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QHQ Channel Splitter (Tutorial + Preset + Action)

QHQ Channel Splitter (Tutorial + Preset + Action)

Color grading using Curves, Levels and other RGB tools always felt quite counter-intuitive to me. That’s why I decided to create QHQ Channel Splitter – an After Effects script and Photoshop action for automatic splitting of the image/footage into discrete RGB or CMY channels. Channel Splitter can change the way you experiment with color correction as well as open a brand new way of color grading through changing the “inks” rather than the channel values.

Running time: 38min
Difficulty: Easy
Required tools: After Effects and/or Photoshop
German localization: Jonathan Baecker
Intro and Outro music: “Ghosts II” by Nine Inch Nails

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Project Tango: The Journey (Director’s Cut)

Project Tango: The Journey

Ever since Autofuss has been acquired by Google last year, we have been exposed to some truly amazing ideas and technologies – some of which we can, some we cannot talk about. Project Tango, an effort to teach mobile devices how to sense the world around them in 3D, has been probably the most impressive undertaking I had the pleasure to be introduced to.

My small, dedicated team at Autofuss has been working with Tango in the past several months, and The Journey is the most recent film we created about the project.

 

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WeAreData by BETC Paris & Ubisoft

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I can’t believe wearedata.watchdogs.com existed under my radar for over a year now, and today was the first time I’ve seen it. I am assuming there might be more people like me, so a short article and a bit of pimping is definitely in order!

Here’s a trailer. More after the break.

 

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QHQ ÜberNumber (Tutorial + Preset)

ÜberNumber (Tutorial + Preset)

Formatting text for dynamically generated numbers in After Effects just got a whole lot easier! In this episode I will introduce you to the uberNumber() function I designed combining numerous smaller expressions, to create an all-in-one number formatting tool.

Running time: 29min
Difficulty: Easy
Required tools: After Effects
Intro and Outro music: “Ghosts II” by Nine Inch Nails

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World Chat Clock

World Chat Clock

While browsing Reddit today I found this really cool productivity tool called World Chat Clock. It is a simple little web app that lets you easily co-ordinate international chats and calls.

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Rainy Window (Tutorial)

Rainy Window (Tutorial)

In this massive, 3-chapter tutorial you will learn how to create an After Effects scene with a realistic rain dripping down a window. In chapter 1 I explain the creation of the background plate – from a single photograph to an illusion of an alive city at night. In chapter 2 I walk you though the creation of rain simulation using Trapcode Particular. The final, 3rd chapter focuses on compositing these elements together to create the final look.

Running time: 103min (in three chapters: 35, 33 and 45min long)
Difficulty: Medium
Required tools: After Effects, Trapcode Particular
Recommended tools: Trapcode Shine
Intro and Outro music: “Ghosts II” by Nine Inch Nails

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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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