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Hans Wilhelm Hansen
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    Why the rest of us needs the Micro-Cat:

  
  • We need to hear the voice of the alpine skier, but is a little afraid of skiing next to the guy  with our 416 between our teeth down "Steilhang" in Kitzbühel...
  • We don't like the idea of synchronized bungee-jumps... Especially with all the expensive equipment hanging on our body...
  • You hesitate when told that the producer would really love the close-up sound of the stuntmans heavy breathing during the fall, and the groan when hitting the cardboard boxes...
  • There are two persons in the small rubber boat, you have to be in the other boat next to it, but the shot is so wide you'll need a 50 feet pole...
  • The star drives an open car, and you don't trust him when he's doing 150 mph...
  • You are not especially into base jumping...or parachuting..
  • You need the sound of exterior car, but the producer don't like the blimp mounted on the hardtop...
  • You feel a little bit sick when told that your job today is to record the footsteps of a 100 Mt.. sprinter..
  • ...And tomorrow it's the New York Marathon...
  • You're wondering about what the referee for the super bowl will say, when asking  if  it's okay for him if you run next to him with your 416 in your right hand during the  match...
  • You're not convinced when told that "yes, it is 3000 feet down to the village, but this rope is safely secured with this bolt so you won't fall, and the climber is not going to say more than a couple of lines. If you like, we can secure your 416 with an additional rope..!?"
  • When the producer says: "I know it's not windy, I like the Micro-Cat look"...
  • When the talent says: "I will NOT wear that grey thing on my BLACK T-shirt, it looks like a bug!!" You say:  "I know, for these special occasions I have bought this new BLACK Micro-Cat!!"
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And here's some facts:
               I invented the Micro-Cat during recording a show called "Who dares win".
               I had to, because the main thing was to "make" ordinary people do stunts, and
               then pay them... And if they didn't do the stunt, the  host had to do it, to show
               that it could be done in a safe way, or to bail out and pay..because he didn't
               dare either..Usually he paid....

               It involved things like standing on a planes wing, jumping out from a helicopter
               from 3000 feet ( with a parachute :), I used Audio RMS2000 and holding the
               receiver horizontally I got sound from the point of counting " 2-1-GO!". I
               missed the "3" because the girl jumping said "3" inside the copter.. I then had
               sound all the way down. the moan when the parachute opened was great, and
               she laughed all the way down. Try to loop that!

               Other things we did was cleaning windows, on the outside on Norways highest
               hotel, balance from one roof to another on a steel beam, ride a luge ( Skeleton,
               on the belly and face forward ), climbing up a heli-ladder from a boat that did
               20 knots, Australian rappelling ( face down ) down a building....
               Every production day I used the Micro-Cat.

               But remember, it also works  in a news-reporters stand up, or one / two
               persons walking and talking. Basically in situations that you would like to use
               your wireless, but can't because it's windy....

               Hans W.
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                                                A really nice pair...

Last updated: 12.09.04