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October, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE...


ANNOUNCEMENTS (read more)


President’s Corner

Clubhouse 2 to Reopen November 4 – Our neighboring clubhouse is completing the renovation that has been recorded in weekly photos and videos by (read more)


Fall Classes – Making Videos in the Studio – Learn How!   How-to” emphasis in the Video Club will be on “Multi-Camera Studio Production” during October and November. Starting Saturday (read more)


Solving Audio Problems to Be Discussed on Project Day October 3   Unfortunately, our September Project Day was canceled due to the Clubhouse 2 remodeling power outage. On Monday, (read more)


Video One to Plan New Video Projects at October 14 Meeting   The Video One production group will meet on Friday, October 14, at 10 am in the Video Studio. All members interested in learning to produce (read more)


What Is The Thrive Project and How Can You Be Part of It?   At our General Meeting, Thursday, October 20, in the Video Lab, GRF Board Member Beth Perak and Village resident Scott Marvel will (read more)


Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” to Be Shot in Video Studio October 7   The first episode of the Village's new senior TV game show, “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate,” will be (read more)


Permanent Green Screen Set Being Installed in Video Studio

With donations from several members making it possible, a new permanent green screen set is being  (read more)


Be A Lab Supervisor and Reap the Rewards   Video Lab Supervisors are currently needed for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons so that two Supervisors can be on duty during Lab open hours to (read more)


OTHER TECH CLUBS (read more)



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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Membership Rates to Rise in 2017: Membership Chair Evelyn Chang will start accepting 2017 membership renewals this month. Following a rate increase approved by the Board of Directors this year (the first increase in modern memory!), rates for residents will be: $15 a year for one person, $20 for two at the same address. Non-resident rates will be $20 for one person, $30 for two at the same address. New members signing up now for 2017 will receive free membership for the rest of 2016. Mail payment to Robert Kulpa, Video Club Treasurer, 5221 Moya, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. For more information or to check your membership status, contact Evelyn at evelyn.gc03@gmail.com, (951) 809-6434. Click here for a 2017 membership form.


"Introduction to YouTube” Class Rescheduled to October 27: Check the Fall Class Schedule below for details about Chuck Hale's popular one-session class, “Introduction to YouTube,” which had to be rescheduled from September 15 due to the Clubhouse 2 renovation power outage. 



Windows 10 Is Here: Thanks to Bob Kulpa, our Treasurer and Tuesday Lab Supervisor, Windows 10 has been installed on all Video Lab computers (except computer #12, which still has Windows 7). Most of us are adapting to Windows 10 without difficulty. However, if you'd like help with it, the PC Club offers classes in Windows 10 and assistance during their open hours, 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday in the PC Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center.

 

Nominating Committee Report and By-Laws Change: The Nominating Committee, Betsy Martin and Evelyn Chang, will present a slate of club officers for 2017 at the October 20 General Meeting. A By-Laws change will also be presented to have new officers take over on January 1 instead of after the Annual Awards Banquet. Both will be voted on at the November 17 General Meeting.

 

Individual Video Editing Assistance: If you have a problem editing video or would simply like to improve your skills, one-on-one coaching is available for both PC and Mac users.

Chuck suggests a $10-an-hour donation to the Video Club for his services and, of course, donations are always welcome.

 

Norma Is Home and Driving: Three-time Past-President of the Video Club Norma Benner spent three weeks recovering from hip surgery at Freedom Village this summer and is now home with husband Neil, who continues his recovery from a recent stroke and expects to start speech therapy soon. Norma is driving once again, so we hope to see her at some upcoming Video Club events!
 


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President’s Corner


September 28, 2016

Clubhouse 2 to Reopen November 4 – Our neighboring clubhouse is completing the renovation that has been recorded in weekly photos and videos by Video Club members Chuck Hale (below) and Betsy Martin. Chuck has been assembling videos from the thousands of photos and video clips, using other club Board members as an informal review team.

While the noise of the renovation has occasionally disturbed the Video Club classes and meetings, the contractor has generally been sensitive to our requests, such as providing a series of lights to illuminate the pathway from the parking lot at night. The recent 10-day power outage was unusual, but did cause us to cancel several meetings and classes in September.

At the Grand Reopening on November 4, the Camera Club and the Video Club will document the Clubhouse reopening event. The Video Club documentary of Clubhouse 2 will be featured and played during the reopening. The videos will be archived by the Laguna Woods Village History Center, the original requestor for the video record. Welcome Clubhouse 2!

 

New Green Screen Set -- A new green screen set for the Video Studio is under construction as I write this, to be completed in a few days. When a scene is shot in front of the green screen, the switcher can generate a variety of backgrounds or simulated sets, or copy another snapshot or video of your own. Video One Co-Facilitators Phil Doran and Lucy Parker plan to use this technique on some of their new game show and other programs.

 

Look for the meetings and classes in October as listed in this Videogram. Don’t miss the club General Meeting on Thursday, October 20, when Beth Perak and Scott Marvel will talk about the GRF Thrive project and show some of the videos to be featured on Channel 6.

 

If you have a desire to become a part of the Video Club leadership, now is the time to speak up. Our Nominating Committee (Betsy Martin and Evelyn Chang) will work to identify the candidates for four elected club positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. To add your name to the list of candidates, or to show interest in one of the other positions, just speak to one of the existing officers. Votes by members attending the November General Meeting will elect the officers for 2017 who will take the helm January 1.


See you soon,

Steve Carman, Video Club President


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FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

Making Videos in the Studio – Start Learning How!

How-to” emphasis in the Video Club will be on “Multi-Camera Studio Production” during October and November. Starting Saturday, October 1, Dr. Tom Nash will repeat his introductory class in three weekly sessions, followed on October 29 by a three-session advanced class. With GRF's and VMS's increased emphasis on expanding Channel 6's coverage of residents and Village activities – and with the new production capabilities afforded by our video switcher – opportunities for members to make exciting videos in the Video Studio have never been better. To learn what our new production group, Video One, is up to, click here.

 

FALL CLASS SCHEDULE
 

Multi-Camera Studio Production”

(3 sessions) Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15; 10 am-noon; Video Studio

Dr. Tom Nash, Instructor

A repeat of last spring's popular class which led to formation of our new Studio One video production group. Learn to operate the video switcher and how to work together as a team in the Studio, operating cameras, mics, and lighting; switching; directing; and more. A very “hands-on” course where you will work in a variety of video formats, opening the door to great possibilities. Taking the full series is recommended. Cost is $15 for members, $30 for non-members (includes club membership for 2016 and 2017). Individual sessions are $5. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Nash, Vice President and Learning Opportunitities Committee Chair, tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. Click here for flier.
 

Introduction to YouTube”

(1 session) Thursday, October 27 (rescheduled from September 15), 10 am-noon, Video Lab

Chuck Hale, Instructor

Hands-on – Create your own YouTube account. Plus view Chuck's original video tutorials. Learn the basics and have your questions answered. Topics include an overview of YouTube, creating a YouTube account, 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. Cost is $5. For more info, contact Chuck at Classic2@comline.com, 9949-770-4589.(Click here for flier.)

 

Advanced Multi-Camera Production”

(3 sessions) Saturdays, October 29, November 5, 12; 10 am-noon, Video Studio

Dr. Tom Nash, Instructor

Building on the skills learned in the introductory class. Taking the full series is recommended. Cost is $15 for members, $30 for non-members (includes club membership). Individual sessions are $5. For more information, contact Dr. Nash, Vice President and Learning Opportunitities Committee Chair, tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. Click here for flier.

 

Organizing Your Photos and Videos”

(1 session) Thursday, November 10, 10 am-noon, Video Lab

Chuck Hale, Instructor

This PC-based class will teach you how to use folders, sub-folders, alphanumeric labeling, and re-naming to control files and to know where your files are. The class will include lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on assignments. Lab computers will be available, but students are encouraged to bringing their own laptops. Cost is $5. You are welcome to make copies of class materials to take home. Bring a flash drive. For more info, contact Chuck at Classic2@comline.com, 9949-770-4589.
 

Video Production Basics: Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing”

(4 sessions) Saturdays, November 12, 19 and December 3, 10; 10 am-noon; Video Studio

Dr. Tom Nash, Instructor

Back by popular demand! In Tom's useful overview class, you'll gain a basic understanding of the four elements that go into every video production – lighting, cameras, audio, and editing. Whether it’s a professional shoot or your own family video, proper use of these elements is key to your video’s success. Detailed handouts are provided on each topic. If you've taken this class before, you're welcome to return for review. Cost is $20 for members, $35 for non-members (includes club membership for 2016 and 2017). Individual sessions are $5. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Nash, Vice President and Learning Opportunities Committee Chair, tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781.
 


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Solving Audio Problems to Be Discussed October 3 at Project Day 

Unfortunately, our September Project Day was canceled due to the Clubhouse 2 remodeling power outage. On Monday, October 3, from 1-3 pm in the Video Lab, Project Day Coordinator Betsy Martin is assembling the same lineup of member presenters, insofar as possible. Presenters will include Lucy Parker and Betsy Martin with a show-and-tell on correcting problem sound from their recent video about the Village drumming circle. Others who may present are John Choi, Andy Cullinane, and Phil Doran. Begun in 2013, Project Day provides club members an opportunity to share recent projects for feedback and discussion. Sessions are open without charge to members, as well as to residents and their guests. For information or to be scheduled as a future presenter, contact Betsy at bmartin125@comline.com. 707-540-1955.


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Video One to Plan New Video Projects at October 14 Meeting

The Video One production group will meet on Friday, October 14, at 10 am in the Video Studio. All members interested in learning to produce video as a team in the Studio are invited to attend. Phil Doran, producer-director of the “Never Too Late” senior TV game shows, heads the group with Co-Facilitator Lucy Parker. The group grew out of last spring's “Multi-Camera Studio Production” class taught by Dr. Tom Nash and includes some of the “Never Too Late” game show team as well.

We have two projects aimed at Channel 6 to work on,” said Lucy. “They are Tom Nash's "Village Voices," featuring resident stories, and another show to be produced by retired Hollywood actor John Perak, a frequent actor-director in Village theater productions. John's show was green-lighted last month by the new Channel 6 Programming Task Force, a sub-committee of the GRF Media and Communications Committee.

Over the summer, Studio One members stayed active, first holding self-training sessions in camera and switcher techniques and then carrying out two shoots – a music video with a mostly-resident band called Rock of the Ages, as well as recording the inaugural meeting of the Village's new Brain Fitness Club. For more information on Video One, contact Co-Facilitators Phil Doran at Pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788. or Lucy Parker at lvparker@gmail.com, 949-456-4657.

If you'd like to get in on this activity, enroll in the “Multi-Camera Studio Production” class starting October 1 (click here for flier) and/or contact Dr. Tom Nash at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781, to schedule individual or small-group camera, switcher, or audio training which can bring you up to date on our equipment and qualify you for participation.


NOTE: Completing the individual training mentioned above will qualify members to receive a certificate in camera, switcher, and/or audio operation. Earn all three!

 

 


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GENERAL MEETING – OCTOBER 20

What Is The Thrive Project and How Can You Be Part of It?

At our General Meeting, Thursday, October 20 in the Video Lab (rescheduled from September 15 due to the Clubhouse 2 renovation power outage), GRF Board Member Beth Perak (right) and Village resident and videographer Scott Marvel (below) will talk about The Thrive Project and explain how it's helping Villagers use cell phones, still cameras, and video cameras to document the many ways they're thriving in Laguna Woods Village. Scott, a Video Club Past-President, will also demonstrate how easy it is to document how and why you’re Thriving, using your own cell phone or camera.

The Thrive Project leverages the Internet and Channel 6 so that Villagers can tell their stories. Says Scott: “Join us for an amazing evening that will inspire you and expose you to some amazing video stories which people are living here in the Village!” Snacks and socializing at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm. Open without charge to club members, Village residents, and their guests. For more information, contact Steve Carman, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583. (Click here for flier.)

NEXT MEETING: Our next General Meeting will be Thursday, November 17, when we'll welcome back documentary filmmaker and Chapman University faculty member Sally Rubin, with more insights on producing documentary films. In November, we'll also elect our 2017 officers and vote on a By-Laws change.
 


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Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” to Be Shot in Video Studio October 7


Non-tech (“dry”) rehearsal of the show was held in the Studio on September 28. Above, Phil Doran directs as David Dearing moderates. Below, Marj Huggins (right) keeps score with team members Eydie Bowles (left) and Ellen Van Houten. Photos by Lucy Parker.

The first episode of the Village's new senior TV game show, “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate,” will be shot in the Video Studio early this month with Video One members operating the equipment, according to Producer-Director Phil Doran, who is also the Co-Facilitator of Video One. The show is a send-up of “The Newlywed Game,” a long-lived network game show which debuted in 1966 and still enjoys re-runs, according to Wikipedia. A tech rehearsal will be held Thursday, October 6, from 1-3 pm. Contestants and audience are not needed, but staff, crew, and talent will go through the game with full lights, mics, cameras, and the whiteboard-scoreboard.

The show will be shot on Friday, October 7, from 1-3 pm. Audience members will be needed, so come and join in the fun. The Studio's newly-built green screen set (see below) may be used in the production. Photos by Lucy Parker show a non-tech (“dry”) rehearsal of the show held in the Studio on Wednesday, September 28.

A new episode of the “Never Too Late to Date” TV game show featuring contestants in (or near) their 90s was shot in the Channel 6 Studio on August 12. Channel 6 broadcast dates TBA. For more “N2L” info, contact Phil Doran, Pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788.
 


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Permanent Green Screen Set Being Installed in Video Studio

With donations from several members making it possible, a new permanent green screen set is being built in the Video Studio. According to Vice President Tom Nash, “The reason for the new green screen is that if we are doing anything very complicated (more than one camera), it is fairly difficult to position the cameras so we don't shoot off the edge of the green screen when we have three separate screens with gaps in between (using our existing three-panel set). We have been talking about a dedicated green screen for some time," Tom continued, "so it is a coincidence that this happens at the time when it would be useful for...(the “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate”) project.” The show will be shot on October 7.

An estimate of $300 from club funds, recently approved for the new set by the Board of Directors, assumed that members would provide the labor. That proved unfeasible, and an estimate of $758 from a handyman included $300 for materials with the balance for labor. Donations from members made up the deficit. This set will be large enough for a three-camera shoot. If necessary, it can be disassembled and moved.

Above, Tom Nash in the partially-built green screen set on September 29 in the Video Studio. Note curved corner on the left. Curved corners will eliminate seams which can destroy the green-screen illusion.
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Be A Lab Supervisor and Reap the Rewards

Former Lab Supervisor John Hill is shown at right, helping a resident.

Video Lab Supervisors are currently needed for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons so that two Supervisors can be on duty during Lab open hours to assist residents and to substitute for each other when one must be absent.
Do you enjoy cameras and computers? Can you to devote one afternoon a week to helping others with their video projects? The rewards are real when grateful residents offer heartfelt thanks (and sometimes donations) after copying old slides or VHS tapes to share with family or after editing their raw footage into a real video to put on YouTube. Don't worry about your technical knowledge. You'll receive training. Just remember, none of our Supervisors has all the answers -- and no one expects them to.

The personal satisfaction one feels when helping fellow residents is what keeps some Supervisors serving in the Lab for years, according to veteran Friday Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter, who plans to hold a Supervisors Round-Up later this month (date and time TBA). Under Wolfgang's leadership, the Supervisors held their first group meeting (at least in current memory) last July and decided to continue having regular get-togethers for planning and training. For more info or to volunteer, please contact Wolfgang at wkrkutter@comline.com, 949-457-1259.
 


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OTHER TECH CLUBS
 

PC Club

The PC's club next General Meeting will be Tuesday, October 8, at 7 pm in Clubhouse 7. The topic will be “Web Browsers & Search Engines,” asking what your choices are and if one is best for you. For search, it might not be Google, and for browsers, it might not be Internet Explorer or Chrome. Learn the surprising answers! Door prize drawing for PC club members. All residents are welcome, and night bus service is available.

The PC Club is looking for volunteers to serve as greeters, lab supervisors, and classroom assistants. Contact a board member, email the club through the website, call 949-268-2262, or visit the the PC Workshop on the third floor of the Community Center. Flexible schedule, excellent working conditions, super-nice people!

The PC Workshop is open, providing PCs for all residents to use (some are equipped with video editing software), 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday. It's not necessary to be a PC Club member to use this facility. More information on the club website. If you're interested in either the Genealogy & Family History Research Group or the Skype Special Interest Group, you can register online by going to the club website and selecting “Online Registration” on the left.

 

Mac Club

The Mac Club offers classes and personal assistance in using Macintosh computers, iPads, and iPhones in the Anne and Charles Clark Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center. The Mac facility is open 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday. Early October classes include “Individual Help with Steve” on Monday, October 3, at 1 pm; “Beginning iPad” class with Bill and Kathy Tilley on Tuesday, October 4, at 1 pm, covering basics for those who are new to the iPad or need additional training; “iMac and MacBook” class with Ron Plain on Wednesday, October 5, at 1 pm, covering the apps Photos and Mail; and “Intermediate iPad” class on Thursday, October 6, at 1 pm with Ron Plain, covering settings and control center. More information on the club website.

 

Camera Club

Video Club and Camera Club members Jim and Linda Lenthall will show slides and videos of Vietnam on Monday, October 10, at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center (CH3), Dining Room 2. Linda is well-known to Video Club members for the many awards her travel and animal videos have won in our Annual Short Video Contest. She and Jim have been to Vietnam twice in the past 12 years and are considered two of the most outstanding photographers in the Camera Club. Their presentation will take viewers from Hanoi on down the coast all the way to the Mekong Delta. Included will be the colorful ethnic hill tribes along the Chinese and Laos borders with their outdoor markets and daily activities. There are stops in Hanoi, the ancient city of Hue, and Hoi An. The southern portion of their show includes Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, and finally the famous Mekong Delta, site of unique and sometimes bizarre markets on both water and land. Members are admitted free, $3 donation for non-members.

The Camera Club is celebrating its 50th year. The club's Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm and on Saturday from 9 am-noon. Supervisors are present to monitor equipment and activity, but are not expected to have knowledge of all equipment and software programs. You can reserve slots of time on any computer by signing up in advance on the reservation schedule. 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.
Videogram writing and editing by Lucy Parker, production by Misako Katayama (who was with family in Japan the last we heard). 
The Videogram Archive on our club website provides links to all past Videograms and Videogram ALERTS.

 

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