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Welcome to The Video Club Webpage

"Preserving & Creating Memories"

The Video Club is the technology hub for Laguna Woods Village. The Club has a unique combination of hardware and software that permits bringing any old audio, movie or photo format to the digital age. This stops further deterioration and makes this material easy to access again. For people currently using digital camcorders (including high definition), programs are available for video editing and DVD authoring/creation.

If you are interested in using YouTube for some of our club news, visit and become a subscriber.  


New Video Club Studio Forum 

Welcomes Dr. Tom Nash as Instructor 

Dr. Tom Nash, retired Chairman of the Mass Communications Department of Biola University in La Mirada, CA, has agreed to provide hands-on instruction for the Video Club's newly-formed Studio Forum, which meets weekly on Fridays at 10 a.m. in the Video Studio. Club members and other Village residents interested in learning to use the advanced cameras, lights, and sound equipment available in the Studio are invited to join the group. Dr. Nash will be available through July 18 and will be traveling in August; however, he may continue working with the Studio Forum in the fall, according to Vice President and Studio Forum Facilitator Allen Fortson,, 949-235-8000.

Dr. Nash, who moved to the Village last September, established Biola's radio-television-film major in 1977 with 12 students. When he retired in 2003, enrollment had grown to 250. He taught “Introduction to TV and Film Production,” “Cinematography,” “Sound Workshop,” and other courses, including communications theory.

After retirement, Dr. Nash and his wife Darlene, who passed away last February, spent much of their time traveling the country in their motor-home while Dr. Nash enjoyed his hobby of still photography. Dr. Nash is an active volunteer with SAT7, a Christian ministry which provides satellite TV channels in the Middle East and North Africa. He has done staff training for SAT7 in Egypt and public relations work, including producing videos, for the US branch, which focuses mainly on fund raising.

PowerDirector Forum News . . . 

At the last meeting of the Video Club of Laguna Woods's PowerDirector Forum, attended by Tom Martin and Lucy Parker on Friday, May 2, in the Video Lab, it was decided to continue our learning and discussion of PowerDirector online, rather than through in-person meetings. That way, we hope more members and friends of the club may be able to participate -- and information shared may remain permanently available to all.
Tom and Lucy are researching the best online forum resource to use for this purpose. If you have any suggestions, please email Lucy.  Everyone interested in video editing has web access and basic computer skills, so why not take advantage of this 21st Century form of communication for our club?
PowerDirector continues to be one of the major consumer video editing programs the club is considering to eventually replace Pinnacle in our video editing classes. However, Pinnacle 15 remains our choice for now -- and an intermediate-level class is under consideration for fall, based on the very enthusiastic reception being given by students to Chuck Hale's current "Introduction to Video Editing" class.
Stay tuned!








Club Activities

Video Technology Center Open Lab Hours 
Closed on holidays during November and December


Video Lab telephone number is 470-0965. Please call only during open hours, normally Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.                                                               

General Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month, including summer months, except December because of holidays and January when there is no meeting during our Awards Banquet celebration. 

PowerDirector Forum:  

At the May 2, 2014, meeting of our club's PowerDirector Forum, attended by Tom Martin and Lucy Parker in the Video Lab, it was decided to transition to online learning and discussion of PowerDirector, rather than through in-person meetings twice each month. Hopefully, more members and friends of the club may be able to participate -- and information shared may remain permanently available to all.

Tom and Lucy are researching the best online forum resource to use for this purpose. If you have any suggestions, please email Lucy.  


Project Day, on the first Monday of the Month starting April 7, 2014

Up to four Video Club members showcase one of their recent works from 1-3 p.m. in the Video Lab. Project Day videos are limited to 8 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion covering both creative and technical aspects and providing participants with feedback. Contact Lucille Roberts by email at or call (949) 552-5014 to be placed on the schedule. 


Special Interest Events:  Posted as an Upcoming Event when scheduled.





The Video Lab and Audio/Video Studio are located in the Clubhouse 2 Annex buildings (between the main clubhouse and the pool).

To call the Video Lab please dial 470-0965.  If no answer, please call again during open hours, normally Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Follow up on 'YouTube Treasures'

From Lucy Parker, President, Video Club of Laguna Woods

Our March 20, 2014, General Meeting program, "YouTube Treasures to Learn from and Enjoy," drew a nice crowd and a lot of interest. Several people wanted to be able to access the videos we presented for further study, so here they are.  (Note: Copy and paste the web addresses into your browser.)

"Paper Is Not Dead" (0:45) (Norma Benner) HILARIOUS! 




"First Kiss" (3:28) (a viral video -- 64,840,308 views)  


"Charlie Bit My Finger -- Again" (0:55) (super-viral -- 679,790,082 views)

"Project Yosemite" (3:57) (from Stephen Carman) GORGEOUS WORK!


"The Procelain Unicorn" (2:59) (from Tom Martin) UNFORGETTABLE!


"Japan in January" (7:05) (from Lucy Parker) NICE CAMERA WORK & SLO-MO EDITING ENHANCES MOOD  ://


Here's one we didn't see, suggested by Vice President and Program Chair Allen Fortson who couldn't be at the meeting. (We did see several of Allen's picks, however, presented by Steve Knight, below).  

Bob Welsh – My Christmas Eve (3:57)  Welsh is a professional speaker.  This would have been easy to shoot, just Welsh standing in front of a Christmas tree with a lavalier mic.  It's a good story; he's a great reader -- and the video has had 2,955,923 views!! 


From our speaker Steve Knight:

"Love Laguna Woods Music Dance Comedy" (2:31)

"Amazing little girl sings after losing mom to cancer" (3:42)

"Rappin' 4 Jesus, Jeshua, King of Kings" (1:40)

More of Steve's videos can be found on theteenproject88, one of several YouTube channels he maintains.

I was also asked how one can download videos from YouTube, since YouTube doesn't provide a way. There are many video downloaders, but this one was recommended to me and I've been using the free version successfully on my PC. A faster paid version costs $19.99 a year.

YTD Video Downloader

You run the program and paste in the URL of the video you want (from YouTube or another source) and tell the program what folder to put it in. YTD Downloader then goes out and gets the video for you. The free version is pretty slow and you'll be dunned to buy the paid version, which I'm thinking about doing.

As always, be cautious downloading any free software to make sure no unwanted malware comes with it.



Join as a new member, or renew your dues for 2014.  Dues are $10 for single, or $15 for two (same household.). Benefits include field trips, e-mail alerts on technology happenings and software/hardware sales, monthly newsletter, and preferred pricing.

For a friendly greeting, meet a member and get acquainted with one or more volunteers serving on our 2014 Leadership Team.

2014 Video Club Leaders at third annual January 30, 2014 “Academy Awards” Banquet. From left, Lucy Parker, President; Genevieve Freeman, Lab Supervisor; Bliss Hill, Treasurer; Gene Freeman, Lab Supervisor; Allen Fortson, Vice President; Tom Martin, Purchasing; Norma Benner, Membership; Betsy Martin, Education; Charles Higginson, Lab Coordinator; Mike Evans, Equipment Controller; John Hill, Lab Supervisor; Lucille Roberts, Project Day; and Pat Burr, Lab Supervisor. .




Bliss Hill, succeeding Cecile Bergenon


Chuck Hale


Project Day

Lucille Roberts





Charles Higginson, past president

Genevieve Freeman, Gene Freeman, John Hill, Pat Burr


  Lab Supervisors






Meet and greet Linda Lenthall, 2014 Awards Winner








Video Lab telephone number is 470-0965. 
Please call only during open hours, 
normally Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.






General Meeting Programs

Wondering What You Missed?

2014:  General Meetings:

Oct. 16:  25th Anniversary Celebration

Sept. 18:  Dr.Tom Nash presents "Seven ways to Make Your Videos More Interesting"

June 19:  Kristin Kennedy, Hollywood-based documentary filmmaker and guest presenter, explains the essence and essentials of pre-production planning.  

May 15:  Phil Doran, resident and former "All in the Family" TV show writer, presents "An Idiot's Guide to TV Production"

Apr. 17:   Resident Artist Marge Kinney: Creating and Sharing instructional videos on YouTube

Mar. 20:  YouTube Treasures designed to enhance your learning experience 

Feb. 20 :  Mike Bajc presented highlights from our annual January gala.  Linda Lenthall facilitated review of her award-winning video on Alaska. 


2013: General Meetings

Nov. 21:  Video Device Options Four presenters, Lawry Bau, Charles Higginson, Lucy Parker and Mike Bajec, explain their choices of devices and feature preferences

Oct. 17:  You Be the Judge! of a selection of member-created videos

Sept 19: Iceland 2012 presented by George Harper

May 16:  Adventures in Travel Cinema presented by Hal McClure

Apr. 18: Sharing My Video Passions presented by Rich Lehrer + Resource EXPO clip

Mar 21:  Video Club EXPO
Feb 21:
  How to Make a Green Screen
presented by Lucy Parker

Jan. 17, 2013: Our Gala Event of the Year... A Red Carpet 'Oscar' Evening
featuring 10 member-created videos, voting and awards; buffet dinner; installation of club officers.

2012: General Meetings

Nov 15:   Making and Preserving Memories with Mike Bajc, using a restoration project from Maddie Langsford. 

Oct 18:  How to Make Contest Videos, just in time for our entry deadline.  Presented by three members in the know:  Wolfgana Kutter, Dick McCartney and Lucille Roberts. 

Sept 20: Scott Marvel explained how to use mobile devices like IPhones for videography.

May 17:  The remarkable short movies of the late Bob Wiener, who loved to make the audience laugh, delighted and impressed us, and yes, made us laugh. In this tribute program, we also discussed some of the production elements Bob stressed along  and celebratied Bob's contributions to the Village and the world by using his camera and editing skills.

April 19: Our April program featured Thea Iberall, a playwright, videographer, poet and scientist who has just completed "Making a Video of a Theatrical Performance" using one of the clubs computers. In this presentation, she showed her promo of a current project entitled "We did it for you. Women's Journey through History" and explained how she used Vegas Movie Studio to edit together three separate performances into one coherent video, adding overlay graphics and rolling information. (Note: This was a program change; the previously announced program was to feature Harry Antonian's experience and insights into creation of an internationally distributed TV show and use of social media to get more exposure.)

March 15:  Chuck Hale presented two of his videos, including a 10-minute special on our community's Golf Starter Building construction project and a video he created for the benefit of a women's shelter.

Feb. 16: Three distinctly different video projects and story-telling approaches presented by The Harpers.

Jan. 20:  New Year Kick-Off in lieu of regular meeting.
A red-carpet gala (think the Oscars) that started at 5:30 p.m., complete with sumptuous buffet dinner and all the excitement of an awards event featuring participant voting for best-of-the-best short videos created by members. 

2011: General Meetings 

Dec: 14:  4 p.m. Deadline for submission of Short Movie Entries

Nov. 17: Member Bonnie Beaux Fullerton presented "An Evening of the Creative Process" using informative and charming slides for "show and tell" about skillfully combining photos and video. 

*Oct. 27: (Meeting date changed from Oct. 20 because of Gate 12 parking lot resurfacing.)  Program featured guest presenter Chaz Curry, who shared and illustrated his techniques for producing remarkable works with video and stills. 

Sept. 15:  Hal McClure, a pioneer in presenting travel adventures in digital forms, shared highlights from his creation of The Reel Dracula, which he made in Romania.

May 18:  A much-anticipated general meeting with a Chuck Hale presentation of Cruise Highlights. 
In his own inimitable style, Chuck regaled and enlightened us with tips on travel with camera, camcorder and laptop.  His presentation, based on recent experience in creating new productions, featured one segment of a lengthy cruise and Australian land tour. 

April 21:  Our general meeting featured Linda Lenthall's Antartica Adventure video, complementing the photography of her husband, Jim. In this presentation she shared the story of an Antarctic trip, including the Falklands and South Georgia.  Now working with HD and editing with Adobe Premiere CS5, she told us about her process, from start through Blu-ray disc.

March 17: Our general meeting featured a real workout in the form of a circuit of lab stations designed to reveal hidden treasures for videography: all our resources and capabilities that users can use to produce memorable videos.

Feb. 17:  John Dewey presented the compelling life story of his wife Yvonne, created in iMovie following highlights of the 2011 Kick-Off Party.

Jan. 20:  2011 Kick-Off Party.  Our annual gala featured a Lombardi-catered buffet, the Top 10 videos entered in our very own academy-style competition, and awards for Best of Show as well as 2nd and 3rd place winning entries based on audience votes. 


December 15: Deadline for Short Movie Entries

Nov. 18:  Five Video Producers (Mike Bajc of Digital Arts Plus, Lawrie Bau, Chuck Hale, Wolfgang Kutter, and Bob Wiener) each present Show & Tell about one of their creations so we can learn from them.

Sept 13-Nov. 15:  Video Production Class
Mondays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Class designed for beginners and limited to 20 learners.  $20 donation.  Experienced members teach and assist on an array of topics.  Contact Norma at 699-0679 for more info.

Oct. 21:  Gordeon Richiusa
, instructor of script writing at Saddleback Community College, and students from his Thursday evening class join us to present the trials and tribulations encountered in the making of films that will be shown. 

Sept. 16:  A Connection Technologies (Broadband) representative explained new phone service available only in Laguna Woods Village AND Saddleback Community College Fine Arts Instructor Pamme Turner did a show and tell about the making of her enthralling Plein Air "Sea of Light" DVD using Final Cut Pro on the MAC.

Sept. 9:  SIG with Ed Larson (Movie Maker); Lawrie Bau (Pinnacle); Al Koch (MAC users); Wolfgang Kutter (Corel/ULead editors)
and Norma Benner

July and August: 
Learning opportunities in the Video Lab as announced.

June 17:
Ed Larson presented his work with Photodex ProShow Gold and Mike Bajc of Digital Arts+Plus covered the newest technology for transferring film to DVD, including Teranex for broacsact applications.

May 20:  
A collaborative production of the 2010 Senior Games by Camera Club and Video Club members was shown during our Socializing Time, which began at 6:30 p.m.  The featured program of the meeting was a presentation by Jim Baker about 
the documentary he produced on the life of aviation great, Jerry Lederer. It was an opportunity to learn about how he did what he did using special effects, including "jump backs" and other techniques and get answers to questions.
May 27:
Family History Special Interest Group featured step-by-step instruction on creating you own website using Google Site as a follow-up to April's meeting with Herb Abrams. 

May 20: General Meeting

May 6:  Open House 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

April 22:  Family History Sig focuses on creating websites to share family genealogy, photos and storeis.  Herb Abrams, a volunteer, will assist.
April 15:  George Harper shares results of his creative efforts with video and still photos using the latest equipment, software and technology.

April 1:  Video Club Open House welcomed 45 participants.  Chuck Hale demonstrated creation of a Talking Photo Album.  Transforming old and decrepit specimens into clean, sharp images and then adding music, titles and narration is now a relatively easy process with software available in our lab; individual training for a suggested donation is also available, with all proceeds used by the Club to maintain, replay and purchase equipment.

March 25:  Thirteen members met at South Orange County California Genealogical Society in Mission Viejo Library to learn about the many resources available there.

March 18:  Orange County High School of the Arts students share their Greatest Generation video project.

February 18: Videos by Lawrie Bau and Bob Wiener

January 28:  Family History Sig.  Effective Interviewing Skills: Listening with Your Heart and Head

January 21:  Kick-Off Party with Luau-style Buffet; Music by the Silver Strings and Hula by the Wahine O Lani.







You are cordially invited to join us for an upcoming event . . .

Coming up: 

2015 Membership Offer:  2 members at same address, just $10.  Bring your checkbook to the November meeting and join or renew for next year.

Friday, November 14

Dr. Tom Nash, resident and retired Head of the Mass Communications Department at Biola University, will present a workshop on “Post-Production Sound” for the Studio Forum on Friday, November 14, at 10 a.m. in the Video Studio. Open free to all residents, the Studio Forum meets most Friday mornings for those interested in developing advanced video projects. For more information, contact Studio Forum Facilitator Allen Fortson,, 949-235-8000.


Beginning Saturday, November 15

A four-week class on “Introduction to Video Production” also taught by Dr. Nash, will begin Saturday, November 15, from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab and Studio, giving an overview of lighting, cameras, sound, and editing. Cost will be $15 for members, $25 for non-members (includes 2014 and 2015 club membership). For more information or to enroll, contact Education Chair Betsy Martin,, 707-540-1955.


Tuesday, November 18

The Corel Forum will continue its introduction to Corel VideoStudio on Tuesday, November 18, at 10 a.m. in the Video Lab. The group is for those interested in editing video at any level in the popular PC-based program and is open free to all residents. The Corel Forum meets monthly on the third Tuesday. For more information, contact Wolfgang Kutter, Forum Facilitator,, 949-457-1259.


Thursday, November 20 General Meeting

At the Video Club's monthly General Meeting, on Thursday, November 20, at 6:30 pm in the Video Lab, Susy Botello, founder of the four-year-old, San Diego-based International Mobil Film Festival, will discuss “Smartphone Movie-Making,” illustrating her talk with festival videos made on mobile phones. The program is open free to the public. For more information, contact Lucy Parker, President,, 949-456-4657.

In Progress . . .

“Intermediate Video Editing” Class to Start October 13

The “Intermediate Video Editing Class,” has been expanded to a six-week class starting Monday, October 13. It will be held from 10 am to noon in the Video Lab, taught by Chuck Hale. Cost will be $20 for members, $30 for non-members (includes club membership for 2014 and 2015).

OCT. 13: How to make menus and chapters

OCT. 20: How to make transparent photos & photos within video (Pat Burr)

OCT. 27: How to change speed (slow motion and fast motion)

NOV. 3: How to rotate or level a video

NOV. 10: How to use transitions to move titles or video

NOV. 17: How to use color correction tools
Open to all Village residents.


Another Chance to Learn iMovie – Class Starts October 22
Back by popular demand!

We had to turn students away last spring when Al Koch and Gen Freeman taught “Introduction to iMovie” in the Video Lab, using our three Mac computers. So now the class will be offered again at the Mac Club's Learning Center where many more up-to-date Mac computers are available. Many thanks to the Mac Club folks for making their facilities available!

The class will be conducted on four consecutive Wednesdays, starting October 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Mac Club Learning Center, 3rd Floor, Village Community Center.

Students must have a working knowledge of the MAC computer and know how to use an HD (high definition) camera. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members (includes Video Club membership through December, 2015). 


Get Your Short Video Ready and Submit It before the Dec. 19 Deadline

Entries are now being accepted in the Video Club's 2014 Short Video Contest. Work must be member-produced, 4 minutes or less, and submitted on DVD to the Video Lab by 4 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014 (one entry per member). The top 10 entries will be presented at our Annual “Academy Awards” Banquet, Saturday, January 17, in CH7. Banquet attendees will vote to select top winners in three categories: Best Videography, Best Editing, and Best Picture.  Contest details are available in the Video Lab. 











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