As you may already be aware if you follow the DYMT:R thread
, I've been playing around with fractals again.
The latest geeky diversion is figuring out how to create animated fractal zoom videos. You can check out the first attempt here: http://youtu.be/ceeW4nIw0D4
It's a 90-second "deep zoom" (12 orders of magnitude) into the Mandelbrot set
at (-7.540838721493303e-01 + 4.981851110224700e-02i). To give some sense of scale, this is roughly equivalent (plus or minus an order of magnitude) to magnifying an individual atom to the size of your screen.
The video is rather low-res (only 480p), and has some aliasing/noise effects and video compression artifacts (grumble, grumble), but I think it shows promise.
Everything was done using home grown fractal rendering software (written in Python and C), and Open Source video encoding tools, running on Ubuntu Linux.
I may need to re-purpose some spare PC hardware into a fractal rendering farm so I can do this stuff in high-def. I've got a couple of Phenom II 1090Ts and an X4 980 that I could press into service; with my main desktop's FX-8320 in the mix that's 24 reasonably capable cores I should be able to throw at this. I think that should get the render times down to something tolerable.
So... any other math/fractal/graphics geeks out there who are into this stuff?
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