Neochroma Launches Surreal 3D Stereo Video Gallery Online

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Todays powerful computers and recently improved software let artists render fractal art as a stereoscoic 3D video. Those fractals may appear like works of fantasy, but in fact they exist as mathematical objects. On the Neochroma web site, a gallery with such stereoscopic video clips is launched today.

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A normal desktop PC can act as a stereo camera into mathematical space and show a beautiful world that exists alongside our own. The objects that you can see there follow the geometry of nature, and the human brain recognizes some of the patterns it sees. At the same time, these objects - called fractal flames - are abstract and do not directly match anything we know from the material world.

Since the release of a free and Open Source software called Apophysis in a 3D-capable version, flames can be rendered as a stereoscopic video. The camera can be moved freely around and into the flame, which seems to become alive while some of its parameters are updated over time.

The Neochroma gallery was started by Patrick Amaru in 2009 and has now opened on the web - not just to share the clips, but to inspire those who want to create their own stereo flame videos.

On Neochroma.com plenty of references to tutorials, software, mathematical background and other galleries are listed. The linked resources introduce interested viewers to the art and science of creating and rendering flames.

Creating a fractal is an intuitive process that does not require a background in mathematics to get started. Instead, fast feedback motivates exploration and results in stunning images that evolve through further exploration and refinement. With practice comes a better understanding of the process and more artistic control.

The short clips seen in the Neochroma Gallery can be downloaded or streamed for free; large prints of the pictures are available for purchase. Pictures and clips can be embedded and shown on other websites for free, if a back link is provided to Neochroma.com. TV professionals can download short 2D, 1920x1080x24p clips for free if they get in touch via the contact page.

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