Mandelbulb 3D Tutorial - part 1 - Overview

Uploaded by kitchendon on 08.07.2011

hi this is don and today I'm going to give you an overview of mandelbulb 3D
It's a free
program that lets you explore
3D fractal spaces
and create amazing detailed and
other worldly images
and even animations
it is a free program is that made by username jesse on
and it
uh... if you're familiar with the
more standard two-dimensional fractals like the mandelbrot set
It's similar to ththat except for you get to use all these crazy 3D shapes
and forumalas that create
instead of just the 2D
in the spaces as well as zoom in for all the infinite detail
and all the crazy fractal shapes
And here you're seeing just
a few examples of the most recent images that have been
uploaded to by people using madelbulb 3D
so you can see there is a
crazy variety
an endless possibilities and when you combine these formulas
, get in there and change the lighting the color and find
shapes that you really like
the animation tools areespecially interesting. Here's one
my most recent one, called Fata Morgana
which is a four minute trip through one of these 3D fractals
all the while, every shape and for in the
image is
morphing transforming into something else
Like I said
this is a free program and if you go to
fit the
you'll see download links to the latest versions of Mandelbulb 3D
I think I am using version 1.70 for this
Ok..third times a charm :) Quick and no rmabling this time
this is Mandelbulb 3D. When you first load up you'll see these three windows.
you'll probably say what the heck are all these buttons for, what do these numbers mean
what are all these sliders and tabs and doo-hickeys and whatnots?

There are a lot of options on this program
so let's cut down on the confusion and I'll explain what these windows are and
future videos will get down to the
nitty-gritty and the details of all this.
this window here is what i think of as the rendering window
it kind of holds the
copy of the current
3D fractal space that you are working on
and uh...
let's you
hit this calculate 3D button to get the 3D,
final rendering of your fractal.
you can control the resolution of this up
here with the width and height buttons
I'll do 1280 by 720
uh... these buttons these scale buttons will let you change the scale of the image
and also apply anti-aliasing that you might need to get a smoother
uh... image out of your fractal
... you can navigate around in this window
in that 2D mode but i've never done that
I alwasys go over to this awesome 3D navigator
which is the coolest part of mandelbulb 3D I think
because you can get one of these spaces that you create by changingin these formulas
loading in a present
and then and not only can you look at it but you can
fly around in it... almost in real time it's really fast
even though it is low-resolution
but it gives you a great sense of the space and you can just move your camera
and get just the angle
and uh...
the amount of zoom whatever that you want
so right now I am just using WASD to move back and forth
E and C for up and down
you can also just click on these if you are more comforable clicking with the arrows

You can also rotate the camera with IJKL

also new to version 1.7, if you click your mouse on the screen
now your mouse controls the camera and you use
W,A,S, and D to
zooming in and out.
So you notice that you can go pretty fast if you just keep a sense of where you are.
If you ever need to see a better view, you just stop
and Mandelbulb 3D will
continue reading at slightly higher resolution version of the image
so let's find a spot that we want to take a look at in high resolution get a
nice, better rendering of.
so now we've got this view

and we want to get a better rendering
so we hit
this button here - View To Main.
That will send all this data that is over herei n the 3D navigatore, back over here to the main
Rendering Window.
and you'll notice that it saya Press To Calculate.
uh... that's kind of a signal that this image is not the actual...
is not representing the data that is ready to be rendered.
So we;ll calculate that and now we're going to get
(cough) a rendering transfered over here.
One interesting thing to note -
You can keep exploring the fractal

while the main window is rendering
which is real handy when you just want to stop and look around
but you don't want to get lost. It's easy to get lost in one of thee thigns -
that's for sure
these tabsover here also have to do with the image that's being rendered
this is the lighting tab,
it has a ton of options for lighting.
An interesting thing about
M3D is that you can change the lighting -after- you render and image.
So, this image has already been rendered, but I can go in and
pick one of these preset colors to use on it.
I could make all new colors... change background.
I like to bump up the Ambient Shadows a little bit which as of darkness back in his
This ads some darkness back in to thos cramped spaces brings out the details. the detail in the front
you can add a little of the reflected light from the ambient.
Lots of lighting controls.
You'll notice that when I'm changing that, they are changing over here in the main window,
but not the 3D navigator.
You can transfer information between these windows
From the Nacigator window it is the View to Main button,
and then...
Into the Navigator - if you have Parameters
it will take the information for the camera and other fractal settings from here
and 'pop' them into this. Let me demonstrate.
I'll move the camera here.
and then, if I go Parameter, it'd going to
pop these back in right over here.
Same with the lighting.
If I change the lighting here,
ans I wanted to change the data that is in this 3D navigator, then I need to
pop it in the Navigator with lighting button.
So, you have more control over
if you want to send this data from the formulas, or the lighting
or all of the parameters from the fractal.
That comes in handy when you are doing aniamtions
or you are really getting in there and exploring a specific fractal.
Let's say
we like this fractak here and we can save this image by a saving as a JPG
or uh... bump
or p_n_g_ file
You can also save the z-buffer which will give you a greyscale image
uh... that contains a depth information the picture. This lets you do some near
tricks in Photoshop.
Now, if we wanted to save this parameter
and come back and use it later -
we can:
save a complete .M3I i which saves the params and lighting
colors as well as a screenshot. This screenshot right here.
we can save just the parameters. We can copy
a clever
bit of text to the clipboard that we can then post on so that other people can
copy it to their clipboard
use this button and ten render your fractal on their machine. This is an asy way to
share parameters.
okay that's all... that that's the basics. uh...
Oh, let me show you how to open up a
Here are some parameters
that come with..
a bunch that come with the program.
You just hit this button here.
Open Parameters, find one that look interesting.
Opop it up. Hit Calculate 3D
to see how it is set up.
just go over here and hit Paramter...
and then
you can start looking around the fractal right away. And then if you want you can come
over here
change some of these Paraters just a little bit,
hit formula,
Bam. Then you have a new fractal to explor. Change something else over here. I'll get into
all of that later.
and then if i wanted to see this
this one in the high resolution. Sendit from here...view to main.
make this a little smaller.
..calculate 3D.
and we can get a good, high detail
version of it.
Then save it with a JPg.. so..
That is a quick overview. I don't want to go into too much detail because I'm trying to keep these quick.
The next video will probably be
more about how to load a fractal in and change
and combine these
parameters and formulas to find new shapes.
Either that or I'll show you how to
adjust the colors and light.
I hope that help. Please leave feedback on my youTube channel here.
Subscribe. Let me know
what you would like to know about
Mandelbulb 3D.
thanks for watching. See you later. (^_^)