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« on: July 09, 2011, 08:06:26 AM »

I've posted the first in a series of Mandelbulb 3D video tutorials. They are casual screencasts where I show how I use M3D to great images and animations. Not too technical and aimed at beginners or those who are intimidated by all the options, buttons, and sliders. I will try and pass on some tips and tricks for more advanced users in the later episodes.

Feedback would be appreciated - comments, suggestions, ideas, or tips to include in future installments.

Part 1 is a quick 10 minute overview and explanation of basic functions.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ClrPgjIS5pg&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/ClrPgjIS5pg&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>

Part 2 is about the basic workflow. I load a preset, change a few params, move around the 3D space, and produce a detailed render.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/VZFXL1OjYiA&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/VZFXL1OjYiA&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>

Part 3  covers most of the color options
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/igE0NShMoQU&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/igE0NShMoQU&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>

Part 4 covers lighting
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/sq7sI9FOCoU&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/sq7sI9FOCoU&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>

Part 5 basic animation
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/R541WIqM9oI&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/R541WIqM9oI&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>

Part 6 Voxel Stack to 3D mesh
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Kpu-DZs9HXU&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Kpu-DZs9HXU&rel=1&fs=1&hd=1</a>
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2011, 07:31:23 PM »

Hi Don,
Cant believe im the first person watching your youtube video right now...im a beginner and im sure your video will help me a lot..on behalf of the world, thanks a lot for this precious gift of yours!!

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 04:29:45 AM »

Thanks caukgiler. I hope these give you a headstart while fiddling with M3D. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Should have the next episode posted tomorrow.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011, 06:25:29 AM »

Nice smiley ... Don't mind if I steal some of your stuff for my blog tutorial do ya? grin

My problem right now is time. I see it hasn't changed much since my teenage IRC and MUD-playing days - real life is still annoying as hell sometimes. Except now I have much more serious issues to deal with!. Anyway, off-topic!

Thanks for posting these. I won't copy anything directly, will rather learn from them and then do my own interpretations smiley

Please let me know what you think of my Tutorial so far. I've got as far as formulas. Still so much to explore!
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011, 06:50:33 AM »

JodyVL: Please do use any info that you think is worth sharing. I'll def. take a look at your tutorial and give it a mention in my next vid. Always good to have multiple sources of help. smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011, 10:12:41 PM »

Thanks Don A Beer Cup... I forgot to give you a link: http://mandelubber.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html

I've certainly already learnt a thing or two from you... Need to go do some modifications now smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2011, 09:38:17 AM »

Thank You very much, Don Whitaker! Looking forward impatiently to watching further tutorials!
With kindest regards,
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2011, 11:26:32 PM »

*** Update ***

Jesse has added a new feature to M3D that allows for a much cleaner and easier creation of 3D meshes. Check out this thread:  http://www.fractalforums.com/mandelbulb-3d/voxel-image-stack-and-then-what/

This method will still work, but I would suggest trying the Voxel Stacks first. They rock!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpu-DZs9HXU


I've posted a video tutorial showing how to mash up a couple of free tools and create textured, 3D meshes from Mandelbulb 3D images.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfdargqyglc

The basic trick is to use an app from Autodesk called Photofly Autodesk 123D Catch. It takes properly prepared photos and turns them into 3D mesh data - does a pretty darn good job too. But using stuff how it was meant to be used is no fun, so were gonna take pictures of things that don't exist. smiley I also show how to use MeshLab to clean up the generated mesh so it'll play nice with your 3D apps.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2011, 03:33:04 AM »

Great! 3D fractal meshes at last! Well done! Thanks Don! Will give it a try!
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2011, 06:33:11 AM »

Cool, Power 8, love to see what you come up with.

I've posted another short video that shows a few examples of the meshes I've come up with using this method.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxCLT5-GHHI
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2011, 01:07:21 PM »

Didn't see the vid but surely this will interest hordes of people; set as sticky! cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2011, 03:39:32 PM »

Sounds too good to be true... Hope it is not too much "rocket science"...  afro
Thank you for the info Don!
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2011, 06:12:15 PM »

I just tried it out and it works quite well, thanks for the tutorial grin
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2011, 01:44:55 AM »

Cool, BrutalToad, glad it worked for you.

It's certainly not perfect but it's definitely a fun way to create some interesting shapes. I've shifted directions on a small game I'm making - using some M3D generated terrains for alien landscapes.

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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2011, 05:56:04 PM »

This is great! I was wondering how to make 3d meshes of mandelbulb fractals because I want to try and make some 3D prints of some juliabulbs.
Thank you very much for the tutorial!
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