Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Members present:: Joe Osuna, Oralia Osuna, Bonnie Cooper, Bill Frambach, Lorene Christian, Anna Derby, Michael Oh, Richard Houck, Bill Holden, Bob Groncki, Mara Williams, Leslie Parker, Keith Bague, Beverley Bender, and Janice Laine.
Minutes:  Bill Frambach moved to accept the minutes and it was seconded by Bonnie Cooper. Minutes were unanimously approved.
Treasurer:  The January treasurer’s report showed a beginning bank balance of $1998.90 with a $55. Deposit and $.08 interest for a total of $2053.98.  Petty cash paid $10.00 for cookies, ending with a balance of $90.00.
Old Business: The amphitheater shows finished successfully. DVDs of the show are available at their request. We will need volunteers next year to continue taping these shows. No one is allowed to video tape these shows except the VPC. Currently there are two active cameras for side shots and 2 active cameras for close ups. So there is a need for four volunteers per show.  Several members said they would volunteer.
New Business:  Bob Groncki has been video taping “Voices of Music.” His Rocking Chairs group will be playing till the end of October. Bob will make a 3-minute-ad for them and requested a crew to video it.
We will be electing VPC officers at the October meeting. Please let us know if you would like to run for an office. Nominations will come from the floor.
The VPC Holiday party will be Nov. 6 in Club House 4 at noon. It will be catered by John’s Philly Grill. Bob Groncki will present the entertainment with his Rock-a-Bula group.
Robin has not yet finalized the date for the next certification program.
There will be no meetings in November or December.
Round Table
Michael Oh discussed TV3. Now you can watch TV 3 on your computer. He reported that the picture was good and the sound is better. He finished the FALW 2017 Luau annual fund raiser.
Bill Holden expressed his appreciation for the information that Joe Osuna sends out. Bill starred in a show on Superwire and he was MC of “Legends of the Amphitheater” the theater club’s Labor Day show.
Bob Groncki has completed two of his series of shows “Voices of Music” and is working on his third. He interviews other musicians and then plays a duet with them. These shows can be seen on Superwire and youtube.
Beverley Bender videoed the author at the library and Janice produced it. It is now on Superwire and youtube. She worked with Lorene to film the EXPO is working on that production.
Mara Williams mentioned the valuable information from Joe. She is working on the open house at her church.
Anna Derby was involved in videoing the GAF ceremony and reported that there will be a picnic area at club house 2. Sunshine club has a speaker on how to maintain an active brain. She also asked members to re-register at Ralphs for their “give back” program to GAF. If they had registered last year, they need to register again this year.
Leslie Parker went to one event with Keith and is actively learning camera and computer production techniques.
Keith Bague spoke of Comicon, Game of Thrones, and using a phone camera.
Richard Houck is working with the Emergency Certification group to see what more they want to do. He put together a large amount of video and realizes he should have had a script.
Lorene Christian filmed at the EXPO and has been crewing with other members.
Respectfully submitted,

Janice Laine

Friday, August 25, 2017



Members present: Joseph Valentinetti, Lorene Christian, Irene Cistaro, Janice Laine, Michael Oh, Joe Osuna, Bonnie Cooper, Mike Turis, Howard Jarvis, John Robinson, Anna Derby, Helen Tran, Bob Gronski, Bev Bender, Mara Williams, Janice Laine, Robin Forte-Lincke.
Minutes:  The July minutes were unanimously approved.
Treasurer:  The July treasurer’s report showed a balance of $1998.90 ($.08 interest earned) in the bank account. New Dues added$25.00, plus $30 transferred from the petty cash to make a balance of $2053.90.  Petty cash balance is again $100.00. The treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.
Birthdays: Lorene celebrated her birthday by bringing cupcakes for everyone. It was also Bob Groncki’s birthday month.
New Business: The recreation department asked the Video Club to learn how to operate the new video equipment recently purchased for the amphitheater. Joseph, Joe, Mike T and Michael Oh went to the amphitheater so that Tommy Fileto could show them how the new equipment works. The video club will be staffing many of the amphitheater events now. Volunteers are needed to learn how to use this new equipment.
The shows recorded with this new equipment will be broadcast over Superwire so that residents who are unable to attend shows at the amphitheater will be able to see them in the comfort of their homes.
Inside Leisure World for September is finished and Bonnie Cooper volunteered to have a show completed for October.
Joe will continue to train members on how to convert VHS to disc on Monday mornings.
Richard Houck is on vacation and a volunteer is needed for his Tuesday morning shift. All of the other Keep It Open (KIO) shifts are being covered.
The air conditioning unit has been repaired.
Round Table Lorene volunteered to crew with anyone who needs help. She volunteered for Thursday nights at the amphitheater.
Howard Jarvis will be going to Michigan for his 60th reunion.
Anna, working with Paul Bassett, Michael Oh, and Mike Turis finished the Good News Singers Concert and they will be covering Tommy Williams “Disney” show. Anna reported that Paul is doing much better and plans to help with the editing of the “Disney” show.
Bob Groncki finished his first video interview which he also produced. Bob plans to create a series of interviews “Voices of Music.” In this series, he will individually interview many of the musicians in Leisure World and sing a song with them. He is learning how to do his own producing and seems to have almost mastered the task already.
Joe reported that he worked with Bob and showed him how to produce a video using a two-camera shot. In addition, this task was more challenging because it was shot on a green screen. Joe spoke about members getting rid of their files on the computers here in the VPC room.
Our computers are too full. Joe and Joseph are available on Monday and Wednesday mornings to teach members how to take their videos off our computer and put them on their own hard drives. All stored files in the Windows Computer are required to be removed by October 1, 2017. Joe O will be deleting the stored files October 2, 2017. The Windows Computers are not for storage of personal files.  Please transfer your valued files to a portable hard drive or USB flash drive or they will be erased in October 2017. Every member can work on the Club computers, but must pack the project to their USB flash drive or portable hard drive, upon finishing editing or saving the project as a temporary file.  The project files cannot be left stored in the Windows Computers.
Irene has been busy using her tablet to video events around Leisure World. She videoed a Tai Chi class and made copies for everyone.
Janice has completed an ILW about a 78-year-old woman who moved to Paris by herself, and another video about a woman who was a chef in antarctica.
Bev is learning how to use the camera and other equipment. She assisted in the two-camera shoot with Janice on “Blue Satin Nightgown.”
John Robinson has completed a project he was working on.
Michael Oh has been working with Anna, Mike T and Paul on various projects. He is also learning how to use the new amphitheater equipment. He is shooting several shows at the amphitheater.
Mike Turis has been working with Michael Oh, Anna and Paul and also is learning how to use the amphitheater equipment.
Bonnie made a notebook for the VPC room for members to enter hints and suggestions. She is working on some PSA projects and volunteered to do the ILW show for October.
Helen is learning how to use the camera equipment and how to do the computer producing program. She has volunteered to crew as needed.
Mara is involved with the big Community Church concert. After it is completed she plans to learn more about making videos.
Robin Forte-Lincke plans to offer a certification class for new members who wish to become producers. She spoke about being careful with copyrights, especially when covering show with copyright logos such as Disney.
A moment of silence was held for Ray Jarris an active member of VPC for many years. He will be sorely missed.

Respectfully submitted,
Janice Laine, secretary

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Members present: Joseph Valentinetti, Lorene Christian, Bill Frambach, Irene Cistaro, Janice Laine, Richard Houck, Michael Oh, Joe Osuna, Oralia Osuna, Bonnie Cooper, Mike Turis, Ren Villaneuva, Howard Jarvis, Lynn Choy, John Robinson, Anna Derby.
Minutes:  The June minutes were unanimously approved.
Treasurer:  The June treasurer’s report showed a balance of $1998.82 in the bank account.  Petty cash balance is $130.00. The treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.
New Business: A request for coverage for a choir event included the stipulation that they see the video before it is shown on TV because they had some SAG members who are not allowed to work complimentarily. A discussion followed.
Another discussion concerned whether to video church services. It is permissible to video events in church as long as it does not include proselytizing or requests for donations.
Only one of the computers in the VPC room has all of the necessary information to complete the production of a video. There is often a hold up with several members needing to use that computer. VPC is putting together a program so that all members will learn how to use the packing program that will allow them to move from one computer to another, thus eliminating that problem. Members can come by the VPC room on Monday or Wednesday morning when Joe or Joseph may be available to show them how to use the easy program. It only takes a few minutes to learn it.
Round Table
Richard Houck is making an instructional video for radio preparedness and is videoing the third part of emergency preparedness event this weekend.
Mike Turis, our newest member, has been very helpful crewing for video events. He was asked to video the flea market this weekend.
John Robinson thanked Joe Osuna for all his work.
Bonnie Cooper donated a whiteboard to the VPC room. She has completed the August ILW on Paws and Claws and is working a several other projects.
Ren Villaneuva is not currently working on any videos but he is busy with a myriad of other events.
Joe Osuna explained ILW and reported that VPC has submitted videos for 12 years. He has completed 3 skits which are being shown on Superwire and is working on some others.

Bill Frambach demonstrated a device (around $15) for amplifying the sound on phone videos. He also showed us an I-tag ($1 or $2) which will take a snap shot when you are making a video from as far as 30 feet away.
Michael Oh produced the Suede Soul Dancers event in July. He is preparing for his family reunion of about 40 people by making a video to be shown at their celebration.
Janice Laine is completing an ILW video for September on the International Dance Club and will be making videos on an author who had moved to Paris when she was 78 and another video on a chef who cooked in Antarctica for 3 years.
Anna Derby reported that Paul Bassett is getting better and misses us all. She presented the club with a rolling tripod donated by Jo Jo Weingart, the Leisure World hula teacher and entertainer.  
Lynn Choy is involved in an ongoing Chinese Historical Society project including beauty pageants from years past.
Howard Jarvis reported on his work with GAF distributing mobility aids and also his years and years of delivering Leisure World Meals. He explained the difference between Leisure World Meals, Meal on Wheels, and the Senior Center meals.
Robin Forte-Lincke was unable to attend.
Respectfully submitted,

Janice Laine, secretary

Sunday, June 25, 2017



Members present: Joseph Valentinetti, Lorene Christian, Bill Frambach, Irene Cistaro, Janice Laine, Richard Houck, Michael Oh, Joe Osuna, Joseph Chavez, Shirlene Chavez, Bonnie Cooper.
Minutes:  The May minutes were unanimously approved.
Treasurer:  The May treasurer’s report showed a beginning balance of $1998.66 in the bank account. The bank has stopped taking out a fee and is now paying us interest. The interest for May was $.08 giving us a new balance of $1998.74.  Petty cash balance is $130.00 which includes $10 for a new member’s fees. The treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.
New Business CERTS sent a thank you card thanking VPC for the good work done on the emergency preparedness video.
GRF has not been in contact with VPC recently regarding the video they want completed.
VPC will send out email to our members asking them to contact our newer members to encourage them to get involved in our video projects.
Round Table
Irene Cistaro is enjoying her volunteer work with KIO but was concerned about not being able to answer some of the questions she’s been getting. It was suggested that KIO volunteers do not merely tell the person to come back when someone else might be there to answer, but rather, to call one of the members most likely to know the answer. The VPC membership with phone numbers and email addresses is posted on the VPC bulletin board and everyone is free to use it. Irene has acted in Joe Osuna’s productions and crewed with Michael Oh on several of his videos.
Michael Oh videoed The Farmers Market, the Suede Sole Dancers, the L.A. bus trip with 50 people, and is making 45 DVDs. He discussed his problem with putting the video on youtube due to the music being copyrighted. There was a discussion about what to do about copyrighted music and how to get a large number of DVDs burned. GRF no longer has DVD equipment and needs everything available on line.
Joseph Chavez reported that Bonnie Cooper interviewed his sister when Bonnie was visiting in New York. He is going through all the clips and naming them. Joseph Valentinetti informed the group that the new TVs have a USB port so these clips can be seen on the TV.
Shirlene Chavez is working on organizing all of Joseph’s C’s pictures, which are extensive. Joseph V says there’s a “Batch” app and it will sequence them for you. (Joseph V sent out an email after the meeting with the link to the app.)
When Bonnie Cooper was on vacation in New York, she fell and broke her arm so she has been sidelined since she got back. However, she did go and take video/stills about how to take the free bus to Los Alamitos hospital and described the various medical buildings there. Bill Holden is doing the voice over and it was suggested that when assembling the video that the voice should be completed first and then the pictures added.
Richard Houck has completed over 100 hours of work putting together the EPIC emergency video which was done with 5 cameras shooting six hours of raw film. He has made it into two parts but is working out the problems because it is still too long to copy. Joe Osuna says Power Director is able to shrink a program. (After the meeting Joe showed the members how to do this.) In addition, Richard is working on a radio show and his wife Barbara wants him to do a project for her.
Joe Osuna is back from his long vacation and has already produced a “Silent Movie” which is being shown on Superwire. He reports that SBTV is in the process of purchasing equipment that will have the ability to do live streaming. After this equipment is installed, it has to be tested to see if it is compatible with its present equipment. In addition, Joe found out the hard way that Power Director is not compatible with all computers. He had to return a computer that was incompatible with the graphics on Power Director. 
Anna Derby was unable to attend the meeting but sent in a report. She thanks Joe Osuna for taking over the Cinco De Mayo video and getting it on Superwire. Also thanks to Michael Oh and Richard Houck for videotaping the Suede Sole Dancers Annual Show. Mary Apte worked very hard to complete the public announcement for the event.  Anna is greatly appreciative of Paul Bassett for completing the Hawaiian May Day/Lei Day project in spite of going through tough times with his sciatic pain since May. She wishes him well.
Janice Laine completed the guide dog video for July’s ILW.
Joseph Valentinetti reported on the problems the VPC room is having with the WiFi. It was apparently fixed by maintenance but then it went out again.
Robin Forte-Lincke was unable to attend.
Paul Bassett has been out sick since May and is greatly missed.
Respectfully submitted,

Janice Laine, secretary

Monday, May 29, 2017



Members present: Joseph Valentinetti, Lorene Christian, Anna Derby, Bill Frambach, Mary Apte, Dee Harmon, Irene Cistaro, Beverly Bender, Janice Laine, Richard Houck, and Robin Forte-Lincke.

Minutes:  The corrected April minutes were unanimously approved.

Treasurer:  The January treasurer’s report showed a beginning balance of $1998.66 in the bank account. Petty cash balance is $120. Unanimously approved.

New Business
Mary Apte reported that the lavalier microphones are locked in the SBTV3 cabinet and are available to certified video producers. Further, Mary had been working on a two-camera shoot about Cinco De Mayo for the July ILW; however, she is unable to complete it in time and asked to be able to submit it at a later date. Janice Laine volunteered to complete one of her videos for the July ILW.

Round Table
Mary Apte is working on a promotion regarding the presentation to a church of a large painting by artists Barbara Simundza and Carmen Leslie. In addition, Mary is making a public service announcement for the Suede Soul dancers.

Anna Derby reported problems can be avoided by being sure that 10 days before an event, you put your event needs on a sketch for Kathy in the recreation department. Kathy will see that everything requested is in place for the event. Anna further reported that she is coordinating with Paul BassetT and Michael Oh on several projects including the Suede Soul Dancers, Cinco de Mayo, Good News Singer, Hui Hula, and the Mutual 5 picnic.

Dee Harmon said that Harmonizing Humanity made a video of the “Where We Live Club” using two cameras. She and Brian have submitted two new “Harmonizing Humanity” shows.

Irene Cistaro informed the club that she really enjoys doing KIO. She has been busy capturing short clips.

Joseph Valentinetti announced that he continues to give classes on using your phone or tablet to produce videos. In addition, he is still working with GRF on their promotional video.

Robin Forte-Lincke said to be sure to check the audio level because when editing the volume can change. The standard level is 0; if down minus, it’s too low. Also, the on board camera mic picks up every noise at the same loudness.

Respectfully submitted,

Janice Laine, secretary

Friday, April 28, 2017



Members present: Joseph Valentinetti, Paul Basset, Lorene Christian, Anna Derby, Bill Frambach, Mary Apte, Brian Harmon, Dee Harmon, Jim Mulchahy, Michael Oh, Irene Cistaro, Sandy Young, and Richard Houck.

Minutes:  March minutes were unanimously approved. Secretary Janice Laine was absent and April minutes were taken by Brian Harmon.

Treasurer:  The January treasurer’s report showed a beginning balance of $1878.59 in the bank account.  $120 was deposited giving a current  total of $1998.59. Petty cash paid $18.30 for batteries and $4 for cookies. Ending petty cash balance is $94.

New Business
Mary Apte reported on the use of external microphones. She said that she had a few problems but it was worth it. Extraneous sounds were less of a problem.

Joseph Valentinetti indicated that a new program called "we transfer" allows sending up to two gigs to anyone.

Joseph also said that the community section of the Leisure World paper is a good source for new programs. For example, Cinco de Mayo would make for a great show.

The newspaper will begin running a box each week spotlighting The Video Producers club classes.

Round Table

Richard reported that he is holding off on his handheld radio program so that he could do CERT drill this month.

Anna Derby coordinated and Michael Oh produced Hui O Hula entertainment at Seal Beach on April 15, Saturday sponsored by Surfriders Foundation which promotes to protect to ocean for others for generations to come. Joe Osuna got this article in April's VPC program. Michael and Anna just came back from his oldest daughter, Miki's 50th birthday and taped lots of footage.

Irene reported that she has been having trouble using Google pictures. Joseph explained that there is a preference tab in the file menu of just about every program, so she can turn off functions that are causing her difficulties.

Paul’s video productions “Senior Scam” and Cabaret’s “Music Around the World” should be scheduled to show in May on SBTV3.  Cameras were Michael Oh, Richard Houck, and Paul, with Anna Derby handling video coordination.

The Bert Carroll tribute production was delayed due to the project producer being on a ten day cruise.

Paul will video produce the Hui O’Hula event on Sunday, May 7th, in Clubhouse 1.  Cameras to be handled by Michael Oh, Mary Apte, and Paul.  Anna Derby is the video production coordinator.

Jim Mulcahy said that he is new and wants to learn about making videos.

Sandy reported that in taking movies of flowers and trees she has been learning to keep her finger out of the way. She is also learning how to use iMovie.

Brian Harmon reported on his program harmonizing humanity that the show deals with how each person can do something to make the world better. His latest interviewee was Anna Derby. He will use that interview for two episodes.

Joseph said that his class on using your phone to take videos has been successful and is attracting new members. It is held the second and fourth Wednesday at 10 AM.

Joe Osuna is reported to be in the Florida Keys and he’s sure to come back with some fabulous video, according to Joseph Valentinetti.
Respectfully submitted,
Janice Laine

Brian Harmon