Preset+Tutorial: Floaties


In this tutorial I will demonstrate the use of a new free preset from QubaHQ.com - Floaties. Floaties is a text animator based fake particle simulator allowing you to create floating specs of dust, glitters, bokeh-style out of focus abstract backgrounds and other visual elements.

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New tutorials coming, no more project files


Hello everyone! Just another update on the state of things regarding new QubaHQ tutorials. As you can guess I have good news and bad news for you (and double good news for myself). Let's start with the good ones.

New tutorials are on the way. This weekend I am planning to release a new text animator based preset, once again using After Effects' built-in tools in an unexpected way. Originally I planned to release this preset as a part of larger, paid content, but after careful deliberation decided to throw you all another cool freebie. Follow my twitter for the updates on recording and release. Hopefully this time Camtasia will behave better than on the last recording session.

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QubaHQ Tube


If you are a frequent QubaHQ visitor, you are probably already familiar with the Vimeo channel containing all the tutorials from this site. I have been using Vimeo as my primary video host for two reasons: first being their great video encoding quality, and the second - the fact that I was not allowed to upload content longer than 15 minutes to YouTube.

Today I realized that my account has actually been approved for longer uploads for quite some time, and I am currently in the process of uploading all of the tutorials to my channel. Vimeo will still remain my primary host, but with the content available on both of these major video sites, you now have an option of where and how you want to watch my tutorials... and I have a chance of reaching a wider audience.

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Cinemagraph: Remember ZX


Not too long ago, these were referred to as simply "cool animated gifs". These days they go by much more artsy name of Cinemagraphs. In the picture: A ZX Spectrum microcomputer, an Italian analogue sound mixer and a National TV set. Only TV still works.

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Bici Bee #150: Watermelon


It's Summer, season for watermelons, cherries and all that good stuff. Why not release a new Bici comic?

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Preset+Tutorial: Stop Motion Kit


In this tutorial I will show you how to quickly simulate stop motion aesthetic using my After Effects Stop Motion Kit. This collection of presets will allow you to easily add subtle imperfections to the movement of objects in your scene, emulating animator errors that are a staple of stop motion animation. Using 6 different expression sets, you will be able to apply and control glitches in movement, rotation and timing of your objects as well as simulate changes in camera position and exposure.

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Reel 2011


Here is my personal reel for June 2011, featuring pieces I have directed, edited, animated and designed in the recent years.

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Macula Lutea


Macula Lutea started as a happy accident - I've been working on one of the projects and wrote a small script to control the movement of the lens flare. Due to the calculation error (my bad) the light source ended up in completely wrong spot, resulting in highly exaggerated flare on the screen. Rather than discard the mistake, I decided to pursue intentionally misusing flares and discovered an entire world of cool abstract imagery that can be created in this style.

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Liquid Lifeforms


Liquid Lifeforms is a short experiment in Cinema 4D softbody dynamics. Visuals were inspired and edited to the audio track Beazt, created by disconnectuser.

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Sun Ich: Purely Fruit


This project was my first venture into the world of slow motion demo shots, and a pretty successful one, if I may judge it myself. It's been shot over the course of 24hrs on Phantom HD and edited in my standard After Effects environment.

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Tim Minchin: Storm


Over a year ago I posted a trailer for a fantastic animated short entitled Storm. The film was to be written and performed by Tim Minchin and directed by DC Turner and scheduled for release in 2010. They year has gone and passed and I assumed the film was cancelled. Apparently I haven't followed it closely enough. The film was released in festivals in 2010 - and in April 2011 it premiered on YouTube.

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Portal 2: Just the beginning?


The game is launched, single player and co-op campaigns are played through... I believe not. In this article I am going to speculate on what I believe is yet to come. Please, keep in mind that I am writing it assuming you have finished the game and therefore all matter of spoilers are to be found in the following paragraphs. If you haven't played Portal 2 yet, do yourself a favor and do it first. If you don't mind, however, hear out what I think is coming soon.

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