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Author Topic: My first zoom movie  (Read 1034 times)
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« on: May 12, 2013, 06:05:16 PM »

Hi folks.

This was my first zoom movie, made with Fractal eXtreme. Any comments welcome! I realize it is not particularly deep, but I liked the patterns. Also my current computer is quite old and I don't have the hardware for much deeper zooms at the moment, although that should hopefully change soon.

I've been playing around with different color schemes but haven't been able to find anything better than this black => red => yellow => white => black scheme. Any good ideas on that?

Also, where could I find a suitable (free) codec? This one was done with Viddler, but it resulted in a warning from youtube that "the movie was detected to be shaky".

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/1jxeyHvq-v0&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/1jxeyHvq-v0&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 06:29:34 PM »

it resulted in a warning from youtube that "the movie was detected to be shaky"
Youtube gives that warning all the time. It has nothing do to with the quality of your video, codec or anything else.

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 03:17:26 AM »

I use x264 codec available from x264.nl, its a freeware version of h264.
Has great compression ratios, giving half to a third the size of the XVID (h263) code I ws using before.
And I always get the shaky video warning, YouTube gave me a preview of the 'corrected' version once.
Looks like it was trying to extract a static area of the video.
Makes sense if most videos are talking heads against a static background, a constantly moving background would be a symptom of a shaky video.

I have dozens of fractal extreme palettes uploaded into zip files on my mediafire account.
Fxpalettes.zip  15/05/2011
NewPalettes.zip  08/12/2011
Palettes2-2012.zip  04/02/2012
Palettes03.zip uploaded just now 13/05/2013

Theres also this FXutils.zip which has two command line programs to help with palettes.
FXpallist lists the palette entries as text, I import the text into spreadsheets to manipulate then.
PXpalload creates a palette file from a text file.
This may seem somehat cumbersome but using a text file allows you to specify the exact RGB values which can sometimes be difficult with the mouse.
With a spreadsheet I've synthisized all of the available 228 colour indexes, then sorted them in various ways.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 09:18:40 AM »

Thanks a lot, Panzerboy.

I uploaded x264 and several similar codecs, but they don't appear in the list when saving the movie with the Fractal Extreme movie player. Do I need to do something extra to install them?
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