Friday, March 29, 2019

Power director can capture the VHS images/video directly through its "Capture " process.

Power director can capture the VHS images/video directly through its "Capture " process.

For those that do not know how to use the "Capture" feature of is easy. The Windows computer that Richard Houck normally uses with the Homestech VHS to Digital converter is the computer set up for it right now.  Every thing is already hooked up correctly from the VHS tape player thru the digital converter to the Window computer via the USB cable.

Just start up, Powerdirector and go to the "Capture" tab. Power "on" the VHS tape player, insert the VHS tape, and get ready to press the VHS play tape button.  When the power to the VHS tape player is turned "on" The Powerdirector "Capture" function will recognize the device a a TV . Press the play button of the VHS player and the preview window on the Powerdirector 'Capture' function will show what is showing on the VHS player. Press the Powerdirector red "Record" button, when you want to record what is playing on the preview window...and press "Record" button again, when you want to stop recording.  The Powerdirector screen will prompt you to name the captured file and gives you the location as to where the captured video is located. Press "Edit" on the Powerdirector tab and the regular editing screen will show up, with the captured video in the library and on Video/Audio track #1. Then it is business as usual to edit the video file.

Joe Osuna is available on Mondays to give any one that wants to see , how it done...and Richard Houck also now knows how to do it also. He is on duty on Tuesdays.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

VPC Minutes February 28, 2019

VPC Minutes  February 28, 2019
Members present: Joseph Valentinetti, Joe Osuna, Oralia Osuna, Bonnie Z Cooper, Mara Williams, Bill Holden, Yuri Choi, Beverley Bender, Anna Derby, Mary Apte, Irene Cistaro, Michael Oh, Owen Hughes, Naim Henein, John Robinson, Peter Pham, Leslie Parker, Paul Bassett.

Minutes:  The minutes are posted on the VPC web page so members can read them prior to the meeting. Bill Holden moved to accept the minutes as written. Joe Osuna seconded. Accepted unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer was absent from the meeting but handed in this report later in the day. Barbara Houck, the treasurer, was absent, however, she sent in this treasurer report:
12/31/17   Balance            $1,405.30
1/18/19     Dues                       240.00
1/31/19     Interest .06
1/31/19     Bank Balance   $1,645.36
1/31/19     Perry Cash          $  105.00

Birthdays: Anna Derby February

New Business: GRF will not be renewing our lease for this room (12A, Club House 3). We have this lease until June 30. GRF is looking at other locations where they can move us. They plan to put in a learning center and are looking into the electrical needs for this center. The reason we are being moved is because GRF is concerned that the meeting rooms are not being used to maximum capacity.

VPC would like to have more members and it was suggested that we advertise our club more.  Joseph showed a short video of Joe Osuna teaching members how to work with AV equipment. This video will be shown on Superwire. Hopefully this video will attract some people to join us. Joseph encouraged all the members to produce similar videos.

Reminders: VPC phone number is 562-431-6586  ext 287. We are in Club House 3 which is on Northwood Road. The web site is

ROUND TABLE: Anna Derby is very busy with the “Centenarian” luncheon. There are 22 centenarians in Leisure World currently. Mary Apte is doing the interviews. Anna worked with Michael Oh and Paul Bassett on the Valentine Day party and on the Rockin Chairs who have changed their name to Vinyl Rock.

Bonnie Z Cooper started a new class on using the VPC equipment and it’s full but she plans to start another class asap. Joe will pick up her graduating students and teach production. In addition to her teaching, she’s making  videos. “Judge Bonnie” was such a success that she is working on a new video.

Joe Osuna submitted 5 or 6 videos to SBTV3. He’s always busy with teaching and making videos. He has trained a number of newcomers on our equipment so that they earned their key to the room.

Mara Williams has attended Bonnie and Joe’s classes and has become quite an asset to the club. She often offers to help assist other members. She assisted Mary Apte with the Bob Cole Conservatory.

Bill Holden is completing Bonnie and Joe’s classes. Bill has written most of the plays that Joe turns into delightful videos for Superwire and TV3. Bill also is great at interviewing.

Yuri Choi is a new member and is learning all the equipment.

Bev Bender has been experimenting at home. She volunteers to help others. She was second camera for Janice Laine for Jeff Riley’s memorial.

Janice Laine videoed Jeff Riley’s memorial. She made a 15 minute comedy movie “Leisure World Follies” which was shown on Valentine’s day to cancer survivors.

John Robinson is reviewing 24 papers.

Niem Henein recently joined VPC and has been busy learning the equipment and programs. He is a member of classes taught by Joe Osuna and by Bonnie Z Cooper.

Peter Pham also recently became a member and he too is learning the equipment and has joined the classes. He is transferring his videos onto discs.

Mary Apte videoed the Bob Cole Conservatory at the Community Church with the help of Mara Williams. She is also helping Anna Derby with the Centenarian luncheon. Mary is videoing the interviews with the 6 centenarians in Leisure World.

Irene Cistaro is helping Paul Bassett and Michael Oh with several projects. She has learned how to use the SBTV3 camera and has joined the classes being offered.

Michael Oh is working with Paul Bassett finishing up some videos.

Paul Bassett is editing the Vinyl Rock Group (formerly known at the Rockin’ Chairs) and also the  Band of the California Battalion.

Owen Hughes  is finishing videos on Pickleball and another on Rolling Thunder.

Robin Forte-Lincke reported TV3 had lots of power outages and equipment failure. This new equipment needs to be built and sent here.

Respectfully submitted,

Janice Laine

Friday, February 1, 2019

Loss of club space

Joe Osuna and me had a meeting with GRF on Wednesday 01.30.2019 . Beside us the people present were Randy Ankeny, GRF Administrator Linda Stone of GRF and Leah Perrotti, GRF Chair of the Recreation Committee

The stated purpose of the meeting was to review the lease for the Video Produces Club. Linda said the purpose was transparency and cooperation.
Our lease will not be renewed. We will vacate the room sometime this year, as soon as June. That announcement marked the end of the transparency.

They informed us the use of the room averaged 10 or less persons per day and it was under utilized. At first they discussed sharing facilities with other clubs that would share and have access to the editing computers. They informed us our present space would be used as a “Learning Center” and Leah Perrotti offered to allow us to use the learning center computers for editing. I informed them, when we teach we normally have several people gathered around each computer. And Joe Osuna informed them sharing computers would result in non members getting access into our projects and corrupt our editing programs. We objected to that proposal.

They offered to allow us to share the room with another existing Club area for the video studio functions. Both Joe Osuna and I were familiar with that existing room. There is no complying ADA physical handicap access. We objected because we are familiar with that room. It is also was too narrow and the ceiling is very low to accommodate a proper green screen wall, and lack of studio lighting fixtures.

They offered a room at the bottom of the Amphitheater Orchestra pit. Joe Osuna is familiar with the location, access to it is a long steep stair way down to the bottom of the pit and pitch black at night and prone to flooding during rains. There is no physical handicap access. We objected to that proposal

They then offered another room, which would be dedicated exclusively for our use. It has adequate area for the editing and tables for our general meetings and conferences. It is adequate for the transfer of all our existing editing equipment but lacks equipment storage compartments. Also it lacks the dedicated space for a videoing studio. In exchange for the lack of a dedicated studio area, they offered the use of the backstage area of the Amphitheater. The backstage area is huge and underutilized. They offered to put a large green screen drop down and a set of specialized lights on a rack that would drop down for use. The backstage area would be available to use, on a reservation basis, because other groups practice there, such as an orchestra, band and dancers.

We understand that the GRF are the administrators of all the Clubhouse rooms and their usage and determine which Clubs can have exclusive use of the facilities. We are being allowed the exclusive use of the existing room because of our value to our community. But, they now want the room back for a Learning Center. (No one said this, but it sounds like an extension of the Library use).

So, as it stand at present, we may have a exclusive dedicated room for our editing and meetings. Our videoing studio will be the backstage area of the Amphitheater with a green screen drop down and specialty drop down lighting and used on a reservation basis.

These speculations about our future were advanced but no commitment was offered and no guarantees were given.

If you have comments let your voice be heard, or, please forward them, by email, to me  Joseph's email

Sunday, January 27, 2019



Members Present
Joseph Valentinetti, Janice Laine, Bill Frambach, Barbara Houck, Richard Houck, Peter Pham, Mara Williams, Owen Hughes, Paul Bassett, Bonnie Cooper,  Leslie Parker, Irene Cistaro, Michael Oh, Anna Derby, Joe Osuna, Bonnie Cooper, Bill Holden, Naim Henein, Mary Apte, Bev Bender, Brian Harmon, Jane Haass, Bob Slater, Robin Forte-Lincke, (SBTV3). 

The minutes are posted on our website Bill Holden moved to accept the Minutes of the October meeting. Seconded by Joe Osuna and unanimously approved.

Richard Houck moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $1,405.30 at US Bank, and $105. in Petty Cash. Seconded by Paul Bassett and unanimously approved.


Bill Frambach, Paul Bassett, Richard Houck, Mary Apt, Mara Williams, and Bob Slater all celebrated their birthdays in November, December and January.

Old Business

Once again the outside door was found unlocked. Discussion followed about getting security cameras.

Members were reminded that the VPC is a hobby club, not a club to produce income. A member must use their own equipment if they are interested in making money with video, but they may not use VPC equipment for that purpose.

Donations to VPC are acceptable for the purpose of maintaining equipment.

New Business

Superwire has no plans for shutting down. Bob McCauley has retired and Lou is now in charge although he is not there daily. If you have any questions, please ask Joseph or Joe. The schedule is now from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Please be advised that the Recreation department is checking to see that unaccompanied guests are not using Leisure World facilities. Guests must always be with a member.

Joseph asked a series of 10 questions pertaining to VPC to see how knowledgeable members are of this club; such as “What’s our phone number? Address? Club House? Etc. Members were advised to find out this information if they did not have it already. Also, please add this information to your contact list so it’s readily available.

Joseph suggested that we change the day of our Christmas party (annual party) to coincide with our October meeting. We do not meet in November and December.
The new day and time for the party is the 4th Thursday of October after our regular meeting. It’s in CH 1. We have the room from 10 am until 3 pm


Barbara Houck reported on a program at USC auditorium regarding problems producers have. It’s $25 general admission. Check with her for further info.

Richard Houck noted that the cabinets were open again. He’s still having problems with some of our equipment.

Peter Pham, one of our newest members, is learning how to transfer video to DVD.

Jane Haass, another new member, is eager to learn more.

Brian Harmon’s person for of the month for his “Harmonizing Humanity” show is from Cameroon and also information on a new approach to fixing teeth.

Mara Williams is the calendar girl for November for the GRF calendar. She worked with Mary Apte on a project.

Mary Apte made a video of Bob Cole and worked with Mara Williams.

Joe Osuna has been busy producing another movie. This one is a silent movie with a very large cast. He also got 3 more people to join VPC. You’ll often see him about and around make videos of many Leisure World events. He makes lots of videos.

Bill Holden is working with Joe Osuna on the Silent Movie which he wrote and directed.

Niem Henein, another new member, is learning how to transfer to DVD and also he is learning the Power Director program.

Bonnie Cooper thanked Joe Osuna and Bill Holden for all their work. She offered to teach a class for the new members.

Irene Cistaro is acting in the Silent Movie. She is very helpful doing many odd jobs around VPC.

Michel Oh was on vacation with Anna Derby and took lots of pictures. He will video the “Rockin Chairs” event.

Anna Derby is busy putting together a centenarian luncheon. There are quite a few people over 100 here in Leisure World and she wants to hold a luncheon for them. She will assist Michael Oh and Paul Bassett with the Rockin Chairs event.

Bob Slater is getting active again. He is working with GRF checking clubs to find the ones that are no longer legitimate.

Bev Bender was 2nd camera with Janice Laine at Jeff Riley’s memorial.

Paul Bassett has been working with Anna and Michael on their projects and on the Rockin Chairs coming event.

Owen Hughes, a new member, just finished “The Pickle Ball Story.”

Joseph Valentinetti demonstrated the camera stabilizer and how to use it when walking.

Janice Laine is working on the “Hee Haw Movie” as well as The Entertainers upcoming February show. She and Bev Bender videoed Jeff Riley’s memorial.

Robin Forte-Lincke spoke about being very careful that our videos do not contain any commercialization of any product. Do not tell how to buy, or mention any costs. Edit out any money or selling.

Meeting adjourned.

Janice Laine, secretary