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February, 2017

IN THIS ISSUE...

President’s Corner, AWARDS BANQUET, CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED, SPECIAL iMOVIE CLASS Sunday, February 19, we will celebrate our (read more)                                        



ANNOUNCEMENTS (read more)



Video One Starts Holding Weekly Studio Shoots Members of the Video One production team voted January 13 to hold weekly shoots Fridays from (read more)


 
“Shreditor” Class Starts Off with A Bang, To Be Repeated in March! An enthusiastic 21 students got “down and dirty,” shooting and editing their own videos on Monday, January 23, when (read more)


 
Check Out This Link for Great Smartphone Video Advice Member Susie Stockholm, who's enrolled in Scott's “Shreditor” class, passes along this (read more)



Video One's “Love Letters” to Be A “Valentine to the Village” A Valentine to the Village will air on Village TV (Channel 6) February 8, at 2 pm in (read more)



Lab Supervisors to Hold Round Table February 13 Led by veteran Friday Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter, Video Club Lab Supervisors will (read more)



Brad Hudson Outlines Vision for Village TV In a Power-Point presentation which previewed the Town Hall program he would give to the entire Village on (read more)


 
Classes Mac and PC Video Editing, Multi-Cam Studio Production To Be Offered During February  Video editing classes for PC and Mac users (including PC multi-camera editing), introductory (read more)



OTHER TECH CLUBS (read more)


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President’s Corner     

VIDEO CLUB “ACADEMY” AWARDS BANQUET
Sunday, February 19, we will celebrate our seventh annual “Academy" Awards Banquet and short video competition. The meeting will be held in dining room 1 of the Performing Arts Center, formerly Clubhouse 3. Doors open at 5:30 pm with refreshments and dinner served at 6 pm. The program begins at 7 pm. Door prizes donated by local businesses and restuarants will be awarded to attendees. Make your reservations by sending your name and meal choice (salmon, chicken, or vegetarian) along with a check for $25 for members and $30 for guests to Joan Carman, 5295 Avenida Del Sol, Laguna Woods, 92637 by February 10. Click here for banquet flier with reservation form and mail by February 10.

VIDEO CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED
The due date for your 4-minute videos has been extended to Friday, February 10, at 4 pm in the Video Lab. Click here for contest information.

LEARN MULTI-CAMERA VIDEO EDITING THIS SATURDAY!
Tom Nash says,If you own VideoStudio X9 or plan to buy it, this class is for you!” His new one-session class, “Multi-Camera PC Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio X9,” will be held this Saturday, February 4, from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab. Multi-editing is a powerful and useful new tool on X9, not available on earlier versions. Among other features, it automatically syncs sound. See full course description below. Click here for flier.
 
Attention Apple Mac Users: SPECIAL FEBRUARY CLASS
Introduction to iMovie Video Editing will be taught for the first time by a certified Apple Instructor, Rick Thues (below). Rick is known throughout Southern California as the iMentor. He is a member of the Apple Consultants network and an expert Apple User, trainer, installer, and troubleshooter. In this Video Club iMovie workshop series, Rick will cover the basics of gathering content, editing, and publishing an 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. Three classes will be held on Fridays, February 10, 17, and 24 from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab. $15 for members, $30 for non-members. No pre-registration required. Click here for flier
 
REMINDERS:
Renew your membership if you haven’t yet. Click here for a membership form to complete and mail with your renewal check. And be sure to submit your 4-minute video to the Video Club for the “Academy” Awards competition in February.
 
Happy Valentine's Day!
Steve Carman, Video Club President
Contact Steve at steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583.



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Announcements


Laugh Along With Esther and Jan Marshall in February – Author and humorist Jan Marshall (left), a Village resident, will be club member Esther Grossfield's guest on the “Laguna Woods Show,” to be broadcast over Village TV (Channel 6) on Thursday, February 2, at 12 pm; Monday, February 6, at 12 pm; Wednesday, February 8, at 12 pm; Friday, February 10, at 9:30 am; Monday, February 13, at 12 pm; and Thursday, February 16, at 12 pm.


Watch for “Never Too Late” in March – Guided by producer-director Phil Doran, Lisa Aoki has been editing an hour-long video of  the“Never Too Late to Date” and “Never Too Late to Know Your Mate” TV game shows, with some added entertainment, including past Annual Short Video Contest award winning videos by Sheryl Martin and Lucy Parker. Watch for this fun show on Village TV (Channel 6) in March. More info to come...
 



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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS UPDATE

Video One Starts Holding Weekly Studio Shoots

Members of the Video One production team voted January 13 to hold weekly shoots Fridays from 1-3 pm in the Video Studio (unless otherwise announced). Monthly planning meetings will continue to be held on the second Friday, prior to the shoot. An “otherwise announced” came up the very next week, however, when the team was called into service to shoot a broadcast-quality video for Village TV (Channel 6) of Brad Hudson's presentation on the future of Village TV at our February 19 General Meeting. When we know the air dates for this program, we'll pass them along.
 
Video One's first weekly shoot was held January 27 (above), when Tom Nash interviewed resident Muriel Engelman author of the book, Mission Accomplished: Stop the Clock, describing her service as an Army nurse during World War II. In a riveting interview, Muriel dwelt especially on her living memories of the Battle of the Bulge. The interview will be part of Tom's “Laguna Woods Stories” series.
 
On Friday, February 3, longtime Video Club member Wolfgang Kutter (right) will be Tom's interview subject when Video One members record another “Laguna Woods Stories” segment. Wolfgang will share his childhood memories of the Berlin Airlift during World War II. The group will also do training in audio recording procedures and use of the audio mixer. Another avenue the group is investigating, according to Co-Facilitator Phil Doran, is the use of high school interns. Interested club members are invited to join Video One. For more information, contact Phil at Pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788, or Co-Facilitator Lucy Parker at lvparker@gmail.com, 949-456-4657.
 
Most 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 repeated starting Saturday, February 18, to be followed by a three-session advanced class starting Saturday, March 11. Click here for flier. Video Club members may also qualify to receive certificates in camera operation and other Studio technologies. If interested in earning a certificate, contact Tom Nash at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781.
 



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“Shreditor” Class Starts Off with A Bang, To Be Repeated in March!
 



















NOTICE" Scott has agreed to repeat this class March 6 and 13. Click here for our 2017 Winter-Spring Class Schedule with full course details.

An enthusiastic 21 students (above) got “down and dirty,” shooting and editing their own videos on Monday, January 23, when videographer Scott Marvel's class, “Become A 'Shreditor': Learn to Capture Your Life with A Smartphone,” kicked off the first of two sessions. The class encourages residents to become involved with the Thrive project, sharing resident stories through video on Channel 6 and YouTube. In honor of Thrive, President Steve Carman waived our usual class fees and membership requirements – but three new members joined anyway!
 
During the week between classes, Scott came on two afternoons to the Video Lab to meet with students and answer questions. He will be available again in the Video Lab on Thursday, February 2, 1-3 pm. If you'd like to get involved with Thrive, please contact Scott at  mrvlman1@aol.com, 626-826-8818. 

Below, Using the big-screen TV, Videographer and resident Scott Marvel shows class how to edit a student's video in iMovie. Photos by Lucy Parker.       


 
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Check Out This Link for Some Great Smartphone Video Advice

Member Susie Stockholm, who was enrolled in Scott's “Shreditor” class, passed along this LifeHacker link which contains really solid smartphone shooting advice – much of it applicable to shooting with ANY camera:

Highlights of the article include...

  • Your iPhone’s video looks best with ample natural lighting.
  • Always shoot in landscape mode.
  • Clean your camera lens regularly.
  • Don’t use the zoom function.
  • Do use the exposure lock.
  • Put your phone in Airplane mode to prevent interruptions while recording.
  • Keep your phone steady.(the article offers tips)
  • Give your video quality sound with a microphone (several kinds of mics are discussed).
  • Use a better video app to shoot than the default camera app
 
 
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Video One's “Love Letters" Will Be A “Valentine to the Village”


A Valentine to the Village will air on Village TV (Channel 6) February 8, at 2 pm in the form of “Love Letters,” a 1989 Pulitzer Prize-nominated Broadway play. “Love Letters” was presented  on stage in the Village late last year by the Theatre Guild, featuring professional actors Kate Jacobs and Ed Hayes, both residents. Last month, the production was re-created in the Video Club Studio for a multi-camera shoot by the club's Video One production team. Directed and edited by resident Lucy Parker, the play will have repeat airings February 14 at 3 pm, February 15 at 2 pm, February 22 at 2 pm, and February 28 at 6 pm. 

Below, camera operators Bob D'Evelyn (left) and Sheryl Martin record actors Kate Jacobs and Ed Hayes. And, yes, they're sitting down. The play runs for an hour. Photo by Betsy Martin
 
The beloved A.R. Gurney script was adapted to an hour by Jacobs, who returned to her first love, acting, after a career as a PhD. psychologist and has appeared in many local stage productions while pursuing professional film, TV, and Internet opportunities. Hayes retired from a Hollywood TV and film career which also included voice-over work and stand-up comedy. He continues to appear in professional and community stage productions.
 
“Love Letters” reveals the lives of two on-again, off-again lovers as they sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards which chronicle their often funny, sometimes painful relationship over nearly 50 years, starting in 1937 with an invitation to the then eight-year-old girl's birthday party. It has been performed worldwide and is a favorite of well-known film and TV actors, affording them short-term stage appearances.
 
 
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Lab Supervisors to Hold Round Table February 13


Led by veteran Friday Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter, Video Club Lab Supervisors will hold their next Round Table discussion meeting Monday, February 13, at 10 am in the Lab. Wolfgang emphasizes that the group does not set club policy, but organizes Lab operations. Topics to be discussed include software programs needed on Lab computers, updating and storage of software, new Lab equipment needed, availability and updating of printed instructions for Lab equipment, and procedures for handling club funds turned over to Supervisors.
 
The Video Lab now has a third dedicated VHS tape-to-DVD-conversion station in the Capture Center (left, with Wednesday Supervisor Betsy Martin at the controls), thanks to equipment donated to the club in December by member Gloria D'Simone Shute and set up by Wednesday Supervisor Andy Cullinane. An anonymous donation has given the Capture Center a single-shot 35mm slide conversion capability. The small unit contains a camera which copies slides one at a time. Thanks to our thoughtful donors!
 
“More Lab Supervisors are needed,” says Wolfgang. “If you can make a commitment to three hours of volunteer service a week, consider joining us. Training is available, and helping members and residents with their video-related projects is a satisfying activity.” Contact Wolfgang at wkutter@yahoo.com, 949-457-1259.
 

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Brad Hudson Outlines Vision for Village TV


In a Power-Point presentation which previewed the Town Hall program he would give to the entire Village on January 27, Brad Hudson, CEO of our management company, VMS Inc., addressed the Video Club General Meeting on January 19, presenting his vision of the future of our televison facilities. Largely based on a resident survey, the vision calls for more resident-oriented programming, use of local freelance TV professionals as hosts, more recent movies and affordable syndicated shows of interest to our demographic, and reduction of ads. In addition to better programming to improve low viewership, the vision also also calls for better advance information about program schedules. Brad stressed that quality original programming by residents, including Video Club projects, will be welcomed; however, he called into question a long-standing policy which entitles all Village clubs to airtime on request.
 
Club President Steve Carman had committed the club to produce a broadcast-quality video of Brad's talk, and Video One members came out in response. At left, Sheryl Martin sets up a podium mic while Marge Kinney (far right) adjusts one of three cameras used in the shoot. To mix the sound, Video One members brought the audio mixer (but not the switcher) into the Lab. Thanks for the great teamwork!! When we know the air dates for this program, we'll pass them along. Photos by Barbrl Dagostino.
 
Because of our February 19 “Academy” Awards Banquet, there will be no February General Meeting.
 

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Classes in Mac and PC Editing, Multi-Cam Studio Production To Be Offered During February


Video editing classes for PC and Mac, along with an introductory class in studio production make up the February class schedule for the Video Club, according to  Vice President and Learning Opportunities Director Dr. Tom Nash. (See the list below.) 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 Tom at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781. 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. Again, please contact Tom. Click here for the full Winter-Spring Class Schedule.

VIDEO CLUB FEBRUARY CLASSES

“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. Click here for flier.

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, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583. $15 for members, $30 for non-members.
Rick Thues – Fridays, February 10, 17, 24; 10 am-noon; Video Lab.  Click here for flier.

“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.  Click here for flier.
 

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OTHER TECH CLUBS


PC Club
The PC Club's next General Meeting will be held Thursday, February 14, at 7 pm in Clubhouse 7 – subject TBA. Door prizes will be awarded. Bring your Valentine! 2PC Club 2017 membership enrollment and renewal are still open. Sign up on the  club website or stop by the PC Workshop on the third floor of the Community Center for assistance. The club is also looking for volunteers to serve in the Workshop, where residents receive computer help and may use the equipment from 10 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday and 10 am to 1 pm Saturday. Volunteers must be friendly and willing to work a three-hour shift. Computer experience is needed; however, patience and grace are of the highest priority! It's fun to give back and meet new friends!
 
Mac Club
The Mac Club offers classes and personal assistance in using Macintosh computers, iPads, and iPhones in the Anne & Charles Clark Mac Learning Center on the third floor of the Community Center, open from 9 am to 3 pm Monday-Friday. You'll find more information and a schedule of classes on the club website.
 
Camera Club
The Camera Club Showcase on Monday, February 13, will be "Voyage to Antiquity—A Cruise Spanning Venice, Croatia, and Greece," presented by Lili Zaenker in the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2, at 6:30 pm. Lilli's August, 2015, cruise from Venice along the coasts of Croatia and Greece was an educational journey and sightseeing wonder organized through Road Scholar, a nonprofit travel agency. Her 9-day cruise aboard the Aegean Odyssey covered the historic grounds of the original Olympic Games in Olympia; the inspiring city of Dubrovnik, a walled city once referred to as “the pearl of the Adriatic”; and viewed the “Old Fortress” on Corfu, a structure which took over 4 centuries to complete! Lilli’s trip visited many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the palace of Diocletian in Split, Croatia. The famous Dalmatian coastline was a scenic highlight, and the tour viewed many historic churches, cozy harbors, ancient bridges, and weathered ruins. Come and take a walk back into colorful Croatia and the timepiece that is Greece.
This event is for Laguna Woods Village residents and guests only. All are welcome, but a $3 donation for non-members will be collected at the door.

On Monday, February 27, the Camera Club Showcase will feature "New Zealand, North Island," presented by Tom Getz in the Performing Arts Center of Laguna Woods, Dining Room 2, at 6:30 om..

Tom will present a digital slide show featuring the culture, native art and music, flora, wildlife, and scenery of the island from the capital Wellington to the North Cape. Travel through Auckland and its many museums, the Auckland Zoo, interesting architecture, and the Marina with an active morning fish market. Continue north through Whangerai, Russell, New Zealand’s first capital, a Kauri forest, and the North Cape. Journey south of Auckland through Rotorua and Wellington. The show will be accompanied by classical, contemporary, folk, and native music, and includes video clips of shows and nature. This event is for Laguna Woods Village residents and guests only. All are welcome, but a $3 donation for non-members will be collected at the door.
 
The club's Digital Photo Lab at Clubhouse 4 is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm and on Saturday, 9 am-noon. Supervisors are present to monitor equipment and activity, but are not expected to have knowledge of all equipment and software. You can reserve slots of time on any computer by signing up in advance. For more information, visit the club website.

 



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