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- Ken Meyering
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For some reason involving the way our mind, consciousness, color perceptors, visual pattern recognition systems and visual motion predictors are connected to our emotions, the beautiful colors of these fractal flame images combined with the gently changing forms of a slowly rotating kaleidoscope is a soothing, calming, relaxing and pleasant experience.
These are soothing and calming kaleidoscope videos that I made to help people with PTSD. They are also useful for dealing with intense paranoia. A lot of cannabis, mushroom and LSD users watch this video if they start feeling paranoid and it guides them back to a pleasant reality and a more enjoyable trip. These videos are good for meditation and are used in some clinical settings for guided hypnosis.
This video also is soothing and mesmerizing for crying babies and children suffering from autism, as well as older adults who are suffering from advanced Alzheimer's.
I have versions of the kaleidoscope that turn faster and slower than version 1.3 shown above. Version 1.5 shown below is the slowest of them all and is the one that the advanced Alzheimer's patients prefer. The still photos of the fractal flames are being rotated in 360 degrees over 120 seconds, or half the speed of the second hand on a clock.
These spectacular videos are two full hours of crystal clear, colorful, detailed and ever-changing kaleidoscopes with modern, relaxing background music. Created for enjoyment on your PC or away from the computer on Media Players connected large HDTVs in home theaters.
Take a break from the noise and haste of daily life and play 120 minutes of calm, gorgeous, continuously changing kaleidoscopes made from rotating fractal flame images.
Give your eyes a bright and colorful reward while you relax and enjoy the ride as endless patterns and color combinations slowly rotate and evolve in a hypnotic, mesmerizing dance of light.
- Ken Meyering
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For the longest time I've wanted to make a KALEIDOSCOPE VIDEO to add to the mix of what's out there, but I just didn't know how to do it. My MATH and PROGRAMMING SKILLS are pretty elementary, so what might have been an easy task for many smarter or more experienced people was a very challenging one for me.
Slowly but surely, I learned the necessary SKILLS. One QUANTUM LEAP in my PROGRESS occurred when through some extensive Google searching I finally found a simple OPEN SOURCE Adobe Flash KALEIDOSCOPE EXAMPLE on Terence Tsang's Shine Draw INSTRUCTIONAL WEBSITE. That website has since been taken down over the years but there is a 2010 backup here on the archive.org Wayback Machine.
What had frustrated and confounded me for years took him 40 minutes to complete in Flash. After taking many programming classes at school, I was able to modify and expand his EXAMPLE CODE by adding several hundred lines of my own, until I had a working version suitable for video creation that I understood. That mostly involved finding lots of OPEN SOURCE CODE for manipulating files and processing images.
Flash is made for web use (for graphics on websites). I modified the Flash code to output graphical files so I could make a video animation for YouTube.
Flash is kind of on its way out on the internet, but many website developers are familiar with it and can still program in Flash.
Here is the example I used for my kaleidoscopes:
This contains the “engine” for making the kaleidoscopes. This can be modified to make web-based kaleidoscopes, which can be captured to make videos.
I hope this information is useful to you and that you can find the expertise to develop your own kaleidoscopes based on this information.
The beautiful fractals used in this video were based on original flame formula parameter sets created by other very talented artists and posted on the web as INSTRUCTIONAL EXAMPLES.
I created my own set of COLOR PALETTES and modified all of these sample formulas with my own choice of what I felt were soothing, uplifting and healing colors, then I rendered all the fractal flame images with my COLOR PALETTES in a CUDA-based hardware-accelerated flame renderer.
I am extremely grateful for the original artists' decision to share some of their parameters with the public and in these cases to permit modification and commercial reuse by others.
Many of these parameters were from Blatte's Fractal Resources. Many others were shared on the now inactive Fractal Repository website. There is an unsupported mirror of this site archived here on the archive.org Wayback Machine.
The hypnotic background music is written and performed by Bjorn Lynne. The soundtrack songs in the original videos are "A Journey Within" and "Endless Oceans." In the 4K videos, the soundtrack song is "Tranquil Landscapes."
Here is the image list for version 1.2. I rendered these Fractal Flame Formulas with my own XML COLOR PALETTES that I made with Adobe Photoshop and colorful stock images. Sometimes I'd extract a COLOR PALETTE from a single colorful image and other times I'd make a composite image featuring multiple colorful objects then extract an optimized 256 COLOR PALETTE from the composite image.
I ENCOURAGE FILE SHARING WITH CREDITS (PLEASE DO NOT RE-UPLOAD THESE VIDEOS TO YOUTUBE)
All of my videos are available for FREE in their entirety in highly compressed web streaming quality without overlayed ads on YouTube.
If you'd like a much higher bandwidth Master quality version for direct playback on a PC or Media Player, you can purchase download access to all of my fractal image-based Splendor of Color Kaleidoscope Videos in 30p Blu-ray quality (with some 4K extras as well) for $10 by clicking on the button below.
If you are mentally ill, a caregiver for someone who is, or a professional who deals with mental illness, you are encouraged to FREELY copy and share these videos with others who may benefit from them. I'm obviously not getting rich on my kaleidoscope videos and would just prefer that they bring joy to people.
Please keep the hdcolors.com URL in the video. Don't edit it out. I'm trying to attract visitors to this website for my PHILANTHROPIC and HUMANITARIAN ACTIVISM and to INTRODUCE new people to my online writing activities.
All of these KALEIDOSCOPE VIDEOS are available as FREE torrents that third parties have uploaded if you are into FILE SHARING. I have no problem with that.
If you are a musician or content creator who would like to reuse footage from these videos in your own works, I ask that you please contact me to obtain permission first. While I am ENCOURAGING the SHARING of these videos in their entirety (with the hdcolors.com or www.FreeWorldBank.org titles), I prefer to keep control over their reuse.
These are very large video files (22GB or 24GB), so to download these, you will probably only have success if you use a download manager, such as this one from Microsoft for PCs or this one for the Macintosh.