Fractal animation

I've been playing with mandelbulber, a GPL 3D fractal renderer that runs on Linux and Windows. Among other things, it can make animations. I haven't had this much fun since I first discovered fractint in the early 1990s.

The animation is an IFS-type fractal modified by the spherical folding mode. It explores the "alpha", "beta" and "gamma" rotations under General IFS Parameters, ultimately returning to the initial configuration. (too bad I can't figure out how to make the player loop the clip!)

Check it out:

I converted the png output frames to x264 flv using ffmpeg, and play it in the browser using flowplayer, also GPL software. Too bad you'll be stuck using the non-Libre flash plugin to view it. :-/

I'm also experimenting with serving files from amazon s3 instead of from dreamhost. dreamhost advantage: no bandwidth charges/limits. s3 advantage: speed.

Entry first conceived on 18 April 2011, 15:42 UTC, last modified on 15 January 2012, 3:46 UTC
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