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August 30, 2015

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Announcements & Appointments
President's Corner
Project Day+ Now Includes Video Instruction
“Creating A Winning Video” Is September Meeting 17 Topic
“Intro to Video Production” Class Starts September 17
Corel Forum September Topics Announced
September iMovie Workshop to Offer Overview 
Members Train for Videographer Certificate
See Woodstock 2015 in Laguna Woods on YouTube
“Introduction to YouTube” Draws A Crowd
Bit of History: Tribute to Carly Luetzow Coming
Publishing Club Seeks Help Recording Storytellers
Sunshine Performance Clubs Ask for Video Support            
With the Tech Clubs



A Videogram Archive is now online at our club website, providing links to all past Videograms.
A Membership Application may now be downloaded from our club's website.

Like to help people learn? Like to keep things organized? Then we have a job for YOU! The Video Club needs a Librarian to catalog and establish a lending system for our DVD resources (member-made videos, meeting program videos, commercial training materials, etc.) plus other learning resources. If you can help, contact President Steve Carman, or 424-254-6583.

HEADS-UP! A bus trip early this fall to Old Towne Orange is in the planning stages to tour the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts plus their Huell Howser Library Exhibit, Planners are Lucy Parker and Betsy Martin (both former Orange residents).
Our Annual Awards Banquet will be in Clubhouse 6 next year, rather than in Clubhouse 7, which was not available to us.  We think CH6 provides a warm, hospitable setting for our event. Save the date: Saturday, January 23, 2016. (Note, the August 3 Videogram incorrectly gave the date as January 16)



September resumes the Video Club’s monthly meetings:
Project Day+ resumes on Monday, September 14 (it's the 2nd instead of the 1st Monday because of Labor Day), and our next General Meeting will be on Thursday, September 17. See the related articles in this issue of the Videogram.
New Video Club Hours – The Clubhouse 2 renovation,is underway, impacting the Video Club with no more evening hours, so please adjust your use of the club facilities accordingly. During renovation, CH2 Manager Bruce Gardner has moved to CH7, and support staff are being reassigned to other facilities. 

The Pool 2 Lifeguard now locks and unlocks the Video Club and is the contact person for emergencies; otherwise, contact Bruce at CH7.
Until October 5, the unlock/lockup hours will be 7 am to 7 pm. After that, the pool switches to winter hours, 7 am to 6 pm – and so do we. Our monthly General Meetings, held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except in December, January, July, and August), will be accommodated with a once-a-month late lockup.

Videographer Certificates – At the September 17 General Meeting, Tom Nash will be presenting the Video Club Videographer Certification certificate to the first member/s to have completed the certification training.
Club Officers for 2016 – We are now accepting nominations for four elected 2016 Video Club leaders (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary). You can nominate someone, or self-nominate if you wish; just contact one of the members of our Nominating Committee: Charles Higginson, 480-213-7290, and Norma Benner, 949-306-7650. Nominees will be announced at the October 15 General Meeting, and members attending the November 19 General Meeting will vote to elect the 2016 leaders who assume office following the January 23 Annual Awards Banquet.
Something new: We have established a Video Acceptance Committee (VAC) which will preview videos that are to be distributed in the name of the Video Club to ensure they meet our standards. Our standards start with the technical and artistic quality, checks for copyrighted music or video, and adherence to the same FCC standards used by broadcasters, including Channel 6. Tom Nash explains the FCC Standards: “Federal law prohibits the broadcast of obscenity or profanity. The difficulty is in defining these terms. Federal law basically says that something is considered obscene or profane if the majority of people in the community serviced view it as obscene or profane. So, our standard has to be the tastes and sensitivities of the majority of people who live in Laguna Woods Village.”
Since it is impractical to constantly poll the residents of the community, we have established the Video Acceptance Committee whose members represent different segments within the community. The VAC is currently comprised of a team of experienced members with different backgrounds: Norma Benner, Joan Carman, Roland Harrison, and Wolfgang Kutter. Please welcome the VAC!
Join the iMovie Workshop on first and third Fridays in September (9/4/and 9/18). Bring your laptops as our lessons will be helping you build your video projects.
If you have questions or want to schedule a coaching session, contact me at or 424-254-6583.

Steve Carman, Video Club President


Project Day+ Now Includes Video Instruction

Project Day+  resumes on Monday, September 14, from 1-3 pm, in the Video Lab, open free to all and featuring presentations of recent projects by members, plus a lesson on “How to Create Watchable Movies” by our new Project Day+ coordinator, Bob D'Evelyn, (The instruction added to the series is the PLUS we've added to the name. The date was moved to the 2nd Monday instead of the 1st because of Labor Day).

Above, Betsy Martin, Misako Katayama, and Roland Harrison enjoy a recent Project Day presentation.
Fresh off the success of the Video Club-sponsored comedy game show “Never Too Late to Date,” Phil Doran will be presenting plans for a new TV series, “Never Too Late to Be Great,” which will be recorded in the studios of Channel 6 with the support of the Video Club. Members of Phil's team may be joining him for the presentation. Also presenting will be novelist Nancy Klann, who has been developing a short promotional video for her award-winning novel, The Clock of Time.
As always, Project Day+ will continue to be a venue for members to share their recent work or work-in-progress and to receive useful feedback. For more information or to present your work, contact Bob D’Evelyn,, 480-254- 6011. Click here for flier.



“Creating A Winning Video” Is September 17   Meeting Topic

Our General Meetings resume on Thursday, September 17, starting with social time at 6:30 pm and featuring the co-recipients of the 2015 Best Picture award at our Annual “Academy” Awards Banquet last January, Lucy Parker (left) and Linda Lenthall. The program, “Creating A Winning Video,” reminds members that the deadline for our Annual Short Video Contest is just a few months away. We hope the evening will encourage you to submit your four-minute entry.

Each winner will explain how she developed her project and discuss the challenges she overcame. Lucy's video, “Little Things,” is a tribute to a friend and a call for more attention to the details that make life matter. It also won for “Best Cinematography” and “Best Editing.” Linda's video, “Mahale,” shot on one of her many international trips, offers a sometimes humorous look at chimpanzee behavior. Linda also won “Best Picture” plus another award in our 2014 contest. Since Linda was unable to attend the Banquet last winter, she will be presented with her 2015 award at the General Meeting.
Plan to attend and be inspired! Open free to all. For info, contact Steve Carman,, 424-254-6583. Click here for flier.



“Intro to Video Production” Class Starts September 17

If you missed (or would like to repeat) the valuable overview of video-making provided in Dr. Tom Nash's four-session class, “Introduction to Video Production” (covering cameras, lighting, audio, and editing), you'll have another chance when he repeats the class on four Thursday mornings, starting September 17 through October 8 from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab and Studio. Pre-registration is not required, and individual classes may be attended for $5 each. Contact Tom for more information at or 714 381-0781. Click here for flier.
In you want to brush up on your shooting technique, Betsy Martin and Lucy Parker will be repeating their successful four-session class, “How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck,” first offered in spring, 2014. The class is based on a widely-used textbook of the same name (copies will be available for sale) and will be held on Monday afternoons from 1-3 pm in the Video Lab, starting October 19 and 26 and continuing November 9 and 16. (No meeting will be held on Monday, November 2, due to Project Day+.) Cost will be $15 for members, $25 for non-members (with club membership).Watch for registration materials – available soon.
Later in November, Dr. Tom Nash and Lucy Parker will repeat the four-session class, “Introduction to Video Editing for the PC” using Corel VideoStudio. Dates and details to be announced.


Corel Forum September Topics Announced

The Corel Forum, which assists those learning to edit video in Corel VideoStudio on the PC, will feature “Working with Video Snapshot” on Tuesday, September 1, led by Ralph Vanderlinde. The Tuesday, September 15, meeting led by Wolfgang Kutter will focus on “How to Modify Video Clips.” Time will also be available to assist participants with individual questions.

The Corel Forum is open to all members and residents without charge on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab. Bring your laptop if you have one with Corel on it. For information, contact Wolfgang Kutter,, 949-457-1259. Click here for flier.


September 4 iMovie Workshop to Offer Overview

In spite of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the iMovie Workshop will meet on Friday, September 4, with an iMovie overview and introduction to editing. On Friday, September 18, the focus will be on “Editing Tips.” Open without charge to all members and residents who want to learn video editing on Mac or iPad, the iMovie Workshop meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab, led by Steve Carman and Al Koch.

 iMovie Workshops are structured in two parts –  first offering a lesson on iMovie and related apps, then tailoring the remaining time to coach participants on individual iMovie issues. Bring your tablet or laptop, if you have one! Contact Steve for information at, 424-254-6583 Click here for flier.


Members Train for Videographer Certificate

Four club members are currently receiving training from Dr. Tom Nash, Vice President and head of the Learning Opportunities Committee, for Videographer Certification. At left, Tom explains Video Studio camera to Hisako (Lisa) Aoki. Those certified will be qualified to use our Video Studio's professional equipment. Tom says he expects to award the club's first Videographer Certificate at the September 17 General Meeting. For information on certification, contact Tom at or 714 381-0781.


See Woodstock 2015 in Laguna Woods on YouTube

If you missed the Baby Boomers' wildly successful Woodstock bash on July 25, catch the three-minute video of it on YouTube.

Video footage was shot by member Phil Doran and his son Jordan Doran with still photography by member Barbel Dagostino. Editing was by Jordan. The video was a joint project between the Baby Boomers Club, sponsor of the event, and the Video Club. Incidentally,Phil borrowed cameras through our club's consumer camcorder loan program for the shoot.



“Introduction to YouTube” Draws A Crowd

Looks like a lot of Villagers want to put their videos on YouTube!

Nineteen people enrolled in Chuck Hale's new single-session “Introduction to YouTube” class on Monday, August 10. Chuck is shown above teaching the class in a composite photo -- thank you, Photoshop! He created a series of new video tutorials for the class, including opening a YouTube account, uploading and downloading videos, and using YouTube Downloader. The tutorials have been uploaded to the club's YouTube channel and are also available on the Video Lab PC computers. Chuck has also downloaded hundreds of pieces of copyright-free YouTube music to the Lab's PC computers for members' convenience.
Member Marge Kinney, who runs a successful YouTube channel of art instruction videos, has agreed to teach a more advanced YouTube class later this year on video tagging, creating playlists, and other promotional aspects of YouTube.


By Norma Benner, Video Club Historian

Watch for Tribute to Carly Luetzow

 Watch for our upcoming Videogram tribute to the Video Club's co-founder and second President, Carly Luetzow, who passed away July 21. Her memorial service was held at nearby Geneva Presbyterian Church on held August 12.


Publishing Club Seeks Help Recording Storytellers

Member Peggy Edwards, founder and head of the Village Publishing Club, is looking for assistance video-recording “Storytellingtime in September” on Wednesday, September 16, from 4:30-7 pm in CH3, DR1. This fun event will feature eight storytellers, dinner catered by Crystal Catering, Tony Barr as Emcee, and an Open Mic session. Intrepid Peggy is receiving training on one of the club's consumer loaner camcorders to record it herself but would welcome help from other members. Contact her at, 949-707-5156.


Sunshine Performance Clubs Ask for Video Support

Sunshine Lutey of Sunshine Performance Clubs, well known to the Village for their popular variety shows benefiting worthy causes, is seeking volunteers to make video records of two upcoming events. On-camera sound will be acceptable, and no editing will be required. However, Sunshine would like the videographer to zoom in on soloists as appropriate. All you'll need is a camera and tripod. Just give Sunshine the raw files. (Actually, a shotgun mic at your camera would be a big plus, and you can borrow one without charge from the Video Lab. You can also borrow a camcorder with a mic input in case your camcorder doesn't have one.)
The events to be recorded are a show benefiting our Village Kiwanis Club on Thursday, October 29, from 7-9 pm in Clubhouse 5 and the annual Sunshine Holiday Show to benefit Alzheimer's treatment on Saturday evening, December 5. If you can help, please call Sunshine Lutey  at or  949.278.6454.




PC Club Meets September 8, Holds Class Registration

The PC Club's Fall Kick-off Meeting will be held in CH7 on Tuesday, September 8, at 7 pm, when the club's 2016 Membership Drive will get underway. At just $10 per person, this is a no-brainer. Please plan to renew or join at the meeting. If you join now, your membership is good through 2016.

Registration for PC Club fall classes will be Thursday, September 10 from 9:30-11:30 am for classes in Korean only. All other classes will register on Friday-Saturday, September 11-12, from 10 am-noon in the PC Learning Center, third floor of the Community Center. No phone, mail-in, or personal registration on the first day of classes. For class schedule and other club news, see the club website.

Mac Club Teaches iPad Use at Many Levels

The Macintosh Club offers a wide range of iPad classes (Fundamentals, Beginning, Intermediate, Level 2 -- take your pick) in the Mac Learning Center, third floor, Community Center. Open to all with a suggested $2 donation per session. If you're not getting the most out of your iPad -- or if you're thinking about getting an iPad, this is the place to go! The class calendar is posted on the club website.

BTW,you can both shoot and edit edit video with an iPad. The iMovie video editing app is available free!

Canon Instructor Return to Camera Club September 22 

The Camera Club is again presenting Canon Educator Peter Marr, speaking on "Creative Photography with Your Canon Camera" on Tuesday, September 22, from 1:30-3:30 pm in the CH4 Photography Classroom. As one of our region's top authorities on Canon EOS cameras, Marr brings his subject to life, inspiring his students to learn to use the powerful creative controls afforded by their equipment. The fee is $5 for Camera Club members, $10 for non-members. To register, send an email to with the subject line "Canon 201." Click here for flier..For more information about the Camera Club's many activities, visit the club website.


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,  949-456-4657.
Videogram writing and editing by Lucy Parker, production by Misako Katayama.
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