Late Summer Challenge Workshop
Workshop Premiers on September 8th, at 1pm EST on Pimax Youtube channel.
(Link will be added soon.)
Your Video Workshop Instructor
Hey everyone, my name is Martin Lammi. As you may know already, I’m a VR YouTuber with more than 4 years of experience from creating YouTube video content, VR gameplays and VR reviews on my YouTube channel SweViver. I am very happy and excited to announce that I’m currently working on a full workshop, made to help you getting started and create the best possible contributions for the Pimax Summer Challenge contest.
For the next couple of weeks, I will host a series of video sessions for you, including live streams. The workshop sessions will include my best recommendations, hints and tips on how to get started by planning, recording and editing your Pimax VR gameplays and how to make creative and professional looking video content – just like a real YouTuber!
Live on Sep 8, 2021
Section 001 How to properly plan and be creative when creating video content of VR games and applications
Section 002 Best OBS Studio settings
Section 003 Capturing high quality VR gameplay footage
Section 004 VR Through-the-lens recordings
Section 005 Managing video camera recordings
Section 006 Video editing, post processing and more
Get Prepared In Advance!
We know it is never easy to create video content but we are here to make the process easier! To get fully prepared for these training sessions here is a short introduction that includes the recommended software and hardware which I highly advise you to prepare and install before the first workshop video session.
STEP 1 VR & Video Capture Software
There are various video capturing software applications out there, but OBS Studio is the software that the majority of YouTubers are using, including myself. OBS Studio is a free-to-use software with many cool and advanced features, but it’s also a very easy application to get started with, especially for VR content recordings. You can download and install OBS Studio for Windows from the official website:
Throughout the workshop sessions I will guide you on how to easily configure the best OBS Studio settings for your VR recordings. But first, there is a free plugin for OBS Studio that you need to install, called OBS OpenVR Input Plugin. This plugin enables easy and high-quality video capture of your VR view when playing SteamVR-based games and applications. Download the latest version of OpenVR Input Plugin here:
To get started, I suggest you watch the videos below about OBS Studio and VR recording:
STEP 2 Video Camera
If you would like your YouTube videos to include an overlay with a capture of yourself playing VR games, you obviously need a video camera. This is not mandatory for creating VR content, but it will create more interesting VR gameplay videos having your real-life movements and expressions on-screen.
As for the camera, in most cases a simple webcam with video resolution of 720p (or 1080p) and framerate of 30fps (or 60fps) will be more than enough to fulfill the task. Having the webcam plugged in and installed on your PC, you can easily import the video feed into OBS Studio and create a video overlay, which I will guide you through in the upcoming workshop sessions.
Have in mind that the better quality you can capture, the more professional your videos will appear for your audience. Personally, I highly recommend using a more high-quality video camera that has HDMI output and the ability to transfer/record a video feed of at least 1080p resolution and a 60fps frame rate. Especially if you want to record great looking full screen captures or content for reviews. There are probably thousands of alternatives out there when it comes to video cameras, but my personal choice is the Lumix GH-5, a very popular camera among big YouTubers.
You can record the footage on the internal memory card and then transfer it to your PC, or alternatively fetch the HDMI video feed in real time from your camera to your PC by using an additional video-capture card/device. For the latter, I would recommend using the video capture device called Elgato Game Capture HD60 or better.
STEP 3 Video Editing Software
To make your videos look professional, more creative and appealing to watch, you will need to do at least some video editing of your raw captures. Video editing gives you endless possibilities to cut, mix and blend your VR footages, add camera recording and graphical overlays including effects in your final YouTube videos.
For this purpose, there are many different Windows applications to choose from, both free-to-use and paid software for Windows and Mac. My personal choice of video editing software is Adobe Premiere Pro, but as it’s not free to use, I would strongly suggest that you begin your YouTube content creator journey by using some of the most popular free video editing software available, such as:
VSDC Free Video Editor
Movie Maker 10