The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky

YouTube: VR Jam Lab

The Confucius Institute is located on UK’s campus in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts library across from UK’s College of Fine Arts. Not many students are aware of this facility and to help it gain more exposure, Sarah filmed an introductory video in 360.

The institute is a center for UK students and faculty to explore Chinese language, culture, and traditions. Inside, there are various Chinese elements such as traditional musical instruments and art. The premise of this program is to strengthen Chinese studies and serve as a gateway between China and UK.

Sarah was able attend a martial arts class and was able to capture it in 360. Martial arts is just one of the many community courses the center offers. There are tai chi, Chinese language, and traditional painting courses as well.

To enroll in these community courses or know more about the center, visit

Sarah was both the editor and photographer.

Surgeon for a day

Ever wondered what it is like to be a surgeon? Well, Bossa Studios has a VR game that allows you to act as a surgeon and virtually perform surgery on a patient. The game, Surgeon Stimulator, is available through their website:

Buzzfeed video

The video above, a real surgeon attempts to perform surgery through VR. The game has different surgeries such as heart and brain transplant. It grades you based on your performance and the time it took to accomplish it. Dr. Johnson C Lee, the surgeon in the video, talks about how surgery should be focused on how the patient’s quality and the surgery quality and he exemplifies that during gameplay.

Bossa Studios

There is even a Donald Trump surgeon stimulator! Overall, the stimulator is a great usage of VR because it allows the player to actually interact with objects and sense what a surgeon does during surgery. Can it be used to teach medical students? Possibly but it cannot be the only resource. It was a fun game but in seriousness, medical students need the expertise and knowledge greater than the VR experience. Maybe if the game was garnered towards medical students by adding tutorials, explanations, and textbook information.

I think using a VR gaming headset is the best experience for this game because it allows you to physically be in that world. The iPhone app has limitations because it is basically just a tap and scrolling game because of controllers cannot be used.

BTS of UK’s Student News Network

Take a tour behind the production of UK’s Student News Network. The VR tour gives insight into the production space including a newscast. During the tour, you will be able to see the news reports, editors, camera operators all work together to make a well-oiled news network.

The shooter/photographer was Braden Ramsey using the GoPro Fusion 360 camera.

The editor was Sarah Tran using Adobe Premiere Pro 2018.

Layering texts behind objects in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adding texts to videos is a way to engage the viewer into the video but placing texts behind objects can increase the production value and make for an aesthetic video.

First step: You will need to duplicate your video layer. To do this, you can press the Alt key and drag the video layer to the upper layer, leaving an empty layer in between. That is where the text layer will go.

Second step: Mask the layer where you want your text to go. To do so, click on the ‘Opacity mask tools’ in the ‘Effects Controls’ panel. Use the Free draw bezier tool and then draw a path along the layer you want to add text behind. To be more accurate, you can use the zoom tool.

Step three: Next, use the type tool and added any text you want. To add more detail to the text, click on the ‘Essential graphics’ panel (Window > Essential Graphics). Next, drag the graphic layer down between the 2 duplicate clips (the empty layer between the 2). Now position and resize the text.

Step four: Zoom into the editing screen and check the text and details of the mask path using the bezier handles to make sure it is following the layer you want your text behind.

Here is an example! To do this, they used the mask path along the player and placed the text behind the player.