Audio Visual Group

*Photo credit for various images and montages above - John Spring and Rod Carruthers.


The MCC Audio Visual Group meets at the clubrooms on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm.

When there is a 5th Monday in a month, we have a 'No Rules; Show & Tell' meeting, also at 8pm. The aim being to share and get feedback on your project, and watch AVs from other sources. For more information about our 5th Monday meetings, click here.

The aim of the group is to promote an understanding of Audio Visuals (AVs) and to teach members how to make their own presentations. We also hope to encourage members to participate in the various AV competitions and exhibitions that take place during the year, particularly the AV section in the MCC  End of Year competition.

Topics covered will include all aspects of the creative process, including useful techniques and the hardware/software requirements to produce and present an Audio Visual.

If you would like to know more about Audio Visuals, come along to the Audio Visual Group meetings (see dates below). The coordinator of the group is John Spring and he may be contacted via email.


We define "Audio Visual" (AV) as a planned sequence of overlayed and/or merged images that have transition effects between each image. Also known as "Sound Slides" and "Diaporamas", an AV usually includes images, sound, credit text and sometimes maps and graphics.

Want to know more?. Click here to find out.


The following links outline the history of Audio Visual and The Melbourne Camera Club's involvement through the Audio Visual Group.

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September 2017

8pm Wednesday evening  September 20th  2017 –  DaVinci Video Editor with Paul Palcsek
The first part of the evening will be from our own Paul Palcsek and his experience and review of a ‘free’ Video Editing software ‘ DaVinci Resolve’

Do you need a video editor to edit video?

A look at the DaVinci Resolve video editor. Is this the Photoshop of video editors?

How to use clips to manage video editing. Is a slideshow with video still a slideshow?

Second part of the evening presentation by John Spring on the new ProShow version 9 what the internal Audio Editor can do 4u in adding music to your Audio Visuals.

New MOVIE or VIDEO Group Under Consideration by the MCC Board – Sept 2017

Recently announced in the eMCC of Sunday September 17th  “…A special interest group for video enthusiasts is under consideration…” by the Board. The submission by Peter Walton for an separate ‘Video’ Group which I hope will be called the ‘Movie Group’ is proposed to be trialed soon. The Australian Photographic Society has a Movie Division and perhaps there in lies the potential direction of a similar group at MCC. There are many production and guidance rule similaritiea s between Movie making and AV production so there should be a great deal of cross flow if and when this new group comes into existance.

The Australian Photographic Society AV Division changes their  National AV Rules
Alia Naughton the Chairperson of the APS AV Division recently announced that their national competition AV Rules has been revised with the deletion of the ‘Fusion Category’ and the inclusion of an allowance of 20% video in the remaining 4 categories.

There has been a category change to the APS Autumn AV National and the Spring AV National competitions. There now will be 4 categories instead of 5. The category, Fusion, has been removed. So, the other categories are - Documentary, Theme, Poetry & Song, Photo Harmony. Video content will now be allowed in all categories with a limit of not being more than 20% of the total duration of the sequence. These changes will take place in 2018….”

Please go the the AV Definitions page for a full description of the new categories.

and download page URL

October 30th  AVG ‘5th. Monday – SHOW & TELL’
The next 5th Monday ‘No Rules’ Show & Tell is scheduled for the end of October. Here is big chance to test run your AVs prior to the end of year AV competition entries being due in no later than Thursday November 2nd 2017.

The 2017 AVG Theme of ‘Street Art’

Defined and set this year by AVG member Robert Fairweather – his explanation of the theme is that it should be more than just street art hot spots like Melbourne’s Hosier lane and the graffiti walls of Fitzroy. Look at your local streetscapes, parks, and suburban shopping centers for public accessible ‘art’. This could include abandoned car lots, murals, stickers, stencils as well as the traditional painted works of art.

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.

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

New Version of Audacity 2.1.2 -  Audio Editor
URL:  Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

News from PhotoDEX

The ProShow Blog Newsletter is worth subscribing to if you are a ProShow user – see their home page  

Photodex ProShow Discount Offer
John Spring has negotiated a discount offer on Photodex's ProShow.  See here.

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August 16

September 20

October 18

November 15

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For a collection of past articles and information click here.

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If you see any errors on this web page or the AV Group event pages in the calendar, contact John Spring via email.