(Mandelbulber) Viral Gardens--"A Minor Pop 4th"--3D Fractals & Music

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« on: December 27, 2018, 11:07:27 PM »
Viral Gardens, and a song I wrote on the 4th of July called "A Minor Pop 4th."

Jos-Leys Kleinian + Modulus Mandelbulb.


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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 10:56:36 AM »
As always a joy to watch and listen to, Steve!  :clapping:

Did you do anything special to manipulate the sphere to change its form or has it to do with 'nearness' to the fractal objects?
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 12:02:04 PM »
Agree with Sabine, Stephen is probably the master of the genre. The sphere which is highly reflective at times, appears as a function of the fractal and yet it's separate but follows the camera. Is it a lighting effect? I don't know. I think Stephen changes the material during the render a number of times. He will change the powers of the fractal during a render also.
I found I could paste the first keyframe of a settings file into the last keyframe of the settings file and it worked, (if you number it correctly) That forces the fractal to end at the beginning. I suspect Stephen already knows that.   ;D

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 01:08:08 PM »
Agree with Sabine, Stephen is probably the master of the genre. The sphere which is highly reflective at times, appears as a function of the fractal and yet it's separate but follows the camera. Is it a lighting effect? I don't know. I think Stephen changes the material during the render a number of times. He will change the powers of the fractal during a render also.
I found I could paste the first keyframe of a settings file into the last keyframe of the settings file and it worked, (if you number it correctly) That forces the fractal to end at the beginning. I suspect Stephen already knows that.   ;D
As always a joy to watch and listen to, Steve!  :clapping:

Did you do anything special to manipulate the sphere to change its form or has it to do with 'nearness' to the fractal objects?

Thanks so much for the comments and interest! I love that you guys like these and I love to talk process and am happy to answer questions.

First: I'm using a trick Graeme/Carbuncle Grim taught me, and I'm posting the camera coordinates of the next keyframe into the primitive sphere coordinates of the keyframe previous. So I take keyframe 2 camera coords and paste them into the sphere location on keyframe 1. Then do that for the next 43 keyframes, and adjust the size of the sphere so that we aren't right on top of it. In a couple of places, I had to manually place the sphere, either because of a tight turn or because I wanted to put it away from us and speed up toward it. This is actually the very first video I've attempted the manually swapping coords between camera and primitive object. I'd say it works awesomely, and I'll definitely try that again. It makes us follow the sphere through the scene, with it reflecting off the sphere to show us even more awesomeness of the scene around us.

Then I made 3 versions of the animation, using the same keyframes but turning off the Fresnel's Reflections of the mirror ball, so that it becomes a default white, reflective pearl, instead of a mirrorball. Then I lay all three video tracks on top of each other, and use a strobe light plugin (with the layer switched to transparent instead of blinding white, which is a feature of the strobe plugin in Adobe Premiere Pro) that cycles every 2 seconds and "flashes" every one, and then another strobe layer in the middle at twice the speed, so the combined effect is one second showing the top layer, a half second showing the middle layer, and a half second for the bottom layer.

Then I slid the top layer over so that the cycle still had the same periodicity (meaning, it all still happens within 2 seconds) but the exact timing is syncopated off the main beat. And the music is in 120 BPM, so the switching between layers happens on every measure, and thus the music and video sync up, even if they were created separately. I sometimes use the audio syncing feature of Mandelbulber to directly tie the music and video together, but didn't in this case.

And here's why the ball changes shape: it's because the entire video is changing shape! I'm using Adobe's Turbulent Displacement at half strength on top of the whole entire video, causing everything to morph and wave slightly, and the whole thing to look like it's underwater. This is also the first or maybe second time I've used this effect, and I shall definitely be overusing it for a bit until it gets added properly to the fractal engineer tool chest.

So you guys pretty much had it figured out. I'm pasting coordinates of the camera into the sphere (for the 1st time!), and I'm alternating with the materials of the scene. The Turbulent Displacement is a new thing as well. Lots to level up here on in my own processes for making 3D Fractal Animation Music Videos.

Thanks again for the comments and the questions! Happy to share, and Happy Fractals!

Steve  Sink
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 02:41:47 PM »
@Tas_mania, seems you were pretty close with the sphere-workflow ;)

@Steve, wow the amount of work you put into your animations is even bigger than I already anticipated!
Thank you very much for the workflow, telling the sphere where it ought to be (just ahead of the fractal) this way is so clever! And can be done in Fragmentarium too... I think ;) Mclarekin always has the most amazing tips!

The reason I asked about the sphere is because in MB3D primitives like spheres have a different DE than escape-time fractals (at least I think it is safe to put it that way, I have no clue about the (DE-)internals of MB3D), and when placed close to the fractal they will sort of melt towards the fractal (or the other way round). I was wondering if something like that was happening here.

Thanks so much for explaining, knowing about your workflow makes me admire your videos even more! :thumbs:


Happy Fractals to you both ;)  :)

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2019, 10:34:07 AM »
Thanks for the detailed explanation of the moving spheres Stephen. Very cool outcome. ATM the placement and positioning of the sphere is a bit beyond me. I'm working in a Linux environment so would probably not use  Premiere Pro. Good thing we have a diverse creative environment so thanks to Buddhi and the crew for making it possible.I hope you make more amazing art in 2019 :)