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« on: January 10, 2014, 08:28:49 PM »

First of all, of course, your software is amazing and deserves all kind of praise.

I'm a motion graphics and VFX animator and would love to use Mandelbulber in commercial production and for fine art, but the animation controls are still too unwieldy / unpredictable.
The most helpful feature you could add would be a true animation timeline!  Being able to scrub back-and-forth in time, seeing the exact location of the camera at a specific moment, making subtle tweaks to timing and flight path - these would all be very simple with an implementation like in the attached image.

Real timeline and keyframe data would also make it possible to integrate Mandelbulber into a larger production pipeline, so artists could do all kinds of integration with live footage or other CG graphics.  Imagine placing a castle or fortress deep inside a Mandelbox.  Or flying starships through the middle, or using it as a landscape in a music video!

I would happily donate to development for this feature, and share Mandelbulber with production studios here in LA.

Thanks again for making this great program!

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 09:17:53 PM »

This is precisely what I'm working on for Chaotica now smiley It's an astonishing amount of work, and I'm sure Jesse could do with donations to motivate it!

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 10:10:15 PM »

Your idea for a time-line editor is really great but...
Only donation which can help me is a free time, but you can't give me this. I would like to implement many features and more professional user interface in Mandelbulber, but the problem is that I'm doing this software almost alone. I can't resign from my regular work because I love it, so I have limited time for programming. Developing of this application is only my hobby which probably never will be commercialized. However it is a open source application. If anybody can do such a timeline editor, just tell me.

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2014, 02:02:48 PM »

Yeah, just to say that I attempted to implement something similar in a program I was writing a while back.

The program itself was vastly less complex than Mandelbulber, but I have to admit that I gave up trying to do what I was trying to do that way.

It very quickly became quite daunting.
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