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basic Mandelbulb Animation Tutorial by fraterchaos basic Mandelbulb Animation Tutorial by fraterchaos
My simple basic Mandelbulb animation tutorial...
NOTE:
I made a small error in the text... where it says "setting frames per second higher will make it slower" is actually wrong, higher settings will make it faster, lower settings will make it slower! Sorry about that!

as promised in the tut, here are some assembling program links...

animated gif makers:
[link]

animated png maker:
[link]

I don't have any links for Flash or Avi or other formats... you'll have to locate those on your own!

Hope this helps somebody!
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Darkestnightmare Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015   General Artist
How do all of the parameters for the entire animation get saved? I clicked on the floppy disk at the lower left of the animation window before I started rendering but does this update once everything is done or do you save another parameter file at the end to include the parameters for every single frame? Nobody ever really explains this part. I had started an animation late one night only to find out that in the middle of the night the computer decided to turn off and restart itself to install some stinking Windows updates. Fortunately I only lost about 35 frames and had to start over again. When I had rendered each keyframe I decided to keep a separate folder and save all of the individual parameters for each keyframe so fortunately I just had to open each parameter and pop in the images into the keyframes again. If I hadn't saved the parameters for the keyframes when I first composed the video to render I would have had to re-go through the fractal again making all new keyframes. If you know that you are going to have to stop the animation though, do you press stop then save another parameter file to save everything or pause and save a parameters file for all the frames finished at that time? It's bound to happen when you are making an animation that is going to take a very long time to render that you have to shut down for one reason or another. How do you stop and not lose all of the parameters? And how do you save all of the parameters for the entire animation? Do you click on the floppy disk at the lower left again and save another parameter file? Nobody ever really finishes explaining this part. I assume when you need to go into a video finishing program you need to have the parameters files for all of the frames, or do you just enter the jpegs of the frames? MY BRAIN HURTS. I just need a good explaination of how and when to save the parameters file for the finished animation and what to do in case you need to shut your computer off mid animating. Thank you profusely for any help you can offer. Nobody ever really explains this part of making an animation. Everyone seems to just take it for granted that you are going to know how all of the parameters are saved for the entire animation, but this is different than just doing one fractal so saving all of the parameters for everything is different too. Sincere thanks, and I hope I did not completely confuse you as to what I need to know. Sharon E. Thomas
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not entirely sure about that...

If you are on Facebook, try joining the Mandelbulb Maniacs group on Facebook and post the question there, as there are a number of very good and very experienced animators there...

If you are not on Facebook, try asking CPMacDonald (cpmacdonald.deviantart.com/) as he might know the answer or know somebody who does...


Sorry I could not be more help
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Darkestnightmare Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015   General Artist
Thank you so much for your time and the help you did give. I'll give it a try! Sharon
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hope you find an answer :)
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jost1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Great that you wrote this tut! :clap: Two things to mention: The number of subframes is too low in my opinion. I usually use between 20 and 100, that takes some time, but the PC can do the final render over night. And second, MB 3D can produce gifs itself in the render preview. Render every frame, no downscaling and set frames/sec to 25. Start preview, after it is finished, at the bottom appeares an AniGif button, that saves the preview as a gif. :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, when I made this tutorial I was on an older computer, and setting subframes much higher would have taken days to render.

I knew about the Gifs, and used that for making small previews for dA (since dA often refuses to post things without a preview image) never thought of using it with larger settings to make a final gif... I always used Animation Shop for large Gifs, and AVIs, and AminePNGMaker for PNGS, but whatever method a person likes is cool
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jost1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
I understand! I'm going to write a journal about MB animation tutorials and link yours.
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool, I'll be looking for it, I'm always interested to learn more!
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Lion6255 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much Charles for taking the time to spell this all out for us... I have tried several times but I thougt I better look for a Tut first this time......:)     
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome, hope it helps :)
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Lion6255 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does >>>>Hug 
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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peinturealuile Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing:D:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome :)
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peinturealuile Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:sun:
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basantis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you Charles!
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome dear :)
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timemit Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool, thanks Charles
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome, thank you!
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baba49 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this looks like a fantastic tut! I have opened Mandelbulb for the first time a month ago but didn't find an undo button and got frustrated quickly but perhaps I pull myself together for another try after the x-mas show.
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, the undo button looks like a little semi-circular arrow! But it doesn't ALWAYS do what you might expect, basically it tends to go back to the last time you rendered the fractal. So you might render a small version, change a few things, then make one change too many, and click the undo, thinking to undo the last change, but because you didn't actually render between two of the changes, it won't know to go back to that point, and will go all the way back to the last time you did render... But since they've added the parameter sliders to the Navi windows, you seldom have to do small preview renders to see what your changes will look like, at least in general, the Navi is (usually but not always) a fair representation of what things will look like in nearly real time.

If you get very lost :iconhaltenny: has great beginner's tutorials for MB3D
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stebev Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Nice and clear tut Charles, I'll give this a go at some point while I'm off over xmas. Thanks a lot :dance:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome, and I do hope it helps!

and thanks!
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
vey nice tut...
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you my friend :)
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
most welcome :)
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Andrea1981G Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very good tutorial, good work!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks Andrea :)
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Andrea1981G Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're always very welcome :)
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LaxmiJayaraj Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one, Charles!!!:clap:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you dear :)
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JahPickney Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good tutorial, Charles :thumbsup: What I really need help with is reflections, though :confused:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, you and me both! I have had a little luck with reflections, but almost none with transparency...

one way to do reflections that doesn't actually involve the reflections settings is Light Maps... if you apply a light map to something and adjust the other lights properly, it can appear as a reflection of the image of the map on the fractal.
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JahPickney Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure!
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Trenton-Shuck Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing this, Charles!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite welcome, I hope it helps people!
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Trenton-Shuck Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure it will! It's really good and explanatory. :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would have liked to include more pictures... but I was making it late late last night when i should have been in bed!
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Trenton-Shuck Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe well I think it will be fine. :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, I can always do an advanced tut later :)
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DsyneGrafix Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Thanks for submitting it ti Xtreme Fractals too!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite welcome my friend!
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FractalBee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Fantastic! I'm gonna download and fav! :clap: :iconxmasballs01plz::iconxmasballs02plz:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great! and thanks!
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FractalBee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
You're most welcome! :iconchristmasschwanckplz:
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Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this fraterchaos, quite informative :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you... there are a couple minor errors, the place where it says "higher numbers for frames per second will make it slower" is actually backward... higher numbers will make it faster!
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Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
ok, ty noted :)
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