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QHQ Superglue (tutorial+preset)

QHQ Superglue (tutorial+preset)

In this episode I will share with you a simple After Effects preset I designed to help me stick 2D layers to a variety of sources without the need for parenting. While the technique itself is trivially simple, I will explain in-depth the mechanism behind the script and walk you through a number of examples of how it can be used.

Running time: 43min
Difficulty: Easy
Required tools: After Effects
Intro and Outro music: “Ghosts II” by Nine Inch Nails

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Kinetisphere (2012)

Kinetisphere (2012)

Digging through my hard drives, I realized there are some older projects I did, I have never mentioned on this site. Kinetisphere is one of such works.

Created to celebrate the launch of the Nexus Q, Kinetisphere is a monument to the confluence of modern design and digital music. Like the Nexus Q, Kinetisphere is designed to encourage social interaction and connect people. It’s a multi-sensory, multi-user participatory experience.

Built in 2012 for Google I/O conference, this was one of the very first projects I worked on after closing imago and moving to San Francisco. To be precise – I was tasked to create a series of audio-driven visuals displayed on an LED loop running around this sculpture. Paired with a talented Touch Designer artist, we built a number of presets users could cycle through as they interacted with the installation.

 

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GIFify Glitch (tutorial)

GIFify Glitch (tutorial)

In episode 2 of the QubaHQ Tutorials Season 2, I will show you how to use Photoshop’s batch processing to create a cool glitch effect based off the GIF compression algorithm.

There is no preset attached to this tutorial, as I will walk you through the very process of creating your own throughout the video.

Running time: 15min
Difficulty: Easy
Required tools: Photoshop, After Effects
Intro and Outro music: “Ghosts II” by Nine Inch Nails

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QHQ Chromatic Aberration Rig (tutorial+script)

QHQ Chromatic Aberration Rig (tutorial+script)

Update!
New version 1.3.1 (25 March 2014) now supports both English and German After Effects. If you would like to assist me with other localizations, contact me by email.

Just when it seemed as if QubaHQ Tutorials won’t ever come back, the long-awaited QHQ Chromatic Aberration Rig Tutorial and Script are finally here. Feels like the first day of spring may be a good time for new beginnings. Throughout season 2, QubaHQ Tutorials will be shorter, smarter, snappier and more to-the-point. Unless absolutely necessary, gone are the 90-minute videos, in favor of simpler and more digestible format. I currently have ideas and material for 13 new episodes, and hope to match the US Television standard of 22-24 episodes before taking a break for season 3.

In this tutorial I will discuss the optics of chromatic aberration and common ways of reproducing it in vfx. I will also introduce the brand new Chromatic Aberration Rig in form of an After Effects script that automates the creation of this effect into a simple 2-click procedure.

Running time: 27min
Difficulty: Easy
Required tools: After Effects
Intro and Outro music: “Ghosts II” by Nine Inch Nails

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Dance Central 2: Dance 2gether (oldie!)

Dance Central 2: Dance 2gether (oldie)

This is a real blast from the past.

A few years ago, I have been commissioned by a LA-based production company g-NET to create a post-production look and set of tools for this Dance Central ad. I have completed the assignment and as a part of the process built a cool After Effects Expression for controlling the playback of videos on multiple layers. I will most likely make a tutorial for it as a part of QHQ Tutorials Season 2.

Despite putting few scenes from the video on my reel, I pretty much all but forgot about this project and never had a chance to showcase it here. So, with a great delay, here are two ads from the “Dance 2gether” series.

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The real problem with piracy

The real problem with piracy

I’d lie if I said I have never pirated anything in my life. Having been growing up in Poland on the brink of abolishing the communist regime, I haven’t even been aware of concepts such as intellectual property rights or legal/illegal software.

I’d get the games and software for my first microcomputers (ZX Spectrum, Atari 65XE and then Commodore 64C) from the mail-in, photocopied catalogues. I’d pick what I wanted from the list, send them an empty audio cassette, transfer an equivalent of $5 and within a week or two receive the tape back, filled with anywhere between 8 to 30 games. All the games came with a crack intro and often a “trainer” hack, allowing infinite lives and other cheats. (On a completely separate note, these intros were what sparked my initial interest in using computers for art.)
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Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 5)

Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 5)

Another Olivari project came to a close in 2013. Here are the last 6 parts of the amazing Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion series.

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Bowerbirds: November and December

Bowerbirds: November and December

With the end of 2013, Olivari’s One Year of Little campaign came to a close. In December we published the final episodes of many of the series created for this project.

Here are two final videos for Bowerbirds: November and December.

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Nexus Q: Lights (cancelled)

Nexus Q: Light (cancelled)

You may remember a cool media device named Nexus Q created by Google in 2012 and subsequently removed from sale. At Autofuss we created quite a few pieces for the launch of the device that never ended seeing the light of day.

Here is a set of boards I created for one of the spots.

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Nexus 7: Grandma

Nexus 7: Grandma

Here is a video I have been teasing for a while now. Today, I am finally able to share it with you as it has been officially released to the wild.

Nexus 7: Grandma is a video banner – a one minute visit to the wonderful world of grandparents, as seen through the eyes of a child. Following the tabletop aesthetic of Nexus 7 campaign, it abstracts the story into a series of carefully curated still life compositions. But I would not be myself if I stopped there…

 
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