Hugh Hou: Professional YouTuber and 360 Videographer
VRside chats is a weekly fireside chat with independent 360/VR creators, hosted by Daniel K. Hatton. He started the podcast as he is more interested in independent creators who make cool VR contents out there. In his 3th chats, he had the opportunity to speak with the co-founder of Creator Up, Hugh Hou.
Hugh is a professional 2D videographer who got into creating 360 videos. Many of you might have seen his tutorial videos on how to make 360 videos on YouTube. In this interview, we asked him about his career path and his advice on creating videos and would like to bring you the behind the scene story of Hugh Hou.
Q: Please tell us about your background on how you got into 360 and VR?
Hugh: I am 2D videographer, mostly a YouTuber. My company actually credit to the content. I’ve been working at 2D content, and about three years ago I decided to get involve with the project that involves Gopro and Touch together to make video. I thought that is a great media. After that, my first video that actually boost up my Youtube channel was Nikon Key-mission. I made an video about Nikon Key-mission and tutorial on how to use and how to shoot 360 video using my past experience, which that video started everything get going. Since then I just keep making tutorial on how to make 360 videos.
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Q: How did your company, Creator Up, come about and when did that get started?
Hugh: Creator Up actually has been around for almost 5 years now. Even now the company itself has nothing to do anything with 360 VR. We are 2D content and educational company to teach people how to make money off their videos. Therefore, we create a lot of content for YouTube and Google, while they are both accountant to YouTuber. This is actually how we make money, but majority of business for us is to teach people how to look for their passion, create content on internet, and using social media to become a social influencer.
Q: You've been working on Gopro fusion, how you find in it?
Hugh: I like it! For the personal work right now, I also use the human eye view. But beside that two cameras, that is the camera I use. Sometimes I also use Insta One just for the easy shoot by mounting the camera on the helmet. But Gopro fusion is really convenient camera for the casual shooting. That is the reason why I use it. I haven’t got a chance to run on the professional gigabyte, but the quality is high enough. But I like the camera in general.
Q: How is the post work for it? I hear several opinions about it. Some people say it's not bad, but some say it's horrible.
Hugh: This is a battle on the YouTube. A lot of big channel who comes from traditional 2D photographer world, who cares the camera, point and shoot. People like that will say Gopro fusion is very bad for post work load. They will say it’s such a work and it is not user friendly. But I am a technician and I’ve been filming 360 for four years. From my view, it is like comparing attached six Gopro to Insta one, Insta pro, or even all the professional cameras. My recent job was six array of red giant camera in cinema lens. That was a nightmare. Footage looked amazing but Gopro fusion is no comparison. You need to have army of people on the set just to do all these work. While, you can just pull Gopro fusion out from your pocket, turn it on and shoot, pull the card out and put it into your PC. Read it and hit the stitch button. You do not need to stitch actually, just hit the button and it will stitch it for you, and you will have nice 5.2K footage.
The footage and premiere looks decent too. It actually look really good. I did a lot of camera comparison with fusion, with literately any consumer camera you can imagine out there in the market. I think on the costumer level, Gopro fusion had the best look to my eyes in my opinion. Also it has the great dynamic range of me to color grade. It is very important for camera that has the latitude and space for me to actually push the color to create the look from camera.
Q: With the drone footage, what source of app would you advice us to use?
Hugh: When you transferring your footage from your PC, such as from fusion studio out after using Gopro fusion, I usually use cinema, a Gopro codex. With that codex, I drop to premier and usually colour grade with division resolve or Luminature, or any way you color grade it. If I can, I actually also de-noise if it is low light footage.
After de-noising, I add in sharpening effect from voice effects, voice continuum, which is VR unit, bring about the sharpness of the footage and then output that as DNXHR-HQ. If the file is small enough, I will drop into YouTube directly and let YouTube handle the transcoding. If the file is too big, I will actually do one more step of transcoding after codex to turn the file in to H264 but its X264 so you can have bigger file size for 5.2K and up on YouTube. if you want likes, push the footage to look good.
This is the method I use on the professional gigabyte which I shot on Insta, 360 pro,which all I do for the client job. You do not have to do any of this, you can literary output the footage MP4 from the fusion and upload one on the YouTube. it will look better then anything else you’ve ever done.
Q: Have you ever done Mi Sphere?
Yes, Mi Sphere is also one of my first camera. the Mi Sphere the really cheap one. Yes I tried it but I do not use it for video. It is because I need at lease 4k for my videos. If you see other video on my channel, the minimum resolution is 4K. With the firmament upgrade, it should be 4K right now but it is not true 4K sensor, so we need to look at camera and the sensor size. Sensor is designed for photos, therefore it can have very high resolution. But for video, it doesn’t handle the transcoding and processing, so it is not really a true 4K in this case. It is a great camera. it is great consumer camera to figure out how to shoot video. I mean it is everybody’s first camera anyway.
I actually suggest you to go for Insta 360 One, which is definitely upgraded. It gets 4k and its stabilisation is as good as Gopro fusion, so you can literary use this camera to do everything fusion does. Also the benefit of 4k on the Insta One is that you can do your editing in your phone. So you do not need you pc. whenever I’m traveling, I pull out my iPhone X and start doing editing color grading on the phone directly, which is possible with One but not with fusion.
Q: So where can people find you online?
You can check out my word on YouTube. Just YouTube.com/creatorup, my VeeR channel Hugh Hou or you can look me up on instragram, just Hugh Hou. If you want to hire me for your next project, go on to creatorup.com/360 and you can hire me from there!
Listen to the original sound track at VRside chats. Daniel K. Hatton is a freelance filmmaker who has produced video content for various brands and businesses over the past several years and is the founder of ENDEAVR, a 360/VR content studio. Daniel also hosts the VRside Chats podcast, featuring weekly fireside chats with independent 360/VR creators. He is reluctant to refer to himself as ‘the host’ but has no problem referring to himself in the third person.