A new variation on Mandelbrot Fractals.
The Mandelbrot Foam formula was from this forum post.
Shaders to create these fractals are now included in the Custom Formula Editor mode of Visions of Chaos.
Hybrid fractals occur when you alternate between fractal formulas during the inside iteration loop of generating a fractal. The idea came from posts on the old Fractal Forums site.
For example, rather than the usual Mandelbrot Fractal iteration, you can modify the inside loop to alternate between the Mandelbrot, then the Burning Ship, then the Mandelbrot, and the Mandelbrot again. You then repeat the sequence for as many iterations as that pixel needs.
This gives a result like the following
I have also used the same hybrid technique for 3D Mandelbulb Fractals as shown here.
When creating a zoom movie script you can change and set a color palette for every key frame. While Visions of Chaos generates the movie frames the colors of the palettes will smoothly fade from one palette to the next.
Here is a quick sample movie showing the results. A different color palette was specified for the key frames every 2 seconds.
Today marks 10 years since I started my YouTube channel.
Back then a video with a resolution of 240p (426×240 pixels) like the following was considered OK.
These days I can upload a 4K video (nine times the vertical and horizontal resolution of that 240p video) and once YouTube puts it through their internal conversion routines it will usually come out looking excellent.
The basic Mandelbrot Fractal formula is z=z^2+c. The Burning Ship Fractal formula is z=abs(z)^2+c.
The following image is the standard power 2 Burning Ship Fractal rendered using CPM smooth coloring.
Zooming in to the right antenna part of the fractal shows why it was named the Burning Ship.
The next 3 images change the exponent 2 in z=abs(z)^2+c to 3, 4 and 5.
The same power 2 through power 5 Burning Ships but this time using Triangle Inequality Average (TIA) coloring
The next 4K resolution movie shows a series of zooms into Burning Ship Fractals between power 2 and power 5 colored using CPM coloring
and finally another 4K movie showing more Burning Ship zooms colored using TIA coloring
All of the above images and movies were created with Visions of Chaos.
Ian McDonald came up with a new novel way to render Mandelbrot (actually Julia) Set fractals.
The usual Mandelbrot fomula is
Taking the z*z+c part, replace the z’s with (z*z+c) and replace the c’s with (c*c+z)
After one level of replacement you get
Level 2 is
(((z*z+c)*(z*z+c)+(c*c+z)) * ((z*z+c)*(z*z+c)+(c*c+z)) + ((c*c+z)*(c*c+z)+(z*z+c)))
and Level 3 is
Then you use the level 3 formula and render it as a Julia Set.
Complex C (-0.2,0.0)
Complex C (-0.14 0.0)
Complex C (-0.141 0.0)
The following movie shows the complex C changing slowly from 0 to -0.2 and three zooms into Meta-Mandelbrots. Unfortunately because these are Julia sets the shapes deeper in are virtually identical to the original fractal. You don’t get those totally different looking areas as you do with Mandelbrot fractals.
For more information see the original Fractal Forums post here.
The GLSL shader to generate these fractals is now included with Visions of Chaos.
In the video game industry older games get remastered all the time. Hardware power improves so older games are adapted to have better graphics and sound etc. So for a nostalgic trip into history (at least for me) it was time for some Visions of Chaos movie remasters.
After recently adding the new Custom Formula Editor into Visions of Chaos I decided to go back and re-render some sample Mandelbrot movies at 4K 60fps. Most of these Mandelbrot movie scripts go back to the earliest days of Visions of Chaos even before I first released it on the Internet. The only changes made have been to add more sub frames so they render more smoothly and last longer.
Thanks to the new formula editor using OpenGL shading language and a recent NVidia GPU all the movie parts rendered overnight. Every frame was 2×2 supsampled so the equivalent of rendering an image 4 times as large and then downsampling to increase the quality. The original movie was a 46 GB XVID encoded AVI before YouTube put it through all of its internal recoding steps.
One of the features I have wanted to implement since the earliest versions of Visions of Chaos has been a formula editor and compiler so users can experiment with their own fractal formulas. This has also been requested many times from various users over the years. Now it is finally possible.
Rather than write my own formula parser and compiler I am using the OpenGL Shading Language. GLSL gvies faster results than any compiler I could code by hand and has an existing well documented syntax. The editor is a full color syntax editor with error highlighting.
As long as your graphics card GPU and drivers support OpenGL v4 and above you are good to go. Make sure that you have your video card drivers up to date. Old drivers can lead to poor performance and/or lack of support for new OpenGL features. In the past I have had outdated drivers produce corrupted display outputs and even hang the PC running GLSL shader code. Always make sure your video drivers are up to date.
For an HD image (1920×1080 resolution) a Mandelbrot fractal zoomed in at 19,000,000,000 x magnification took 36 seconds on CPU (Intel i7-4770) vs 6 seconds on GPU (GTX 750 Ti). A 4K Mandelbrot image (3840×2160 resolution) at 12,000,000,000 x magnification took 2 minutes and 3 seconds on CPU (Intel i7-6800) and 2.5 seconds on GPU (GTX 1080). The ability to quickly render 8K res images for dual monitor 4K displays in seconds is really nice. Zooming into a Mandelbrot with minimal delays for image redraws really increases the fluidity of exploration.
So far I have included the following fractal formulas with the new Visions of Chaos. All of these sample images can be clicked to open full 4K resolution images.
Buffalo Fractal Power 2
Buffalo Fractal Power 3
Buffalo Fractal Power 4
Buffalo Fractal Power 5
Burning Ship Fractal Power 2
Burning Ship Fractal Power 3
Burning Ship Fractal Power 4
Burning Ship Fractal Power 5
Celtic Buffalo Fractal Power 4 Mandelbar
Celtic Buffalo Fractal Power 5 Mandelbar
Celtic Burning Ship Fractal Power 4
Celtic Mandelbar Fractal Power 2
Celtic Mandelbrot Fractal Power 2
Celtic Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 2
Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 2
Mandelbar (Tricorn) Fractal Power 2
Mandelbar Fractal Power 3
Mandelbar Fractal Power 3 Diagonal
Mandelbar Fractal Power 4
Mandelbar Fractal Power 5 Horizontal
Mandelbar Fractal Power 5 Vertical
Mandelbrot Fractal Power 2
Mandelbrot Fractal Power 3
Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4
Mandelbrot Fractal Power 5
Partial Buffalo Fractal Power 3 Imaginary
Partial Buffalo Fractal Power 3 Real Celtic
Partial Buffalo Fractal Power 4 Imaginary
Partial Burning Ship Fractal Power 3 Imageinary
Partial Burning Ship Fractal Power 3 Real
Partial Burning Ship Fractal Power 4 Imageinary
Partial Burning Ship Fractal Power 4 Real
Partial Burning Ship Fractal Power 5
Partial Burning Ship Fractal Power 5 Mandelbar
Partial Celtic Buffalo Fractal Power 4 Real
Partial Celtic Buffalo Fractal Power 5
Partial Celtic Burning Ship Fractal Power 4 Imaginary
Partial Celtic Burning Ship Fractal Power 4 Real
Partial Celtic Burning Ship Fractal Power 4 Real Mandelbar
Perpendicular Buffalo Fractal Power 2
Perpendicular Burning Ship Fractal Power 2
Perpendicular Celtic Mandelbar Fractal Power 2
Perpendicular Mandelbrot Fractal Power 2
Quasi Burning Ship Fractal Power 3
Quasi Burning Ship Fractal Power 5 Hybrid
Quasi Celtic Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 Real
Quasi Celtic Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 False
Quasi Celtic Perpendicular Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 False
Quasi Celtic Perpendicular Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 Real
Quasi Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 3
Quasi Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 Real
Quasi Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 False
Quasi Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 5
Quasi Perpendicular Burning Ship Fractal Power 3
Quasi Perpendicular Burning Ship Fractal Power 4 Real
Quasi Perpendicular Celtic Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 Imaginary
Quasi Perpendicular Heart Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 Imaginary
Quasi Perpendicular Mandelbrot Fractal Power 4 False
Quasi Perpendicular Mandelbrot Fractal Power 5
A lot of the above formulas came from these summaries stardust4ever created.
All of these new custom fractals are fully zoomable to the limit of double precision floating point variables (around 1,000,000,000,000 magnification in Visions of Chaos). The formula compiler is fully supported for movie scripts so you can make your own movies zooming into these new fractals.
This next sample movie is 4K resolution at 60 fps. Each pixel was supersampled as the average of 4 subpixels. This took only a few hours to render. The resulting Xvid AVI was 30 GB before uploading to YouTube.
So, if you have been waiting to program your own fractal formulas in Visions of Chaos you now can. I look forward to seeing the custom fractal formulas Visions of Chaos users create. If you do not understand the OpenGL shading language you can still have fun with all the default sample fractal formulas above without doing any coding.
It took a lot longer than I wanted, but the new Visions Of Chaos for Android v1.0 is now available for download. It is 100% free and ad free.
The main new feature is support for running OpenGL ES shaders on your Android device. There are over 1000 sample shaders included with the app.
I have been working on a new Android version of Visions Of Chaos and it has reached a stage I am happy to release the first early version.
Click here for further info and download instructions.