To honor the extraordinary creators who make Vresh so special, we select one monthly and thrust them into the limelight to promote their brand of boldness, grit and intrepid spirit. With so many incredible Vresh creators, it’s difficult to pick just one.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Raul Ramirez (@VrVegan) about how he uses Vresh to enliven his experiences as a champion kickboxer and all-around Renaissance man. Time to “kick” this into high gear.
Vresh: Give us an introduction on who you are.
Raul: I try to be somewhat of a Renaissance person. I have university degrees in science and the arts, and I am also a champion kickboxer and wrestler. I spend much time training, coaching students and treating patients in my Eastern medicine clinic.
Vresh: Tell us the story of how you became interested in martial arts. What type of martial arts do you practice? How long have you been practicing?
Raul: I loved the movie, “The Karate Kid,” when I was a boy. It made me want to learn martial arts. It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles as a teen that I had a chance to take a deep dive into martial arts. We have many world class instructors in southern California; it’s mind blowing.
Raul’s dedication to his craft has enabled him to travel the world and hone his skills in numerous martial art forms. He has trained in Sanda kickboxing in China, Self Defense in Singapore, Silat in Indonesia and Catch Wrestling in England. The fact that he also competes in Jiu-jitsu only reinforces the notion that this is someone you do not want to mess with.
Vresh: How did you first get into 360º cameras or video? Do you remember the first time you found out about 360º?
Raul: I think my first experiences were from the Samsung gear stuff from back in the day. I also had a videographer friend that told me about 360º cameras. I decided that I’d like to film my Catch Wrestling matches in 360º. I started filming segments of my travels around the world so I could get used to using the camera. That’s how it all started.
Vresh: What was your first 360º camera? How easy was the process for you to learn to film and edit 360º video?
Raul: My first 360º camera was the Gear 360. It was a real learning experience because of all the Samsung proprietary software. I spent more time finding ways to work around their software so that I could use an old phone to control the camera remotely. I’m happy that virtually all the 360º cameras are becoming more user-friendly.
When asked what type of videos Raul tends to record and what software he likes to use, he told us that he prefers Vresh. He explained that Vresh’s in-app video capabilities are ideal not only for managing his videos, but also sharing them.
Vresh: What type of videos do you like recording? What is your technique when it comes to editing? Do you use software or apps? If so, which ones do you prefer and why?
Raul: Actually, I learned a ton from Vresh. I think that one-minute clips are enough to give the viewer a sense of space and not too long where they get bored of the camera not moving. The smaller video files are much easier to manage.
Vresh: What projects are you currently working on? Or video projects, if any? What can we expect from you in the near future?
Raul: I’m currently working on some LA Noir true crime videos that place people in the middle of locations where infamous crimes took place. Los Angeles is an amazing city with insane history. I think that people would like to take a moment to realize the history of the locations that they pass by every day. I’ve also been going to more protests. These activists are changing the world. They say that the revolution won’t be televised, but hopefully I can capture it in 360º.
Vresh: Where can people follow you on social media?
Raul: Find me on Twitter and Instagram @baliantaksu.
From the wrestling mat to the activism circuit, Raul uses Vresh as a vehicle to inspire others. How do you use Vresh to share your passion? Let us know via the links below.
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