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Videogram ALERT

December 19, 2016

►Winter-Spring Video Club Class Schedule
 "Intro to PC Video Editing" starts Saturday, January 7
Project Day to explore editing styles, Monday, January 9
Chuck Hale, Betsy Martin, and Joel Goldstein to present
►Short Video Contest deadline is Friday, January 27
      Is your entry ready?

New Classes Go Beyond Shooting and Editing Skills

Get out your calendar and decide to improve your video skills in the new year! Our Learning Opportunities Committee is offering lots of choices (14, to be exact), including several new classes. And don't forget: you can also earn certificates in the use of Video Studio equipment (cameras, audio, switcher) and/or schedule individual tutoring sessions on video topics ($10/hr donation to the Video Club will be appreciated)..For more information, contact Vice President and Learning Opportunities Director Dr. Tom Nash,, 714 381-0781.

Video Club classes are open to all residents and club members. No pre-registration is required for most classes. The additional charge for non-members includes 2017 club membership.


2017 Winter-Spring Class Schedule

“Introduction to PC Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio,” 4 sessions, Learn how to bring your videos and photos into the time line and edit them, adding titles, music, and narration; then learn how to make a finished MP4 video and/or DVD to share with family and friends. Use Video Lab PCs or bring your own laptop equipped with VideoStudio X7 or later. Taking the entire four-session class is strongly recommended. $15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Tom Nash -- Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28; 10-noon; Video Lab

NEW CLASS: Become A Shreditor: Learn to Capture Your Life with A Smartphone,” 2 sessions. Professional videographer Scott Marvel, a longtime evangelist for smartphone video, refers you to this article -- -- which defines a "shreditor" as one who shoots, produces, and edits video on a smartphone. In this new class, you'll shoot and edit videos on your Apple or Android phone as Scott shares his story-telling and technical video skills. Special emphasis on the Village's Thrive Project -- telling resident stories through video on Channel 6 and YouTube. To enroll, please contact Scott at, 626-826-8818. $10 for members, $25 for non-members.
Scott Marvel -- Mondays, January 23, 30; 9:30 am-noon; Video Lab.

“Multi-Camera PC Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio X9,” 1 session. If you own VideoStudio X9 or plan to buy it, this class is for you! (Currently, VideoStudio X7 is on all Lab computers; X9 is only on a few of them.) Multi-editing is a powerful and useful new tool on X9,,not available on earlier versions. Among other features, it automatically syncs sound when a shoot was done with more than one camera. Use Video Lab PCs or bring your own laptop equipped with VideoStudio X9.  "Introduction to PC Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio" is a pre-requisite for this class. $5 for members, $20 for non-members.
Tom Nash -- Saturday, February 4, 10 am-noon, Video Lab

“Introduction to Macintosh Video Editing with iMovie,” 3  sessions Learn how manage your video files in iMovie. Learn to  bring your videos and photos into the time line and edit them, adding titles, music, and narration. Then learn to make a finished MP4 video and/or DVD to share with family and friends.Use Video Lab Mac computers or bring your own laptop equipped with recent version of iMovie. This class is for full-featured iMovie, not iPhone and iPad editing. $15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Steve Carman (may team with Al Koch) -- Fridays, February 10, 17, 24; 10 am-noon; Video Lab

“Introduction to Multi-Camera Studio Production,” three sessions. Gain basic skills in the use of cameras, lighting, audio, and switcher, needed to make videos in the Video Studio. A repeat of last spring's successful class which led to formation of our Video One production group. To be followed by a three-session advanced class. $15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Tom Nash -- Saturdays, February 18, 25, March 4; 10 am-noon; Video Studio

“iMovie Video Editing for iPad and iPhone,” 1 session. A repeat of last fall's successful class. Focus will be on video editing with iMovie and still-photo editing and management with Photos (which replaced iPhoto). You'll do everything on your iPhone or iPad, shooting and editing a complete video during the three-hour class. Must have current version of iMovie and Photos and latest operating system on your device, and must already know how to use your device, including taking photos and videos. If you don't have these updates and basic skills, you can get help at the Anne and Charles Clark Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center. Before attending, please contact Al Koch for more information,, 949-825-8107. Enrollment is limited. $5 for members, $20 for non-members.
Al Koch -- Monday, February 20, 9 am-noon, Video Lab

“Introduction to YouTube,” 1 session. Always a favorite, this hands-on class will show you how to create your own YouTube account (if you wish). You'll learn the basics and have your questions answered. Other topics include an overview of YouTube, how to upload a video to YouTube, how to delete a YouTube video, installing and using YouTube Downloader, and how to download music from the YouTube Audio Library. You'll also view Chuck's original video tutorials. Use Video Lab PCs or bring your own laptop. $5 for members, $20 for non-members.
Chuck Hale -- Date and time TBA, Video Lab


“Advanced Multi-Camera Studio Production,” 3  sessions, This class builds on the introductory class just completed -- or take it to refresh your skills. Topics will include green screen techniques and use of the teleprompter.. $15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Tom Nash -- Saturdays, March 11, 18., 25; 10 am-noon; Video Studio


“Shooting Video That Doesn't Suck,” 4 sessions. Repeat of a popular class offered in 2014 and 2015. Covers basic principles of shooting video with any camera. Includes video tutorials, handouts, demos, hands-on shooting sessions, and class critiques, To be offered only with minimum enrollment of six. If interested, please contact Betsy Martin at, 707-540-1955, or Lucy Parker at, 949-456-4657.
Betsy Martin & Lucy Parker -- Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24; 10 am-noon; Video Lab


NEW CLASS: “Broadcast Performance,” 3 sessions. Topics include interviewing, reporting, announcing, hosting, and humor. See yourself in action on-screen and learn necessary performance skills, $15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Tom Nash -- Saturdays, April 8, 15, 22; 10-noon; Video Studio

NEW CLASS: “The Role of the Producer,” 2 sessions. How do video programs happen? Beyond those doing creative work in front of and behind the cameras, the essential role of putting it all together is played by the producer -- initial planning, funding and budgeting, lining up key personnel, overall scheduling, handling legal issues, arranging distribution, and more. Does this challenging, managerial kind of creativity interest you? Come and find out!
Tom Nash (may team with Phil Doran) -- Saturdays, May 6, 13; 10 am-noon; Video Studio

“Introduction to Video Production,” 3 sessions. A repeat of Tom's popular video basics class, covering cameras (May 20), lighting (May 27), and audio (June 3). Video editing, formerly part of this class, is now being covered in our introductory PC and Mac video editing classes. Get a basic understanding of essential elements that go into every video, amateur or professional. Also great for review! Retake the whole series or just the sessions you need -- and have your questions answered.$15 for members, $30 for non-members, or $5 per session.
Tom Nash -- Saturdays, May 20, 27, June 3; 10 am-noon; Video Studio

NEW CLASS: “How to Be Interviewed,” number of sessions TBA. Look good and get your points across with broadcast media. Learn how to answer and NOT answer questions while staying in control of your message. A special class may be held for Village governing board members, along with one open to all all residents. Stay tuned!
Tom Nash and Cyndee Whitney -- Date, time TBA, Video Studio

NEW CLASS: “Simple Video Animation,” number of sessions TBA, To be offered if interest warrants, If you'd like to learn some basic animation techniques, please contact Tom Nash,, 714 381-0781.
Tom Nash -- Date and time TBA, Video Lab.and Studio


Editing Historical Videos Is Project Day Topic Monday, January 9

Three approaches to editing historical videos will be presented at the next Project Day, Monday, January 9, 1-3 pm, in the Video Lab. Chuck Hale will explain how he organized thousands of videos and photos into the fast-moving renovation video shown at the recent Clubhouse 2 Grand Re-Opening. He'll also discuss why he by-passed narration, relying on titles with strong background music to tell the story. Chuck used Pinnacle for editing.

Betsy Martin and Joel Goldstein will present their historical videos shown December 6 at Concerned Citizens' 35th Anniversary Banquet. Betsy's video, edited in Pinnacle, emphasized interviews with past and current group leaders, while Joel's, edited in Proshow Producer, is a slideshow of people and events backed by '60s and '70s music appropriate to the periods.

Project Days are open free to all residents and their guests and are held three times a year, showcasing members' recent work and work-in-progress for critique and discussion. The next future Project Day will be Monday, April 3. If you have work you would like to present, please contact Betsy, our Project Day Coordinator, at, 707-540-1955.


Video Contest Deadline Is Friday, January 27, Awards Banquet Set for Sunday, February 19

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The deadline for our 2016 Annual Short Video Contest is 4 pm Friday, January 27, in the Video Lab.  Plan to enter this year! One approach is to re-edit part of a longer video into a 4-minute gem. Another is to string together events you've been shooting for years, like holidays or birthdays, and give them a new look and sound, even adding special effects. Creativity's the key.

Contest chair Roland Harrison has set up a box for DVDs near the Video Lab entry, along with a sign-in sheet for contestants, and entries are coming in. . Entries must be member-produced, in DVD format (Blu-Ray is OK), and no more than 4 minutes long. The Contest Committee will select the top 10 entries to be shown at our 7th Annual "Academy Awards" Banquet on Sunday, February 19, in Clubhouse 3, Dining Room 1, when attendees will vote to select the top three winners. For more contest details, contact Roland at, 949-830-6803, Click here for a contest info sheet.


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