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MARCH 2019

AVG  Challenge Wednesday 20th March 2019 – Audience Judging of 15 International AVs

We will judge the 2019 annual Battle between the four AV Groups:

# The Melbourne Camera Club’s Audio Visual Group – South Melbourne – Australia


# Wantage Camera Club’s Audio Visual group

Wantage is a historic UK market town in the county of Oxfordshire – 95Kms from London


# South Wales Royal Photographic Society Audio Visual Group – Cardiff – Wales

Cardiff is a UK port city on the south coast of Wales, where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary – 215Kms as the crow flies west of London .


# Exmouth Photo Group’s Audio Visual Group – Exmouth – Devon UK – 

Exmouth UK is a port town and seaside resort, sited on the east bank of the mouth of the River Exe – 245 Kms south west of London


This now annual 4 way battle between three Audio Visual groups in the UK and Wales and the MCC AV group will be scored and Judged by the audience at the Wednesday evening (commencing 8pm) March 20th. AVG meeting  in the club’s first floor gallery.

All club members along with any interested visitors are most welcome to participate in scoring the 5 audio visuals from each of the Wantage and Exmouth and the South Wales RPS AV Group. Judging sheets will be available on the night (see example below) and the scoring system explained. At the end of the evening the completed scoring sheets are to be handed in to our coordinator for compiling the ‘Melbourne’ audience judged scores. We do not judge our own AVs, only the 5 AVs submitted by the other 3 clubs. The final results are complied from each of the audience scores at each of the participating clubs by Ian Bateman at the Exmouth Photo Group. The results will be published in June-July.


The following AV’s will be judged at the meeting:

No Club Sequence No Club Sequence
1 Wantage:   Waterloo Sunset 9 Exmouth:   Deepest of the Deep 
2 Cardiff:   A Bicycle Tour 10 Wantage:   Witley Parish Church
3 Exmouth:   Aunt Lucy 11 Cardiff:   In Loving Memory
4 Wantage:   Kingham Sculptures 12 Exmouth:   La Vallee des Saintes
5 Cardiff:   A Mother’s Story 13 Wantage:   The Saviour
6 Exmouth:   Conjoined Cathedrals 14 Cardiff:   Opera Season
7 Wantage:   Snow Goose 15 Exmouth:   Stories Behind The Pictures
8 Cardiff:   CHIPS      

MCC AV entries, to be judged by the three UK clubs, are:

  Linda Zwierlien: Scoresbysund

 Robert Cutting: The Smoke That Thunders

 Barb Butler: Yawuru Welcome

 Peter Tredrea: The Battle

 John Spring: Historic Pyalong Timber Trestle Bridge

October 2017

New Version of Audacity 2.1.2 –  Audio Editor
URL:   www.audacityteam.org/  Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. See the “What is an Audio Visual” page for more information.


Pictures to Exe Version 9 available

After much anticipation PTE 9 is now available. There are major improvements to this popular AV software. Details can be viewed at www.wnsoft.com.

September 2017

The 2018 VAPS Convention to be in country Warrnambool

The 2017 Frankston convention was a great success with attendance numbers reaching 253 delegates and others. The Saturday night convention dinner was the largest seen for many years with 201 persons attending including guests. The location of the 2018 VAPS Convention has been announced and will be held in country Warrnambool over the weekend of May 25-26-27 2018.

Registration forms and other Convention and programme information will not be available on the VAPS Web site from around February 2018.

June 2017

2017 VAPS Convention

Congratulations to Barbara Butler for her first place in the VAPS Interclub OPEN AV competition with ‘Holding on Letting Go’ and an OPEN AV Merit award for ‘Thomas Mitchell at Mt.Macedon 1836’ by John Spring. For the second year our AV group has come away with the VAPS 2017 OPEN AV aggregate trophy.

A full list of AV entries from the VAPS Frankston convention booklet can be viewed and downloaded from the VAPS Website (Documents) see page 16 and 17.

A collection of recently produced AV’s:

  • The Melbourne Camera Club 2016 End of Year Audio Visual  20 minute presentation of all projected images entered by members into the Club’s End of Year Competition and Exhibition Nov-Dec 2016.
  • Major Sir Thomas Livingston Mitchell  (1792-1855) was one of Australia’s greatest and earliest inland explorers. This AV documentary is from one day out of his 1836 trip diary recording his ascent and naming of Mount Macedon, 80Kms north of Melbourne. This AV won a Merit at the 2017 VAPS Frankston Convention in the OPEN Audio Visual section. (5m11s)
  • A fun Audio Visual to shoot with Sonia on a Melbourne 20 storey roof top and produced to the best disco music of all time YMCA by the Village people. (3m58s).
  • Lake Goldsmith vintage steam equipment rally Saturday May 6th 2017 – located in country Victoria -Australia. (12m34s ).

Report – Gala International 3:21 AV Challenge shown Sunday July 16th.
Last Sunday afternoon at St.Peter’s church hall in Murrumbeena the gala top thirty 3:21 Audio Visuals as judged and scored in the 13 international locations around the world were shown.

There were many thought provoking short AVs from 73 seconds duration through to the majority that were around 200 seconds. A very wide variety of AV styles and differing approaches to production were observed giving all present much food for thought on our own ‘conserative’ AV production approaches.  Nine Australian AV producers each entered an AV with our highest scoring AV (43rd out of 113) coming from John Hodgson of Adelaide SA (Gymnopedie No.3).  Local Melbourne AV producers that entered were Ruth Goldwasser (Fresh Waters of Papua New Guinea -55th.); Ruth Burleigh (Eyre by Air – 66th.); Jan Burt (An Abstract Perspective – 75th.); and Sue Rocco (Flying Things – 81st.)

See the 3:21 web page at  ( http://www.challenge321.org/index.php?lang=en&page=resu ) to view the very detailed international scoring results from the event judging hosts.

Announcement –  the 2018 VAPS Convention in Warrnambool
The 2017 Frankston convention was a great success with attendance numbers reaching 253 delegates and others. The Saturday night convention dinner was the largest seen for many years with 201 persons attending including guests. The location of the 2018 VAPS Convention has been announced and will be held in country Warrnambool over the weekend of May 25-26-27  2018.

VAPS AV Committee – discussion document on Interclub rule changes for 2018

The Discussion Paper is published in the ‘documents -online resources’ section of the VAPS Web Site. You have till June 30th to make an eMail submission via the VAPS Secretary to the AVC for stage 2 rule changes. See URL http://www.vaps.org.au/downloadable-docs.

June 2016

The Melbourne Camera Club Audio-Visual Group has had a very successful 2016 gaining first place in the annual 3-way International Audio Visual Competition between Cardiff-Wales, Melbourne –Australia and Wantage – UK.

Not only that but Bob Thomas was placed first in the Open AV section in the recent VAPS audio-visual competition for his AV entitled ‘Genesis’.  Sue Rocco and Barb Butler also scored well and were awarded Second and Third for their 3.2.1 AV’s. MCC took out the VAPS Perpetual Trophy for Audio Visuals at the 2016 VAPS Interclub Competition.

13 June 2015

Festival of International Audio Visuals

Report on Festival

21 Jul 2014 – 3-2-1 Results
Results of the 3-2-1 competition are here (200kb pdf). Our 3-2-1 Gala Event Page.

October 2012 – AV Production in Proshow 5

The earlier version of Proshow, version 5 (Gold and Producer), has created problems when displaying full resolution shows created as ‘.exe’ files. The problem only occurs on some computers and can be exacerbated when projected.

John Spring, AV Group Coordinator, has written a discussion paper which will help you address the issue. The discussion paper can be downloaded here (pdf 1MB) where information and links to previous articles are shown.