To create Google Portrait, a studio full of artifact-inducing hardware and software was patched together as an image processing system. Footage was fed through obsolete gear and prototype video synth modules, modified vision mixers and hacked TiVos, rescanned and down-rezzed to lofi SD glory in long sessions spread over many months; then, the analog passes were digitized, up-rezzed, shredded with filters and mashed up with each other, in sequences a hundred layers deep:
Hackintosh computer running Vidvox VDMX → ScanDo Pro scan converter → analog Eurorack modular Video Synth with Dave Jones prototypes → hacked Sony TiVo digital video delay → customized Panasonic WJ-MX50A video stitcher → Black magic Intensity capture card → souped-up MacBook Air running Adobe After Effects with Red Giant Trapcode and dozens of other filters → Adobe Media Encoder → artHash.
Director & editor: Gryphon Rue
Pixel painting & editor: Benton C Bainbridge
ASL consultant: Christopher Tester
Additional production: Esteban Vargas
Chorus: Ellie Nash, Aubree Niishay, RJ Van Brussel, Lucas Gomez, Teigen Horowitz