Idea, The Project, The Production.” In addition, George Harper will demonstrate using ProShow Producer to make a slide show. Free to all residents and their guests. For more information, contact Project Day Coordinator Betsy Martin, bmartin125@comline.com, 707-540-1955. Click here for flier.

If you have a recent work or work-in-progress to share (limited to 8 minutes), please contact Betsy to be scheduled for an upcoming Project Day.

 



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HOW TO MAKE A DOCUMENTARY FILM”

Documentary Filmmaker Sally Rubin to Address March 17 General Meeting

Documentary filmmaker Sally Rubin, an Assistant Professor in Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, will discuss "How to Make A Documentary Film: From Concept to Distribution" at our next General Meeting, Thursday, March 17. Utilizing student documentaries as examples, she will elaborate on her view that:
 

“The power of documentary filmmaking is the ability to inspire people into caring about other people's lives, creating an understanding between people who otherwise would never come into contact with each other, and getting people to take action in the world on issues that they care about.”
 

With over 15 years in the field, Professor Rubin has completed many documentary films shown on PBS, at major film festivals, and other venues. She holds an M.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. At Chapman, she teaches "The Documentary Tradition," covering the history and genres of documentary film as well as courses in all phases of documentary film production. She also directs a documentary travel program which takes students around the globe and coordinates a series of documentaries focusing on women's lives in diverse part of the US.  Her advice to students:

“Slow down, create a plan. Be organized in the editing room and that will get you the story that you want.”
 
“You don't have to travel across the globe to find compelling stories. We have such interesting and diverse stories right here in our own backyard.”

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.

 



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HANDS-ON” COURSE STARTS MARCH 19

Learn to Use Our New Switcher

At right, Instructor Tom Nash operates our new video switcher, purchased with GRF funds, which mixes feeds from multiple cameras and other video sources in real time during production, opening new creative options. Photo by Barbel Dagostino

Explore what the new equipment may mean for your own video projects, as well as for the club, by enrolling in our new class, “Multi-Camera Studio Production,” to be held on four Saturday mornings beginning March 19, 10 am-noon in the Video Studio. You'll learn to operate the switcher and how to work together as a team to produce videos in the Studio.

"A very 'hands-on' course where you will produce a variety of video formats," says Instructor, Tom Nash. "It's fun and will open the door to great possibilities for the future.” $5 per person or $15 for the series for members, $25 for non-members (includes club membership). Pre-enrollment not required. For information, contact Tom at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. Click here for flier.

The newly-added Studio equipment includes a NewTek Tricaster Mini HD-4 Switcher ($5,999), a NewTek Tricaster Mini Control Surface ($2,495), cables and headsets ($674.25), and another Canon VIXIA HF G30 Full HD Camcorder ($1,149). This high-quality prosumer camcorder replaces the club's outdated and more-difficult-to-use professional camcorders and matches two others like it to assure matching audio and video in multi-camera shoots.
 


 

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OTHER CLUB MEMBERS ALSO BROADCAST SHOWS

Channel 6 to Air Awards Banquet Video and Contest Entries in March

A 28-minute video of our January 23 “Academy” Awards Banquet, shot and edited by member Mike Bajc of Digital Arts Plus in Mission Viejo (and premiered at our February 18 General Meeting), has been combined with all 10 of the Short Video Contest final videos into a one-hour “Video Club Show” to be aired on Channel 6 at the following times:
Photo by Barbel Dagostino

Friday, March 11, at 2 pm

Tuesday, March 22, at 2 pm

Saturday, March 26, at 2 pm

Thursday, March 31, at 6 pm

 

Video Club training is having a wider impact on the Village as our members employ their new skills to help other clubs use the powerful medium of video.

Member Peggy Edwards, founder and president of the Village Publishing Club, has been working with us for months to learn video editing, taking classes, attending the Corel Forum, and coming in with new member Phil Silverman to work under guidance in the Video Lab. Now Peggy and Phil's efforts are paying off! An hour-long video of a Publishing Club event (held last year in the Village Library with authors discussing their work) was shot with set-up assistance from member Alan Goldman and painstakingly edited in Corel VideoStudio by Peggy and Phil. It will be seen on Channel 6 at the following times:

Wednesday, March 9, at 2 pm

Wednesday, March 23, at 2 pm

Wednesday, March 30, at 2 pm

Member Esther Grossfield, who has been developing interview shows under club guidance and with member technical assistance, will appear in a Village Theater Guild program on Chanel 6 at the following times:

Friday, March 4, at 2 pm

Friday, March 11, at 6 pm

Friday, March 18, at 6 pm

Friday, March 25, at 2 pm
 


 

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RECENT REHEARSAL PHOTOS

Schedule Set for Shooting “N2L2D” in Channel 6 Studio During March
 





Above, a tech and wardrobe rehearsal of "Never Too Late to Know Your Mate," held in the Video Studio on February 25, using our new switcher for the first time. Note in lower photo that the green screen behind the contestants has been replaced in the monitor at left with a photo in real time. No more need wait for post-production to add a background.
Photos by Barbel Dagostino


The “Never Too Late” team has been working with Channel 6 to further develop the popular “Never Too Late to Date” TV game show for Village singles, which was launched by the Video Club during 2014-2015 under the leadership of Phil Doran, retired TV comedy writer.
The original game continues along with the new game, “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” (for married couples). A big change is that shooting will be done in the Channel 6 studio with many tech jobs being handled by club members using familiar Video Club equipment. For more info, contact Phil, pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949/421-9788.


A message from Phil Doran, “Never Too Late” Producer, February 27, 2016:

"Please disregard all previous schedules, this is the final word on how we'll proceed with all functions being held at the Channel 6 Studio.


"NEVER TOO LATE TO DATE:

Tuesday, March 8, 10 am-noon -- Walk Through, Producers Only

Wednesday, March 16, 11:45 am-1:30 pm -- Walk Through, full staff, no contestants

Monday, March 28, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm -- Tech Rehearsal, full staff, crew, and contestants

Tuesday, March 29, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm -- Taping Show, full staff, crew, and contestants


"NEVER TOO LATE TO KNOW YOUR MATE:

Tech Rehearsal and Taping – TBA”

 



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Winter-Spring Class Schedule – Improve Your Skills!

Led by Vice President Tom Nash, the Learning Opportunities Committee has announced our Winter-Spring Class Schedule. For information about any of these upcoming classes, contact Tom Nash, tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781.


"Basic Video Production” continues for two more “drop-in” Saturday mornings, March 5 and 12, 10 am-noon, in the Video Lab and Studio, covering sound and editing with detailed handouts. If you haven't yet taken this overview of video fundamentals – or would like to review the basics – plan to attend! $5 per session.

 

NEW COURSE: “Multi-Camera Studio Production.” four weekly sessions, beginning March 19. See separate article.

 

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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View and Download Awards Banquet Photos

259 photos from our January 23 Awards Banquet – including guest portraits by Tom Nash, candids by Mike Evans and Barbel Dagostino, and program pix by Mike, Barbel, and Lucy Parker – are on the Video Club's new Google Photos site for all to enjoy. Click the following links:

PORTRAITS https://goo.gl/photos/15ZBxcT2NhJJg6f27

CANDIDS https://goo.gl/photos/pYADAaS6NjhtCnD2A

PROGRAM https://goo.gl/photos/PmAdy69oYJRP4Gjk7

Each of these URLs links to an album – and anyone who has the link can access, view, and download any banquet photo. Many thanks to our photographers!

 



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Like-New GoPro HERO 4 for Sale

Club member Esther Grossfield wants to sell her GoPro HERO 4 silver with a few extra attachments plus a memory card. It cost $550 all together. Almost new, used 3 or 4 times. All instructions included. Best offer. Call 818-522-9422 or email billestherg@yahoo.com .

 



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WITH THE TECH CLUBS

 

PC Club

The Windows 10 operating system and Office 2016 software will be discussed in a Microsoft Store presentation at the PC Club's next General Meeting, Tuesday, March 8, at 7 pm in Clubhouse 7. Open to all residents. Free door prize drawing. Night bus service available. Click here for flier.

 

Registration for the PC Club's Session 2 classes will be held Saturday, March 5, 10 am-noon, in the PC Learning Center, third floor, Community Center. (Korean language class registration will be Thursday, March 3, 9:30-11:30 am.) Video Club member Gail Minichiello will again be offering her 4-week “Intermediate Picasa” (photo editing) class starting March 14. Learn to use this great free tool for managing still photos! Click here for a list of classes on the club website.

 

Mac Club

A “Beginning iPad” class will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 1 pm, led by Bill and Kathy Tilley, covering the basics. An “Intermediate iPad” class will be held Thursday, March 3, at 1 pm, led by Ron Plain, covering the “Photos” app. 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

Taking Your Photography to the Next Level” will be presented by Ralph Nardstrom on Monday, March 14, at 6:30 pm, in Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 2, to explore the process of building the technical and creative skills needed to create images with impact. Open to all residents – $3 fee for non-members. For other Camera Club news, visit the club website.

 


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Have News for The Videogram?

If you have information you would like to submit to The Videogram, please send it to Lucy Parker, Publicity Director, lvparker@gmail.com, 949-456-4657.

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.
 

Want your friends to join the Video Club?
Send them this link: http://eepurl.com/VsW31 They can sign up for the Videogram to see what we do for our members and how much fun we have!

 

Manage your email preferences by using the links at the bottom of your personalized Videogram. If you have a change of email address, however, please send it to Membership Director Evelyn Chang at evelyn.gc03@gmail.com for our club records. Evelyn will make sure we get your new email address.
 

Visit the Video Club website and events/Video Studio calendar
tinyurl.com/go-video-club

Visit our YouTube channel: youtube.com/lagunawoodsvideoclub

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