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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER, THE VIDEOGRAM
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Smartphone Video Production Group to Meet Weekly
Simple Animation Class Coming Up in July
Broadband Services & Village TV: WHAT’S AHEAD?
iMovie Workshop to Continue on June 27
Mike Evans Visited Video Lab May 11
"Shooting Video" Class Videos Are on YouTube
Video Is A Key Tool in Oral History Say Village History Consultants
Video One to Meet Twice Monthly During Summer
Supervisors Conduct Training at May 22 Round Table


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer Slowdown: The Video Club slows down a little in the summer. No General Meetings, Project Days, or Videograms during July and August (though, as needed, we may send Videogram ALERTS). Look for classes, Video One meetings, and (we hope) iMovie Workshops to continue.
 

Using Google Photos: If you missed the PC Club's April 11, 2017 General Meeting, featuring nationally-known trainers Jim and Chris Guld of Geeks-on-Tour explaining how to use Google Photos, PC Club President Bob Sellards has passed along a YouTube link for the same presentation given at another event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGZzIwN9xHEThe Gulds' handout can be obtained on the PC Club's website; http://www.thepcclub.org/ – click on “Additional Links.”
 
A Tutorial on Tutorials: Chuck Hale, our YouTube channel manager, has produced many “how-to” video tutorials, but his latest effort may top them all. In response to requests, Chuck is creating a video tutorial on how to create video tutorials (screen capture, voice-overs, the whole nine yards). When it's done and available online, we'll be sure to give you a link.


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NEW...NEW...NEW!!!

Smartphone Video Production Group to Meet Weekly

Starting Friday, June 2, a Smartphone Video Production Group will begin meeting most Friday mornings from 9:30-11 am in the Video Studio, led by resident and professional videographer Scott Marvel (right). Emphasis will be on developing talent and creating 30-second public service announcements (PSAs) for use on VillageTV. Scott gave a special presentation about this new series to the Video One video production team at their May 19 meeting.
 
Earlier this year, Scott twice offered a very successful two-session class on making videos using iPhones and Android smartphones. If you took one of these classes, here's your chance to put what you learned into practice. Open to all members, as well as residents and their guests. No charge. For more information, contact Scott at mrvlman1@aol.com, 626-826-8818. Click here for flier.


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Simple Animation Class Coming Up in July

SIMPLE VIDEO ANIMATION: A new two-session class, "Simple Video Animation," will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, starting July 8 from 10 am-noon in the Video Lab and Studio, taught by Dr. Tom Nash (right). 

Some basic animation techniques can add a new dimension to your videos. $10 for members, $2

5 for non-members (includes 2017 club membership).
 

For more information, contact Tom at tom@tomnash.net, 714 381-0781.

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GENERAL MEETING JUNE 15

Broadband Services & Village TV: WHAT’S AHEAD?

 As the Internet and TV viewing increasingly converge with today’s new streaming options, many changes are underway at Laguna Woods Village Broadband Services and VillageTV. Faster Internet speeds and new web-based resident services are just part of the picture. Our own Channel 6 continues to undergo restructuring, with many programming improvements. New opportunities are also opening up for resident-developed programming, including original videos.
 
Find out what’s ahead and make your opinions known when Chuck Holland (above), Village Management Services’ Information Technology Director, and Paul Ortiz (right), VillageTV’s General Manager, provide a look into the future at our next General Meeting, Thursday, June 15, in the Video Lab. Socializing and refreshments at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm. Open without charge to all residents and their guests. For more information, contact Steve Carman, steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583. Click here for flier.
 
NEXT MONTH: No General Meetings will be held in July and August. Our next General Meeting will be on Thursday, September 21, 2017.


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iMovie Workshop to Continue on June 27

The new iMovie Workshop, designed to help Mac computer and iPad users learn or improve their skills in iMovie, will meet again on Tuesday, June 27, from 10-am-noon in the Video Lab. Based on interest shown at the first meeting May 30, Club President Steve Carman and Ron Plain, one of the Mac Club's leading instructors, have decided to offer another session -- and may continue monthly during the summer. They invite all Mac and iPad users to attend to strengthen our club's offerings for the Apple community. Some Mac computers are available in the Lab, but if possible, bring your own laptop or iPad.


 Above, at May 30 iMovie Workshop, Instructor Ron Plain explains basic Mac navigation. At right, Alex Halpirin learns about iMovie with Lisa Aoki, while Co-Instructor Steve Carman {center) listens in.

While Apple's iMovie is a full-featured consumer video editing program, it's easy to learn and use on Mac computers. It's also available in compatible versions for iPads and iPhones. The workshop is free to members and all residents. Non-members pay $15 for the first visit (covers 2017 club membership). For information, contact Steve at steve.carman@mac.com, 424-254-6583.


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Mike Evans Visited Video Lab May 11

The Video Club's last founding member, Mike Evans, who will be 99 in September, dropped in at the Video Lab on May 11. Mike's in good health, still driving, and still a photographer for the City of Laguna Woods. A professional photographer before his retirement, Mike now lives at Village Valencia. His wife, Delores, is in a board-and-care home nearby.
 
Mike and Delores were Laguna Woods Village residents for 30 years, and Mike was also active in the Camera Club (he's a past-president), woodworking, and the American Legion. Friends who would like to get in touch can reach Mike at photo.mevans@gmail.com, 949-215-7595.


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“Shooting Video” Class Videos Are on YouTube


Stephanie Brasher, Club Secretary, was an ambitious student in Betsy Martin and Lucy Parker's “How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck” class during April, and her extra efforts are now online for all to see. The required minimum of six students signed up for the four-session class and had fun learning the basics of composition, lighting, camera handling, and video story-telling. Above from left, Metche Frank, Betsy, and Stephanie use sticky notes to prepare a video storyboard for the final assignment.

Stephanie turned two of her assignments, an interview and a “how-to” video, into finished videos, now on the club's YouTube channel. Both were shot on her iPad and edited in iMovie. Take a look. We meet resident Jacob Weisberg (also a member of the class) in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiTxoEdzgLU. In this video, we learn from Lucy how to use an affordable, wired selfie stick and where to buy one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8TXu6SLNig. Above from left, Metche, Betsy, Lucy, and Shirin Selph clown it up after shooting the selfie-stick video.


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Video Is A Key Tool in Oral History Say Village History Consultants

NOTE: The Video Club of Laguna Woods has a proud record of past achievement in the service of history, having recorded scores of videos with the then Leisure World Historical Society as part of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

"Oral history is the history of the everyday, the average person, not the powerful and successful who dominate conventional history," according to sisters Cindy (left) and Jennifer Keil, consultants to the Laguna Woods Village History Center, pictured at right with President Steve Carman. The two discussed the key role video plays in their approach to oral history at the Video Club's May18 General Meeting.

Below, Dean O, Dixon, Chief Executive Officer, and his wife Gail S. Dixon, Chief Administrative Officer of the Laguna Woods History Center, were guests at the meeting to hear the Keils' presentation.


Through their Newport Beach-based firm, ChismeChick, the Keils are pioneering a 21st-Century approach to the Village's history, involving video interviews linked with written materials -- readily accessible online to multiple generations. Videos are  transcribed and indexed with a YouTube-based indexing system developed at the University of Kentucky. They explained that, balancing its "digital presence," the Village's Community Oral History Project is coordinated through a "physical home," which hosts meetings, selects interview candidates, and manages budgets, among other activities.

The Keils recall growing up in a "household of book-lovers" and both hold master's degrees from CSU Fullerton -- which, they stressed, "has an amazing oral history collection." Detailing their video interview procedures, they offered useful video tips for club members who often find themselves recording memories with family and friends. Here's how ChismeChick does it:


Slide at right lists equipment used by the Keils to video 99-year-old Village resident Lee Bevilacqua for the History Center.

1. Plan carefully. Advance steps include completing agreement forms and gathering background information. Request photos and documents with captions and titles. Do a pre-interview in-person or on Skype. Be aware that the pre-interview can be an emotional experience for the subject.

2. Conduct the interview in a controlled environment. Use quality equipment, including an external mic for good sound. Light the scene carefully, using three-point lighting, with key, fill, and backlight. Keep the background simple. To put the subject at ease, offset the camera (so it's not in the subject's face). Pre-test all technical elements so that full attention can be paid to the subject during the interview.

3. Remember that everyone has a story to tell.

4, In post-production, the Keils use Adobe's Premier Pro and After Effects. They also employ special equipment to make a word-for-word transcript, which is sent to the subject for review and clarity, then provided to the host center. Finally the video and other documents are uploaded to the website, lagunawoodshistory.org/, and deposited in the History Center archives. All raw video and other media are retained.

5. Be mindful of what you share publicly and of who owns the shared material.

6. Be cautious in how you store history. Consider every method to protect valuable data. "Since we don't know what the future holds, we use multiple storage options," explained Jennifer Keil, adding that oral historians rarely adopt the latest technology, but instead seek tools that are widely used. 

Resources the Keils recommended include the website oralhistoryonline.org for technical methodology, USC's Shoah Foundation (an Institute for Visual History and Education), the Southwest Oral History Association (to which Jennifer Keil is the California delegate), and materials pictured here, Your Story Matters, Doing Oral History, and Recording Oral History.


 
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Video One to Meet Twice Monthly During Summer
 

Video One, our Studio-based video production group, settled on twice-monthly meetings/shoots (1st and 3rd Fridays) at their last meeting/shoot May 19. Training sessions will be arranged as needed. At the meeting, Scott Marvel (at left) explained his new Smartphone Video Production Group and described opportunities for shooting and airing 30-second public service announcements (PSAs) on some 20 VillageTV channels to promote Village activities.

Video One's next meeting will be Friday, June 2, 1-3 pm, in the Video Studio. Any club member interested in team-produced videos is welcome to join. Training in the use of Studio equipment is available -- and in addition to "techies," performers and manager-types are also needed. Contact Co-Facilitators Phil Doran, pdoran707@yahoo.com, 949-421-9788, or Lucy Parker, lvparker@gmail.com, 949-456-4657.

The group viewed a 10-minute rough-cut of an interview and movement demo with Video One members Ghaffar Pourazar and Gloria D'Simone-Shute, shot by Video One on May 5 and directed by Phil Doran. Ghaffar plans to use the video as he develops a memoir of his extraordinary years in the Beijing Opera.

Below, right, Phil Doran and Jeanne Mayer view themselves in the zany "get-well" video made May 19 for Tom Nash, described below. Ghaffar Pourazar (center) was the subject of another video described above.

 As a training exercise in improving sound when using the video switcher, the group also shot a "get-well" video for Club Vice President and acting Studio Manager Tom Nash, who was recovering from an illness. If you'd like to see it, follow this link (and, yes, we know the sound still sucks -- turn up the volume):

https://vimeo.com/user52556365/review/218534543/cabc348866

What you'll be taken to is Lucy Parker's Vimeo account, using Vimeo's new Video Review service. It's a service that Video One is considering purchasing for the Video Club. With this link, you will be able to leave comments on the video, frame-by-frame. You won't need a Vimeo account to leave comments, but you will be asked for your name, and Lucy will be informed that you've commented. Go ahead. Be brutal. Video One can take it! 


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Supervisors Conduct Training at May 22 Round Table
 


Led by veteran Friday Supervisor Wolfgang Kutter, Video Lab Supervisors met May 22 in a periodic Round Table for discussion, planning, and training. A new face in the crowd was Lisa Aoki, who has volunteered to serve as a substitute when needed. Here Betsy Martin demos the Lab's special Epson printer for printing labels directly onto DVDs and CDs. Observing are (from left) Ralph Vanderlinde, Norma Benner, Jim Rohrs, Lisa Aoki, Wolfgang Kutter, and Bob Kulpa.


 

Composed: 10/24/2016 | Modified: 10/24/2016

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