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Mick Haensler

After 3 years working 65 hours a week at a corporate AV job doing everything from shooting, editing, directing, lighting and sound design, IMAG, blahblahblah, I have decided to open up my own production facility once again. Higher Ground Media will o... [more]
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November 22nd 2007
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I QUIT.... Working for nothing.
by Andy jackson 7 years ago
Anyone Else feel the same that the video industry has had its day. http: forums.creativecow.net thread 12 857674#858248 Your input would be much appreciated. Cheers Andy
Re: I QUIT.... Working for nothing.
by Mick Haensler 7 years ago
"Mick, I wouldn't pay much attetion to andy's post" I didn't Tom. I used to be like Andy so I understand where he's coming from. I was at a crossroads just like him. For me though, getting a "real" jo
Video production and social media marketing
by Mick Haensler 7 years ago
With the recent acquisition of Socialcam by Autodesk for 60 million, it begs the question...Is anybody adding marketing, specifically social media marketing to their services. I have recently brought
Re: Video production and social media marketing
by Mick Haensler 7 years ago
First of all I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this thread, some great insights here and much food for thought. Perhaps I should back up a bit though and explain more precisely wha
Is it appropriate to license video similar to how music is licencsed?
by Stephen Pickering 7 years ago
Hi there, I was recently asked to produce a 4 minute marketing video for an acquaintance of mine at a national company. Essentially this video will be deployed to x number of retail location within hi
Re: Is it appropriate to license video similar to how music is licencsed?
by Mick Haensler 7 years ago
YESSSSSS! Thank you Nick. That is exactly what I was trying to convey with "The Parable of the Jerk Artist". I just came away from a lunch meeting with a very conservative CEO of a mid sized company w
Make URL a hyperlink in my signature
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
How do I make my URL a hyperlink in my signature Thanks everyone! Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media www.highergroundmediainc.com
Re: Make URL a hyperlink in my signature
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
Thanks Stefani, that'll do it! Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media www.highergroundmediainc.com
Animated Stills Look Horrid
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
I'm in the process of animating a bunch of stills for a project. Mostly flying in with slow movement on the screen...simple enough. Problem is the pics are so jaggy during movement. I've tried applyin
Re: Animated Stills Look Horrid
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
Thanks for responding Zach, I'm still using Motion 3(about to get 5). I've tried the Normal and Best switch to no avail. I've been experimenting with different blurs and think I have found an acceptab
Colors not as rich when I export to QT
by Martin Jordan 8 years ago
We are doing a series of online video's in 1920 x 1080 @ 24p. We are capturing video on 3 camera's. A Panasonic using AVC-Intra 50 and converting to Pro Res 422 (HQ) and 2 5DMKII's and converting thos
Re: Colors not as rich when I export to QT
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
I have this issue all the time when working in Motion at 1920x1080. I'll export my project natively, bring it into Compressor and render to h264, and check it in QT before uploading to the client. It
Opinions on Best Case Scenario
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
So here's my situation. I'm still using FCP 6 with FCS2 on a 3 year old Macpro Octocore tower. I didn't upgrade to 7 because I simply didn't have a need for any of the new features and hadn't upgraded
Re: Opinions on Best Case Scenario
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
Scott Sheriff "Don't know what "SL" is" Snow Leopard" Gotcha, I upgraded also. Too many freakin acronyms in this world Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
very stupid question, please answer.
by Sina Ghi 8 years ago
so i've started shooting music videos and there's this one transition effect that is very basic that I'm trying to pull while I'm editing, but I can't figure out how to do it or what it's called. it's
Re: very stupid question, please answer.
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
Jolt...I remember that stuff...tasted like crap but made you feel like you were on crack. Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
Multiple output ratios
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
Hey everyone. I have a client that needs final product to be in both 16:9 HD and 4:3 SD, is there an easy way in Motion to get this done It's for a HD DS network but also needs to be shown on 2 SD LED
Re: Multiple output ratios
by Mick Haensler 8 years ago
DUH!!! Thanks Peter. As my high school Latin teacher would say when pointing out the obvious. "Congratulations, you now have dee fort corner of dee bed sheet"!!(He was Russian). Easy and fast solution
How's that workin out for ya
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Before I post a query here I usually do a search for my issue so I don't do a redundant post. 70% of the time or so I can usually find what I'm looking for. COW is goot....But here's the issue I've be
Re: How's that workin out for ya
by Noah Kadner 9 years ago
Or the original poster forgets about it- that happens... Noah Unlock the secrets of 24p, HD and Final Cut Studio with Call Box Training. Featuring the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D.
Apply Fade To All
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Years ago I used to work on Speededit quite a bit and it had a nifty little shortcut that would allow you to put a crossfade between every clip on the timeline with one keystroke. Is there a way to do
Re: Apply Fade To All
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Thanks guys. Knew there had to be an easy way. Much appreciated. Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
suggestions for Mini DV deck "pro-sumer" is fine
by scott witt 9 years ago
Any suggestions for a prosumer deck I have used the Panasonic AG-DV1000p for about 6 years and it finally started to eat tapes. All I need is SD playback that has analog in and recogniozes FW all time
Re: suggestions for Mini DV deck "pro-sumer" is fine
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Sony DSR-11. Not cheap but very reliable and has yet to not see Firewire. It does have some sync issues when using Firewire though. Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
ex1 colour fluctuation
by brian paterson 9 years ago
Hi, I recently bought a Sony Ex1r and I used it to film a few Weddings without any problems. However I did come across one worrying thing when editing the last shoot. It was a long eventful Wedding wi
Re: ex1 colour fluctuation
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Gotcha, been there done that. I used to shoot regularly in a room with incandescent chandeliers and down lights, florescent coffers, and lots of large windows. Pretty abysmal. Mick Haensler Higher Gro
Royalty Free Food Graphics??
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Hey everyone. I just got a contract to create content for and manage a small digital signage network. Two of the zones are menu boards. I'm having a hard time finding affordable hi res food photo obje
Re: Royalty Free Food Graphics??
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Yep. There's some good stuff on both unfortunately most of it isn't true photo objects. Most is just food shot on a white background with minimal shadow and no alpha channel. Even when you do a search
HD to SD DVD Workflow Training
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Does anyone know of a comprehensive training DVD that takes you through the entire FCS workflow to create an SD DVD from HD footage using all the modules including FCP, Compressor, and DVD Studio Pro
To upgrade or not
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
I'm running Motion 3 on OS 10.4.11 and thinking of upgrading but will also have to upgrade my OS. I read a lot about Snow Leopard being buggy as all get out. So what's my minimum OS upgrade to run the
Re: To upgrade or not
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Thanks for the input guys. Looks like I better get out there and sell some more jobs!! Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
3D Spinning particles to Text!
by Nick Falangas 9 years ago
How do you achieve the 3D spinning particle effect that transitions into your logo or text Here is an example posted below how I am using a mac and the example below was created in After Effects! Plea
Re: 3D Spinning particles to Text!
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Now that was helpful. Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
He wore a herringbone jacket....
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
So I just ingested a shoot I did where the talent was wearing a herringbone sportcoat. I know, I know, I should have stopped the shoot, gone to JS Banks and bought him a wonderful new navy blazer...no
Re: He wore a herringbone jacket....
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
I know it's not the greatest. The talent basically blew in, said "Let's get this over with", gave me no time to set lighting correctly. When I put key close to the camera he got pissed because it was
Lenses Question
by joseph wilkins 9 years ago
Hello, I currently own a sony EX1 with a redrock lens adaptor, a Canon 5D MK II and am anxiously awaiting the RED Scarlett S35 with removable lens capability. I am about to lay out a chunk of change
Re: Lenses Question
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Ditto on the Zeiss glass. Get the fastest you can afford too. On a different note, Michael, why is the chick in the video playing a B3 when there's no B3 in the mix The banjo in the beginning What's t
Ex-1: reputedly-proverbial noise issue
by Marius Sørli Finnstun 9 years ago
Hi I have been reading this forum on and off for quite some time now. Mostly trying to get my head around noise and or grain issues I've been experiencing with my ex-1. There seems to be quite a few p
Re: Ex-1: reputedly-proverbial noise issue
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
I just did a shoot where I was doing a fireside scene where I didn't want to blow out the fire yet not have noise in the blacks. It all came down to lighting and F stop like everyone is saying. Once I
EX1 Picture Profiles
by Brian Moore 9 years ago
I need to get the highest dynamic range out of my ex1r as possible. Can somebody link me to some information that can shed some light on my situation. The more info the better...
Re: EX1 Picture Profiles
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
Matt Sturns "I've had the exact same problem. Kingston 6in1 w Transcend 16GB with red stripe (that I know now to be not compatible with EX). I have tried all above including a SD Card reader and plac
PMW-EX30 Input Woes and Solution
by Greg Ondera 10 years ago
I want to confess a dummy moment. I shoot mostly surgical procedures so when I purchased my XDCam package, I naturally had to buy Sony's PMW-EX30 for those shoots where I needed to capture endoscopic
Re: PMW-EX30 Input Woes and Solution
by Mick Haensler 10 years ago
George Griswold "Sony stopped thinking, consulting with end users, and being at all reasonable way back when SX seemed like a good idea to them (only)." I disagree. Granted, some of the things they i
Need help updating OS X
by Mick Haensler 10 years ago
Hey Everyone I'm running OS X version 10.4.11 on my NLE and need to update to the latest OS for some new software I want to load. What's the best way to do this Can I go straight to the latest version
Script Writing Workshop
by Kevin Sio 10 years ago
I've been in the production business for a number of years but don't really have much experience with developing and writing scripts. (Tho I can pick out a good one or a stinker quickly) My company ha
Re: Script Writing Workshop
by Mick Haensler 10 years ago
Just what I've been looking for. Thanks Mark. Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
Logic of exporting to DV for output to DVD
by Greg Ball 10 years ago
I just still don't get this. I have a video shot on EX1 1080i60. Ken stone and many folks here say to edit this in FCP on an EX1 timeline then create a DV sequence and drop the EX1 sequence into it to
Re: Mike-Workflow.
by Mick Haensler 10 years ago
Workflow was actually pretty simple but did take a while. My project was 1080 30P so I didn't de interlace. I made a Prorez HQ 780X420 MOV file. A nine minute piece took about an hour to render. In Co
capturing composite from a VCR on a LH card
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
I have a Kona LH card and need to capture a composite signal into FCP. Any ideas on the best workflow for the this Can I use just one connector of the component input and if so, which one. Thanks in a
Re: capturing composite from a VCR on a LH card
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Never mind, I figured it out. Mick
Printing cases
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
I have searched the forum and while there is some info on printing DVDs, I couldn't find anything about software for printing cases. I know most folks probably use Photoshop or Ilustrator, but I was h
Re: Printing cases
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
I know I know...Photoshop is the way to go, I just don't want to have to shell out the duckies right now. I need a new set of sticks as well as a new shotgun and wireless system. I've been borrowing f
My Head Hurts...
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
After extensive testing and hours of forum and web searches, I still haven't been able to upload what I consider to be a good looking clip to Vimeo. I know it can be done because I've seen some fine s
Re: My Head Hurts...
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Thanks a boatload guys. I'm trying not to have to go to a third party piece of software to get "the best look in the world"(SNL short film reference). I'm away from the studio for a few days but will
Music for video
by Ben Hawkins 11 years ago
In your opinion. Where is the best place to find production music. Royalty free or music that we can license. We are looking for music you might hear on Mtv commercials, Apple, VHI Or music you might
Re: Music for video
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Mark Suszko "the music was nothing special at all; you can make that stuff up yourself for free with Sonicfire or Garageband, Soundtrack, Acid Pro or any of the music looping tools" I was about to co
Hourly rates for basic corporate events
by Todd VanSlyck 11 years ago
I'm curious about hourly rates for basic corporate events in a controlled environment (i.e. an events center). Would they be much different from other "more complicated" shoots My research indicates f
Re: Hourly rates for basic corporate events
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Todd VanSlyck "I think if I told Joe from Joe's Market I was going to charge him $450 for a two-hour shoot he would drop his jaw." Then let his jaw drop. If you are doing quality work then you will c
Producing video for conventions
by David Perry 11 years ago
Hi, I don't know which forum to post this on but I thought I would start here I am shooting a convention which requires 4 cameras in four different rooms recording for 6 hours a day and producing DVD'
Re: Producing video for conventions
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Mark Suszko "I believe you mean to use the Spanish word, pronounced; "co-HO-nays", referring to the source of a man's virility." Sorry Mark, you're absolutely right. In my haste I didn't check my pos
Shoot for the reel??
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Greetings everyone. Here's my situation. For the past 3 years I've been working a corporate job doing everything from shooting to post, some motion graphics, producing and managing live events and all
Re: Shoot for the reel??
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Thanks Robert and John. Both of you gave great advice and confirmed my thinking. I've been in the business for 20 years and believe it or not, this is the first time I've had to make a demo reel. Most
Corporate Job Posting - Are we going to keep taking this?
by John Grote, Jr. 11 years ago
Good day all, I am back from the dead so to speak and I am posting something here that I find very offensive to all of us hard working, ever learning, creative editors and graphic designers. The job
Re: Corporate Job Posting - Are we going to keep taking this?
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
Sounds like a normal day in my life. As many of you know, I left a corporate gig some months back that required all of the above plus producing live events where I had to know FOH sound, IMAG producti
Videoing sporting events
by mark greenlees 11 years ago
Hi, I have just had someone asking me about videoing a series of Lacrosse and Soccer videos. He mentioned that he had been to a few games and seen the footage done from a very tall tripod (16' he said
Re: Videoing sporting events
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
mark greenlees "This is the first time I've posted on this forum and my "remote thing" comment was my light hearted way of trying to be a little humble. "No offence - but"... your comments in the fir
Sony EX1 and Z1U
by alec gitelman 11 years ago
Hi, I am planning to "go into business" of shooting and editing weddings and events. I am thinking of purchasing an EX1 to use as my A camera and hiring a videographer who owns or rents a Z1U for B ca
Re: Sony EX1 and Z1U
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
alec gitelman "So, since you own both, maybe you'll know the answer about mixing. I work in FCP 6 primarily. Does it matter if B camera is a Sony I'd imagine it mixing better than another manufacture
Best type of Mic?
by Donovan Werts 11 years ago
Hi, I've searched the forum and read about recording live events. I don't have a mixer, but do have two XLR inputs into my camcorder. I will be recording a small chamber orchestra at a smaller, old th
Re: Best type of Mic?
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
The main thing I look for are decent mic preamps. The Yamaha pres are really decent for the price. When I say decent I mean high gain and low noise. In other words, can you drive the audio signal from
Shooting a live concert
by Greg Ball 11 years ago
I have a potential client looking to shoot a live concert with 3 cameras including one on a Jib. I've never shot a large concert before, I've shot many small events. They tell me they would send us au
Re: Shooting a live concert
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
If they want to release this as a DVD then I definitely wouldn't go with a FOH board feed unless they are using a digital board with a matrix output. A matrix board will allow the engineer to give you
They want HOW MUCH??????
by Dionne Knapp 11 years ago
WHOEVER HELPS ME WILL SAVE ME THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!! Bless You! I have been doing an interactive "movie set" at local elementary schools for almost a year. The presentation has gotten pretty popular
Re: They want HOW MUCH??????
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
ennoidyam "The problem is, those large Muslim Scenic Backgrounds for film and theatre are EXPENSIVE!!" And in this day and age I don't know how well that would go over. You might ruffle quite a few f
Powerpoint 07 issues?
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
I just finished an event where I had some weird PP07 issues. I was using a client laptop, new HP running vista and PP07. The first presentation was created in 07 and the remaining three in 03. My sign
Re: Powerpoint 07 issues?
by Vince Becquiot 11 years ago
PP 2007 is absolutely the most bloated and unstable version yet to hit the streets. I would definitely recommend sticking with 2003. The bad part in all of this is that even if you bring a 2003 versio
first time shooting concert footage
by John Kersten 11 years ago
hey everyone, I've got a gig shooting live concert footage for indie bands, probably gonna be a 2-camera thing. anyone got any experience or advice
Re: first time shooting concert footage
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
I just did a post about this in "Business and Marketing". Hope it's useful. Mick Haensler Higher Ground Media
background music for talking heads
by Chris Nicholas 12 years ago
thought i'd pick your guy's brains regarding how i should handle the editing of an informational style video. the video is for promotion of a student conference; outlining the activities in store for
Re: background music for talking heads
by Mick Haensler 11 years ago
The new Sound FX libraries from Digital Juice have a ton of ambient music as well as music "sets" with stingers, tags and themes. There is a huge range of styles for not a lot of money. Plus you also
Some jaded thoughts for the new year
by Mick Haensler 12 years ago
Hello All As I close in on my final days at my corporate job as Director of Media Services, and on the morning after shooting one of the most boring weddings at said corporate job, I have some admited
Re: Some jaded thoughts for the new year
by Mick Haensler 12 years ago
Jeff Carpenter "I never wanted to go full-time because I was afraid I might end up where you are now; tired and sick of it all. I'm sorry you got in too deep!" Thanks Jeff. I think one of the main is
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