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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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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 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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Bowerbirds: October

Bowerbirds: October

This month’s meditative, repeating and almost zen-like song called for something slower and relaxing. Paint drying and grass growing felt too cliche, so we settled on having a mountain range erect over the course of the song. This was also the first Bowerbirds clip where I decided to take my hands off the keyboard and let my very talented team do some work.

 

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Bowerbirds: September

Bowerbirds: September

This is the very last Bowerbirds video I will be doing myself. While we still have a few more to go, they will be created and animated by the very talented members of my team as opposed to my 100% hands-on approach I cultivated so far.

While nobody seems to want to play my little game, I still feel obligated to ask: Can you guess what did we film and used as the transition mattes for this video?

 

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Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 4)

Everything Tastes Better in Slow Motion (part 4)

High speed camera and several gallons of olive oil is a gift that just keeps on giving. Here is part 4 of our project for Olivari.

While nobody seems to be terribly interested in engaging in comments, I still feel obligated to pose the question: Can you identify what was used to create these shots?

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Chromatic Aberration: Tutorial & Preset Teaser

Chromatic Aberration: Tutorial & Preset Teaser

QubaHQ Tutorials have been on an extended hiatus for a while now. Unfortunately, while I have a number of cool new tools ready to go, I am currently not able to record and edit any new tutorial videos, so you will have to wait some more for that. Meanwhile, here is a result of me messing around with After Effects and testing my new Chromatic Aberration rig.

 

Once I get the chance, the rig will be published and distributed for free on this site. …and it is finally done! Check it at

  

Bowerbirds: August

Bowerbirds: August

Fireflies in an early evening…. It’s probably no surprise that this video was vastly inspired by amazing photography of Yume Cyan. We combined simulated particle fireflies created with custom aperture sprites with a footage of the forrest and then revealed it with the mattes shot specifically for this project (as usual).

There is also a small easter egg for the fans of “The Last of Us”…

 

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Bowerbirds: July

Bowerbirds: July

For the July Bowerbirds clip, I decided to try something new. I created a realistic model of the Moon, based on the elevation maps gathered by NASA and animated the illumination phases as the light (the Sun) traveled around in. Having been recently turned onto the Mystery Science Theater 3000 by Conor, I then stylized it to look and feel like a stop motion project from the early days of Sci-Fi. (Yes, Stop Motion Kit was helpful). A bit of chromatic aberration didn’t hurt, either.

Conor then took over the project, introducing a bunch of cool light leaks, better camera animation and other tweaks to make the whole thing feel nice and contemporary. Final result: below.

 

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