January, 2017 Happy New Year!
IN THIS ISSUE...
ANNOUNCEMENTS (read more)
President’s Corner, VIDEO CLUB GENERAL MEETING, Perhaps you’ve noticed the many improvements in the Channel 6 programs and noted the high (read more)
Editing Historical Videos Is Project Day Topic Monday, January 9 Three approaches to editing historical videos will be presented at the next (read more)
Video Contest Deadline Is Friday, January 27 Still don't have an idea for your 2016 Annual Short Video Contest entry? Look over your footage. There may be (read more)
January 19 General Meeting: CEO Brad Hudson Sees Opportunities for Video Club How many retirement communities have their own (read more)
Jolanda to Cater “Academy” Awards Banquet Sunday, February 19 An elegant, fun, dress-up and sit-down event (no buffet) is what this year's (read more)
“Never Too Late to Be Great” Nears Finish Line Producer-director Phil Doran, editor Lisa Aoki, and the “Never Too Late” team are putting finishing touches on the (read more)
Video One to Shoot Theatre Guild “Love Letters” Production Members of the Video One production team are planning a three-camera studio recreation of (read more)
VIDEO CLUB OF LAGUNA WOODS 2017 Winter-Spring Class Schedule (read more)
OTHER TECH CLUBS (read more)
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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.
For help with Corel VideoStudio on the PC, contact Wolfgang Kutter at firstname.lastname@example.org, 949-457-1259, or Ralph Vanderlinde, RalphVanderlinde@yahoo.com, 949-677-5076.
For help with iMovie on the Mac, contact Steve Carman, email@example.com, 424-254-6583, or Al Koch, firstname.lastname@example.org, 949-825-8107.
For help editing in Pinnacle 15 or 19 on the PC, contact Chuck Hale, email@example.com,
The club suggests a $10-an-hour donation to the Video Club for tutoring services.
2017 Membership Payments Due: Cost is $15 a year for one person, $20 for two at the same address for residents. Non-residents are $20 for one person, $30 for two at the same address. For more information, contact Membership Director Evelyn Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org, (951) 809-6434. Click here for a membership form to complete and mail with your renewal check.
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VIDEO CLUB GENERAL MEETING
Perhaps you’ve noticed the many improvements in the Channel 6 programs and noted the high definition (HD) quality on Channel 406. At our next General Meeting , January 19, VMS's CEO/General Manager Brad Hudson will speak on his vision for the future of Village TV (VTV). With the purchase of new high definition cameras and transmission equipment, the GRF Media and Communications Committee is overseeing the transformation of our internal cable TV system to benefit the residents of Laguna Woods Village. Learn how the Video Club can help shape the design of GM Brad’s ideas for improvement. The meeting will be held in the Video Lab with refreshments starting at 6:30 pm. The program begins at 7 pm.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Steve serves as an Adviser on the GRF Media & Communications Committee, mentioned above, giving the Video Club “a voice at the table.”
SPECIAL iMOVIE CLASS IN FEBRUARY
This month, I'm pleased to announce that a new “Introduction to Macintosh Video Editing with iMovie,” class will be taught here for the first time by a Certified Apple Instructor, Rick Thues! I met Rick, one of the area's leading experts, through an Apple Store referral. Starting Friday, February 10, he will teach a three-session introductory class in video editing, covering the basics of gathering content, editing, and publishing in iMovie. No question will be too simple or too complex. This class is for our Apple users of the iMovie editing app that runs on the iMac desktop computer, MacBook laptop, iPad tablet, and iPhone. Click here for more details about his class.
Rick (right) is known throughout Southern California as the "iMentor" – who can “teach anyone half as much about computers as their kids know.”. He's a member of the Apple Consultants network and an expert Apple user, trainer, installer, and troubleshooter and can be reached for consulting through his website. Since he bought his first Mac in 1984, Rick has helped people use this innovative machine. His clients range from 6-year-old triplets who can use the Dock and File-folders to a 93-year-old man who can email and manage attachments. Rick can help with any Apple product from their computer to iPod, iPad, iPhone or Apple TV.
PC users who want to learn video editing need to act this week! "Introduction to PC Video Editing with Corel Video Studio" taught by Tom Nash from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab, starts this Saturday, January 7, for four sessions. Click here for more details. Click here for a class flier.
Later this month, the Video Club offers a special opportunity to learn from an expert how to create videos on our smartphones, from idea to completion. "Become a Shreditor: Learn to Capture Your Life with a Smartphone" will be taught on two consecutive Mondays, January 23 and 30, 9:30 am-noon, in the Video Lab by club past president and professional videographer, Scott Marvel (above). Whether your phone is Android or Apple, Scott will teach you to become a "shreditor" -- one who shoots, produces, and edits video on a smartphone. Special emphasis on the Village's Thrive Project – telling resident stories through video on Channel 6 and YouTube. Click here for more details. Click here for a class flier.
Happy New Year!
Steve Carman, Video Club President.
Contact Steve at email@example.com, 424-254-6583.
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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. Both will discuss the software they used for their projects and why they chose it.
Project Days are offered 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 Project Day will be Monday, April 3. If you have work you would like to present, please contact Betsy, our Project Day Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-540-1955.
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Video Contest Deadline Is Friday, January 27
Still don't have an idea for your 2016 Annual Short Video Contest entry? Look over your footage. There may be a winning video idea waiting for you to discover it. How about re-editing a 4-minute clip from a longer video you already have? A meaty interview can be command attention. Trim to the most compelling comments that make a point your subject cares about. Have you taken some good still photos – maybe on your summer travels? Put them together with sound effects, powerful music, and a few video clips to tell a story. Copyright issues are not considered in judging our contest, but remember that, when you take your video to a wider audience, unauthorized use of copyrighted music can, for example, earn a YouTube “strike.”
Contest chair Roland Harrison has set up a box for DVDs near the Video Lab entry, along with a sign-in sheet for contestants. The contest deadline is 4 pm Friday, January 27, in the Video Lab. 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 Patso@comline.com, 949-830-6803, Click here for a contest info sheet.
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GENERAL MEETING SPEAKER JANUARY 19
CEO Brad Hudson Sees Opportunities for Video Club
How many retirement communities have their own television production and broadcasting facilities? And how can the potential of this valuable resource be more fully realized to inform and enrich our community?
Completing his first year as our General Manager, Brad Hudson, CEO of VMS Inc., will discuss his vision for Laguna Woods Village television at the Video Club's next General Meeting. Brad first outlined his proposal in October before the GRF Media & Communication Committee. The plan is based on a resident poll and calls for more and better community-oriented programming, among other changes. Now tweaked through initial feedback, the proposal has already begun to be implemented in ways Brad will discuss. Don’t miss this special presentation! With our new Video One production group and recent technical improvements in our Video Studio, the Video Club can play a role in this new vision for Village television! For more information, contact Steve Carman, email@example.com, 424-254-6583. Click here for flier.
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Jolanda to Cater “Academy” Awards Banquet Sunday, February 19
An elegant, fun, dress-up and sit-down event (no buffet) is what this year's Banquet Chair, Barbel Dagostino, has in store for the Video Club on Sunday, February 19, at 5:30 pm in Dining Room 1 of the Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center. Our new caterer – the Village's beloved Jolanda – will be serving a gourmet meal, your choice of chicken, salmon, or vegetarian. The Banquet was moved from January this year to put it nearer to the actual 89th Academy Awards, to be held Sunday, February 26, in Hollywood and broadcast on ABC. As a result, there will be no February General Meeting. For more Banquet info or to volunteer to help, contact Barbel at firstname.lastname@example.org, 858-232-2427. For a Banquet invitation and reservation form, click here.
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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS UPDATE
“Never Too Late to Be Great” Nears Finish Line
Photos by Barbel Dagostino
Scenes from "wrap-up" shoot for "Never Too Late to Be Great" in the Video Studio December 14. Left, view from switcher, operated by Lisa Aoki, as Phil Doran and (below left) Eydie Bowles and Ellen Van Houten conduct post-production interview with game contestants. Below, right, Ellen and Phil share a toast during a comedy sketch.
Producer-director Phil Doran, editor Lisa Aoki, and the “Never Too Late” team are putting finishing touches on the "Never Too Late to Be Great" hour-long TV game show, which will include both the games “Never Too Late to Date” and “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate,” plus some fun surprises. Featuring Village resident contestants, the shows are send-ups of the old “Never Too Late to Date” and “The Newlywed Game” TV shows.”
The show may air on Channel 6 during January, Phil reports, As soon as we have N2L air-times, we'll share them with Videogram readers.
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Video One to Shoot Theatre Guild “Love Letters” Production
Members of the Video One production team are planning a three-camera studio recreation of last fall's Village Theatre Guild production of playwright A.R. Gurney's perennial favorite, Love Letters. Performed by residents Kate Jacobs and Ed Hayes, both experienced actors, this hour-long version of Love Letters is expected to be shown on Channel 6. Lucy Parker will direct the shoot. The two-character play was a Pulitzer Prize finalist when it appeared on Broadway in the late '80s and has since been performed around the world. The play follows two friends as they sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards – in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats – that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.
The shoot will be held Friday, January 13, following Video One's 10 am monthly planning meeting. Interested Video Club members are invited to attend. Most Video One participants have completed Tom Nash's “Introduction to Multi-Camera Studio Production” training, qualifying them to operate Video Studio cameras, lights, audio, and switcher. This three-session class will be offered again starting Saturday, February 18, to be followed by a three-session advanced class starting Saturday, March 11. Click here for more info on these classes.
NOTE: Video Club members may also qualify to receive certificates in camera operation and other Studio technologies. If interested, contact Tom Nash at email@example.com, 714 381-0781.
For more information on Video One, contact Co-Facilitators Phil Doran at Pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788. or Lucy Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org, 949-456-4657.
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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?
Video Club Schedules 13 Classes for Winter-Spring 2017
Look over the list below, check your calendar, and decide to improve your video skills in 2017! Our new class line-up includes many skills beyond basic video editing. And don't forget: you can also earn certificates in the use of Video Studio equipment (cameras, audio, and switcher) and/or schedule individual tutoring sessions on video topics. 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. .For more information, contact Vice President and Learning Opportunities Director Dr. Tom Nash, email@example.com, 714 381-0781.
VIDEO CLUB OF LAGUNA WOODS
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. Click here for a class flier.
Tom Nash – Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28; 10 am-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 – https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/shoot-produce-edit-the-rise-of-the-pro-shreditor/ -- 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 ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org, 626-826-8818. Scott will provide pre-class exercises to make sure everyone is ready. $10 for members, $25 for non-members. Click here for a class flier.
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! 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
NEW CLASS: “Introduction to Macintosh Video Editing with iMovie,” 3 sessions. The Video Club welcomes Certified Apple Instructor Rick Thues, who will teach a class covering the basics of gathering content, editing, and publishing in iMovie. No question will be too simple or too complex. This class is for our Apple users of the iMovie editing app that runs on the iMac desktop computer, MacBook laptop, iPad tablet, and iPhone. Use Video Lab Mac computers or bring your own laptop equipped with a recent version of iMovie. Pre-registration required. Contact Steve Carman, email@example.com, 424-254-6583. $15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Rick Thues – Fridays, February 10, 17, 24; 10 am-noon; Video Lab
"Introduction to Multi-Camera Studio Production," 3 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
"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
"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 – Monday, March 20, 10 am-noon, Video Lab
"How to Shoot 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-540-1955, or Lucy Parker at email@example.com, 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 nowbeing covered in ourintroductory 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, cost 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714 381-0781.
Tom Nash – Date, time, cost TBA, Video Lab and Studio
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OTHER TECH CLUBS
Online registration for 2017 Session #1 classes is now open. Visit the club website and click on “class registration.” Schedules and course descriptions are on the website as well.
The kick-off 2017 General Meeting will be held Tuesday, January 10, at 7 pm in CH7, focusing on the question: “Can you have both privacy and adequate security and protections with Windows 10?” Microsoft's default settings reduce your privacy in several different ways. Learn what, where, and how to alter them to suit your preferences. All residents welcome; no entrance fees. Door prize drawing for members – so renew your membership (on the club website) prior to the meeting.
Want to start a geneology or family history research project in 2017? Attend the PC Club's special interest group on Friday, January 13, at 10 am in the PC Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center. You'll learn how and where to begin, what resources exist, what to expect to find online, and recommendations for software. Must RSVP to email@example.com, as seating is limited.
A “Beginning iPad” class with Bill Tilley will be held Tuesday, January 3, at 1 pm, covering iPad basics for those who are new to the iPad or need additional help. On Wednesday, January 4, at 1 pm, Ron Plain will hold an”Intermediate iPad/MacBook” class covering such fundamentals as menu bar, finder, and Apple symbols. On Thursday, January 5, at 1 pm, Ron's “Intermediate iPad” class will cover “What can I do with my iPad?” All classes are held in the Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center.
The Mac Club offers classes and personal assistance in using Macintosh computers, iPads, and iPhones in the Center, which is open 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday. More information on the club website.
The Camera Club's new President,Mark Rabinowitch, will present a Showcase on "Ireland" on Monday, January 9, at 6:30 pm in the Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center, Dining Room 2. Mark and his family vacationed in the southwest corner of Ireland in March, 2015. Open to Village residents and guests only. $3 donation for non-members.
On Monday and Tuesday, January 16 and 17, from 1:30-3:30 pm, Camera and Video Club member David Dearing will present “A Baker's Half-Dozen Tips to Improve Your Photography Experience” in the CH4 Photography Classroom. Everyone welcome. Member fee $5; non-member fee $10. If you choose to become a member at the beginning of this class your completed application and $20 payment will include the fee for this class. Fees collected at the door. The first 45 students to register will be accepted. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Bakers Half- Dozen Tips.” Include your name, address, phone number, and whether you are already a Camera Club member. We will confirm your acceptance by email reply, or if registrations exceed 45, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified. Please bring your camera and camera manual and join us for this unique hands-on photography experience. Be sure to charge your camera battery prior to class.
All club members are invited to get acquainted with FastStone in the club's next Photography Workshop on Tuesday, January 24, 1:30-3:30 pm, in the CH4 Photography Classroom. Learning about this utility photo software might be worth the $20 annual membership fee. Read on! FastStone is a free photo editing program for PCs which supports all major photo and graphic formats and does batch and individual editing, renaming, retouching, and color adjustments. It also creates slide shows which include transitions, 150 transitional and drop-shadow effects, and music. It offers histograms, custom photo arranging, and side-by-side viewing. Additional features include a screen capture tool that allows you to easily capture anything on the screen; photo re-sizing; and an image converter that allows users to convert, rename, re-size, crop, and add text and watermarks to images quickly and easily. FastStone also allows you to record screen activities and sound into video files. To register, complete the linked PDF form and mail with your check to Camera Club, 24310 Moulton Parkway, Suite O-112, Laguna Woods, CA 92637-3306, ATTN: FastStone. Your acceptance will be confirmed by email, or if registrations exceed 45, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified.
The club's Digital Photo Lab at CH4 is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm and on Saturday,m 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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