Once again I have delved into simulating video feedback.

Here is a 4K resolution 60 fps movie with some samples of what the new simulations can do.

This third attempt is fairly close to second version but with a few changes I will explain here.

The main change is being able to order the effects. This was the idea that got me programming version 3. A shuffle button is also provided that randomly orders the effects. Allowing the effect order to be customised gives a lot of new results compared to the first 2 video feedback simulation modes.

Since the above screenshot, the settings have continued to grow.

Here are some explanations for the various effects.

__HSL Flow__

Takes a pixel’s RGB values, converts them into HSL values and then uses the HSL values in formulas to select a new pixel color. For example if the pixel is red RGB(255,0,0), then this converts to HSL(0,1,0.5) assuming all HSL values range from 0 to 1. The length formula above is H*360 and the length formula is s*5. So in this case the new pixel value read would be 5 pixels away at the angle 0 degrees. Changing these formulas allows the image to “flow” depending on the colors.

__Sharpen__

Sharpens the image by blurring the image twice using different algorithms (in my case I use a QuickBlur (Box Blur) and a weighted convolution kernel). The second blur value is subtracted from the first and then using the following formula the target pixel value is found. newr=trunc(r1+amount*(r1-r2))

__Blur__

Uses a standard gaussian blur.

__Blend__

Combines the last “frame” and the current frame. Various blend options change how the layers are combined.

__Contrast__

Standard image contrast setting. Can also be set for negative contrasts. Uses the following formula for each of the RGB values r=r+trunc((r-128)*amount/100)

__Brightness__

Standard brightness. Increases or decreases the pixel color RGB values.

__Noise__

Adds a random value to each pixel. Adding a bit of noise can help stop a simulation dying out to a single color.

__Rotate__

Guess what this does?

__Histogram__

Uses a histogram of the image to auto-brightness. Can help the image from getting too dark or too light.

__Stretch__

Zooms the image. Various options determine the algorithm used to zoom the image.

__Image Processing__

Allows the various image processing functions in Visions of Chaos to be injected into the mix for even more variety.

As always, you can experiment with the new VF3 mode in the latest version of Visions of Chaos.

I would be interested in seeing any unique results you come up with.

For the next version 4 simulation I would like to chain various GLSL shaders together that make the blends, blurs etc. That will allow the user to fully customise the simulation and insert new effects that I did not even consider. Also GLSL for speed. Rendering the above movie frames took days at 4K resolution.

Jason.