Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday 1/17 - Make a DVD of Your Family History Research

Linda Hervig emailed me with the announcement of the CGSSD meeting on Saturday:

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on Saturday, January 17, 2009 from 9:00 am to noon.

9:00 - User groups for Family Tree Maker and Macintosh, and Special Interest Group on “DNA Genealogy”
10:15 - A break and refreshments
10:30 - Announcements followed by Program "How to Make a DVD of Your Family History Research Experiences" by Del Ritchhart.

Del Ritchhart has been making DVDs of family vacations, travel and cruises and, more recently, family history research trips for almost ten years. These can provide an entertaining, informative and lasting record for your immediate family and future generations about the parts of the world or actual sites where their ancestors resided. You can also include photos and interviews with members of the family or distant relatives.

Using photos and video clips from his August 2006 trip to The Irish Republic, Del will demonstrate using a laptop and VGA projector how to assemble an abbreviated DVD documentary.

He has used such application programs as Nero, Roxio, Pinnacle Studio Plus, and Adobe Premier Elements to compose DVDs. However, his current favorite application is Photodex’s Pro Show Gold, which he will use for the demonstration. He will demonstrate how to populate the program’s timeline with digital photos and video clips. Additionally, he will add transitions between each of the pieces of media, titles for selected photos or clips, and then show how to give still photos a sense of movement with zoom and scanning features. Finally, he will show how to incorporate background music to give the DVD a final professional touch.

Del is highlighted in “Spotlight on Members” in the upcoming issue of Compu.Gen.

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pine Road turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any A, B, or S space. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to our website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website for driving directions and a map.

Thank you, Linda! I hope to see many of my readers at this meeting.

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