My latest video shot "live in the studio" -

PJH wrote on 7/29/2014, 5:29 AM
I've just uploaded a track from my solo album. It's the title track "Living for the Moment" The song is an 8 minute instrumental and it's definitely my most ambitious attempt so far.

The video was shot live in the studio and was edited in Vegas 10.

There were quite a few instruments and parts to the song and I tried to include as many different shots as possible.

Hope you enjoy,





farss wrote on 7/29/2014, 6:16 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed the music but the visuals didn't work for me.
I'm just listening to the music as I type this and it's much more enjoyable without the visuals, the music is taking me somewhere that the visuals were stopping me from going to. You need to move the camera, make shots dynamic, visually interesting and have something wide to cut to.

PJH wrote on 7/29/2014, 7:10 AM
Thanks for watching. I hear what you're saying. This is not so much a "music video" as such but more a kind of documentary of the recording of the song. It's going to be part of a "making of" DVD. I will be shooting interviews etc.

The studio is also quite small so I have to work with what I have.

Glad you enjoyed the music though.


dlion wrote on 7/29/2014, 7:32 AM
nicely done!
farss wrote on 7/29/2014, 7:55 AM
[I]"This is not so much a "music video" as such but more a kind of documentary of the recording of the song."[/I]

OK but it's not documenting, try cutting to before someone plays a part to mix it up a bit, try to give the visuals a rhythm of their own.

PJH wrote on 7/29/2014, 8:55 AM
Thanks for the comment dlion.

Kimberly wrote on 7/29/2014, 10:52 AM
Loved the music. But how did you play all those instruments at the same time? (Wink)

The Superman tee-shirt has to go. A black tee-shirt or similar for both players would have been less visually distracting.


PJH wrote on 7/29/2014, 11:05 AM
Thanks, Kimberley, glad you enjoyed the music.

Yep, that's Larry. Nothing's gonna stop Larry from wearing funny T shirts.

As I said earlier, it is what it is.

Thanks for watching and for the comments.


Arthur.S wrote on 7/29/2014, 1:19 PM
Agree with Bob, like the music, but visuals could be a bit more dynamic. How did you afford Phil Colins on drums? :-)
musicvid10 wrote on 7/29/2014, 2:45 PM
The music and recording is fine; straight cuts are an acceptable way to do a music video, perhaps moreso on location than a studio shoot. That said, the timing of the cuts didn't seem intuitive, and distracted when they occurred too early or late for a natural transition with the music.

I do mine in a multicam editing environment, and punch in the camera cuts in real time. Then a little tweaking and everything usually turns out fine.

Geoff_Wood wrote on 7/29/2014, 3:56 PM
The visuals worked for me as a 'documentary', but not as a music entertainment video per se. Scenes too repetitive - need more shot angle variations .

Music was great.

Where did you get those giant mutant SM57s ?!!!

MikeyDH wrote on 7/29/2014, 10:11 PM
I too enjoyed the music along with the opening.
Rory Cooper wrote on 7/30/2014, 1:56 AM
I enjoyed the music. The Keyboard shots are orange cast and look like they were cut from a different shoot and it comes across as such in the cut.

“living for the moment” ........and the superman t-shirt........ok I can see it now. :)
PJH wrote on 7/30/2014, 3:55 AM
I hear what everyone says and appreciate the feedback.

These shots were shot at different times during the recording of the album. I wanted to eventually make a DVD of the recording process showing the various parts on the various instruments.

As I'm the one playing virtually all the instruments (except drums) it was a very difficult job.

These videos were never meant to be aired as "music videos" where everything is "cut to the beat etc" but just a visual peek at the actual playing of the instruments.

I have quite a few musician friends following me on various social media platforms and they have expressed an interest in having a look at how and where the various parts in the songs were played. This is why it was edited in this way.

I am working on the things like camera movement etc but obviously need help with extra people etc.

I am in the process of filming interviews explaining certain aspects of the songs and recordings which will also "sandwich" inbetween the songs.

The different colour hues etc are part and parcel of the tracks and yes, they do look like they weren't part of the same shoot because they weren't.

I adopted the approach that I used because for the DVD, any footage is better than no footage.

I do appreciate everyone's feedback and it is something that I'll look at for future "in swtudio shots".

The main thing for me is of course that most of the viewers seemed to enjoy the music.



Rory Cooper wrote on 7/31/2014, 4:09 AM
Just to clarify, we want to see and hear what "Living for the Moment" means to you.

you are a good musician I thought your style and composition was good. You express yourself audibly with music very well now do the same visually
That is the shots are good, but more shots from different angles.

more important is what does "Living for the Moment" what does it mean to YOU. Express that visually to compliment the audio.

For example for some it means being reckless with their lives others like some of the female gender it means living for the day you get married, still walk and breath after that day but not really living etc..etc.
PJH wrote on 7/31/2014, 8:56 AM
Absolutely Rory. I agree with you - that is if I was actually doing a "music video". I decided to rather go down the route of just a visual documentary of the recording process.

I do appreciate your comments about the music etc but I am a little hamstrung trying to capture a certain mood when trying to record the instruments at the same time.

If I decide to make an actual music video on location etc and using footage to portray the mood I want, that's a whole different story. As of now though I just want to get the "making of " DVD finished.

It is something that I might want to look at in the future.

Thanks for your feedback. It is appreciated.


Byron K wrote on 8/1/2014, 4:08 AM
Wow! Great job on the audio production. The mix sounds great thru a Steinberg UR44 -> Mackie mixer -> Mackie HR824 monitors. All EQ set flat. Listened to Lightning Strikes too, really liked the touch of rock organ in this track.

The only thing I can nit-pick is the bass drum is just a smidge low but nothing a little low end EQ can't fix.

Changing the Low EQ setting on the HR824 to 37Hz (Normal) setting brought up the low end a bit though.

I'd be interested to see the instructional of the recording.

BTW, How do you get YouTube to play back good quality audio at low resolution settings?

I've found that low resolution settings plays back audio very compressed and I have to tell people to play back my vids in high res 720p
PJH wrote on 8/1/2014, 10:23 AM
Thanks, Byron.

What part of the recording are you interested in? If you can be more specific I can give you more detail.


John222 wrote on 8/1/2014, 11:09 AM
Well I liked it. I thought the keyboard lighting was great and broke up the sameness of the other scenes. I was fine with the cuts, but I would have reduced them. Since your playing most of the instruments, you don't need to cut away to every lead riff. As a musician you want to feature every little riff, but people watching aren't as interested. It would have been nice to spend more time on the acoustic guitar and percussionist.. I agree with Kimberly about the superman T-shirt. Install Mocha Pro and you can remove that. By the way the audio quality was first rate. Overall it was excellent.
Byron K wrote on 8/1/2014, 1:42 PM
PJH, I meant that I'd be interested to see your documentary of the recording.
Byron K wrote on 8/2/2014, 2:23 PM
Oh just another minor note, while reviewing the video trying to figure out how you got such good quality audio at low resolution, I noticed that the cymbals at 7:10 are very very faint and I can't or can barely hear them even w/ the HI EQ 12kHz on the mixer turned up.

I still think overall the audio and video production was excellent!
PJH wrote on 8/7/2014, 4:02 AM
Hi Byron,

Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated.

If you're interested, I can give you the settings that I use for uploading to Youtube. I can't tell you why the audio sounds like it does. Youtube does strange things to audio and video and the results are sometimes unpredictable.

I can still give you my settings if it'll help....