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Animated Graphics Gallery

These are trial web sample versions (usually Shockwave .dcr files) of various media such as slide shows, computer animated graphics, and DVD presentations or Quicktime videos. First time users will be prompted to download and install the Shockwave plug in.  Image size and file size are given in parentheses.  Inquiries, comments, suggestions, and complaints should be sent to Darrell J. Woodman (woodmandj@aol.com).

Units with video segments require QuickTime.  Beginning with Mac OS 10.4 some browsers may fail to play Shockwave units that also contain videos.  Internet Explorer version 5.2 for Mac (available for free web download) seems to be one browser that successfully plays the videos in such units off the web.

All materials copyright 2005-2014, Darrell J. Woodman, all rights reserved.



            Interactive Animated Graphics



Cylindric
  (800x800, 7.6 MB). You are traveling into an endless cylindrical grid with changing colors.  Interactive user controls allow choosing either unchanging color schemes or different intervals between color changes.  Non-interactive Quicktime white-on-black video versions have repeating loops for forward motion at  http://woodmandj.x10.mx/cylindric/CylWhtFwdStr.mov , reverse motion at http://woodmandj.x10.mx/cylindric/CylWhtRevStr.mov , forward motion with rotation at  http://woodmandj.x10.mx/cylindric/CylWhtFwdRot.mov , and reverse motion with rotation at http://woodmandj.x10.mx/cylindric/CylWhtRevRot.mov  .        




            Animated Patterns



Pyramids
  (800x800, 104 KB).  Irregular pyramids change position in a square grid.  This Shockwave version includes interactive user control of animation speed to examine effect of play rate on depth illusions.  A non-interactive repeat Quicktime movie sample Pyramids.mov (59 MB) instead plays only at the default speed of 10 fps, restarting after 2 min.  Finally, another Quicktime sample  that also shows a mockup of the speed controls is at http://youtu.be/TZTa8Upb9ek    





Ripples
  (1024x768, 7.9 MB).  





Strips
  (1024x768, 1.4 MB).




Tiles
  (950x760, 160 KB).  Endless color wheel tour.  Interactive element - color choice:  press the computer "control" key to freeze any desired color scheme while the animation continues to play.  Reload the browser window to restart the regular color variation.
   
For the non-interactive (950x760, 82 MB) loop QuickTime movie version, go instead to
Tiles Video




            Constructions



Rotating Jewelled Egg
  (640x480, 30.9 MB). Quicktime loop movie.  



        
             
            Piling On



Piling On - Sticks
  (1024x768, 44 KB)  Changing patterns as colored sticks pile on.
 



Piling On - Spheres
  (1024x768, 44 KB)  A tour of color combinations from the RYB color wheel as colored spheres pile on.  Each combination display is shown, with random color selection, twice -  first using a single (saturation/brightness) value for the color(s),and second with a new choice of color(s) each with a  range of (saturation/brightness) values.  The display sequence is: single color, two adjacent(analagous) colors, two colors separated by a single color, two colors separated by two colors, separated by three colors separated by four colors, separated by five colors (complementary colors), three analagous colors, a triad (three evenly spaced colors). a split complement of three colors, four colors in a double complement, a rectangular tetrad, and finally a square tetrad. 
 


           Animated Augmented Reality



Erin's Slinky
  (640x480, 54MB)  Quicktime video of Erin meeting an obnoxious slinky.  (If the movie fails to load properly here, try the YouTube version at:  http://youtu.be/Lof0tw65XiY )





Magic Door
  (640x480, 23 MB)  Quicktime loop movie showing the impossible Magic Door illusion, starring Erin and Katie.





Katie and Erin Meet Augmented Reality
  (640x480, 3.8MB)  Quicktime video of innocent child wielding Augmented Reality portal device.




Rapunzel's Brush
  (640x480, 25MB)  Quicktime video of Erin finding Rapunzel's brush to be another portal device for AR (augmented reality) - using Hitchcock (Vertigo) zooms.  

  
         


Magic Dancers
  (720x480, 20 MB)  Quicktime loop movie showing the impossible Magic Dancers illusion, starring Erin and Katie.




          Animated Impossible Reality (Magic Illusions)


Escher Staircase
  (640x480,1.3 MB)  Amazing video demonstrates that Escher's "impossible" ascending, descending staircase really can exist.  Follow the ball descending all the way around - gravity doesn't lie.
 



Impossible Borromean Rings
  (1024x768, 841 KB)  Animation of a treatment of the "impossible" (if flat) Borromean rings.  Which ring is closest to the viewer?




Impossible Borromean Rings 3D Animation
  (640x480, 2.2 MB)  Animation of a treatment of the "impossible" (if flat) Borromean rings in 3D to emphasize that the rings are perfectly flat with no bends - so it is impossible, but there it is!  Which ring is closest to the viewer?

                                           

                    
Reality vs Impossible Reality   (1024x768, 7.1 MB)  Quicktime image sequence, admitting to graphics trickery in the preceding 3D Rings Animation.
                    
                     
  

Impossible Magic Triangle
  (640x480,1.3 MB)  Video illustrates three easy ways to complete the somewhat tricky final step to construct from blocks the "impossible" Magic triangle as a true 3D object - 3D graphics don't lie.




Impossible Monument Columns - 3D Animation   (640x480, 7.8 MB)  Quicktime loop movie showing the impossible illusion changing back and forth to simple square pillars and round columns.


 

Interconnected Rings Animation
  (1024x768, 24 K)  An array ("impossible," if flat) of 5 solid rings, all interconnected so that the front and back relationships are opposite at the top and at the bottom.  Animation emphasizes the reversals of the front and back relationships.




Magic Aquarium
  (1024x768, 340 KB)  Is the light or the dark blue color closer to the viewer in this animation of Escher-like impossible reality?





Magic Bars 2
  (640x480, 2.7 MB)  Are the red or blue colored bars closer to the viewer in this second related animation of Escher-like impossible reality?





           Animated Abstract Art



Black Holes
  (1024x768, 300 KB) 





Caverna
 (1024x768, 1.4 MB)  Holy Alley Oop, animated cave art.





Chalks
 (1024x768, 17 KB)  Animation of 320 strokes to create a new chalks picture in about 35 min. - autorestarts.  Every picture unique.

 


Dark Matter   (1024x768, 3.5 MB)  Endless animation symbolic of the intermingling, with little interaction, of greatly divergent forms - rigid and stationary with flexible and mobile. 



 
  Dynamic Sculpture A
  (640x480, 3.3 MB)  Interconverting, rotating animated or dynamic sculptures.  This video can be    
  cranky about opening - try reloading in the browser or try the browser Opera.






 FogRoad
  (1024x768, 7.1 MB)  Animated 3D fog experiment.




JungleI
  (1024x768, 20 KB)  Our motto,"If you don't like this picture, wait a couple seconds."  The endless animation takes a minute or two to get up to full speed.




   JuxtaI
   (1024x768, 4.6 MB)  Endless animation with abstract and realistic elements.



 

 KidStuff
   (1024x768, 5.6 MB) Recent endo-cranial video techniques show, for the first time, images traversing the visual cortex (in the brain of a  four year old child).  In the background can be seen the functioning of the complex network of connections between neurons.





   Skyline   (1024x768, 116 KB)  Endless animation with changing gradients and lighting. 




  Slug Painting
  (1024x768, 5 KB)  Multicolored slime trails as dynamic abstract art - constantly being repainted by              
  gastropods of different chromatic persuasions
.

 


          Changing Pictures


Shapes   THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS   (640x480, 18.2 MB)  Deformations of rotating shapes.

Emergence   THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS   (640x480, 28 MB)  Surreal image with changing colors.

ErinKatie     THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS(640x480, 4.7 MB)  Erin and Katie in surrealism land.

Transformation     THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS(640x480, 0.6 MB)  

Landscape   THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS   (640x480, 6.4 MB)  

Composition   THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS   (640x480, 16.6 MB)  Moving surrealistic elements.

Black Holes   THIS UNIT MOVED TO ANIMATED ABSTRACT ART SECTION ABOVE

         
          Colors


Colors-Slices
 (1024x768, 1 MB)  Sampling saturation/value slices for selected hsv hues.  Older, slower computers may not be able to play this animation as  fast as needed (no more than 3-4 sec for a disc to expand/contract/change color)





GradientThing
  (1024x768, 20 KB)  Sampling gradients.


 

GridI
  (1024x768, 26 KB)  Sampling monochromatic colors at two different saturations and/or brightnesses.  (also in Shapes section)





ColorsI
 (1024x768, 17 KB)  Strips sampling RYB analogous color pairs.



 
           Flowers


Dahlia Show
   (1024x768, 8 MB)  Animated dahlia pictures.




Hibiscus
  (640x480, 7.7 MB)  Hibiscus pictures (Quicktime video).



Orchid Bowl
   (1024x768, 1 MB)  Drifting orchid pictures.



Rosebud Opening
  THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS(1024x768, 3.4 MB)    Sixty eight images taken over several days.


           Kaleidoscope


Kaleidoscope IV
  (1024x768, 5.3 MB)  Rotates eight-fold reflected image of shifting, faceted, semitransparent color elements to simulate tumbling in a real kaleidoscope as it turns slowly.  Revision of KaleidoscopeIII graphics and programming.



 
           Lights

Disco Light Globe   (640x480, 25 MB)  Quicktime loop movie of rotating 48 beam disco light globe.  Display note.  While older versions of the Safari browser play the movie as a repeating loop, as well as allow zooming the image to nearly fill the screen; some newer versions of Safari fail to loop the movie (as do the browsers Opera, and Explorer.)  Various versions of Firefox will play the movie in a repeating loop, but will not zoom the image - instead set the computer display size one size larger than 640x480 to get a big image.  


note: (1024x768) Light spheres changing color in random sequence below.  All autostart.


lightsSquare3D9a  (1024x768, 30KB)  3x3 lights square randomly tumbles in endless 3D animation  with changing color patterns, resizable.

Lights Disk   (12KB).



 Lights Disk Rotating  
(408KB).



Lights Sheet 8x8
  THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS   (184KB).

Lights Block 4x4x4   THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS  (76KB).

Lights Globe   THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS  (124KB)

lightsCube512a-d
  (1024x768, 200KB)  Cube of lights, 8x8x8. Combination of all four versions below. Stage resizable.



 lightsCube512a
  (1024x768, 148KB)  No need to explane what is intended for this. Random colors and color combinations.  Stage resizable.




 lightsCube512b
  (1024x768, 176KB)  Now it's as plane as day.  Progressions of colored planes.  Stage resizable.



 
 lightsCube512c
  (1024x768, 176KB)  This version is even planer.  Gradient colors march through the planes.  Stage resizable.





lightsCube512d
  (1024x768, 198KB)  This version makes it the planest yet.  Single planes march and blink.  Stage resizable.



 
 spheresInaGlassBox  
(1024x768, 36KB) Moving  colored spheres inside a glass cube change colors they collide with the walls.  Stage resizable.   Rebounds from the front and back walls can confuse.




           Recursive Pictures - Droste Effect



 
 erinPictInPict
  (1024x768, 94 KB)  Erin, at almost 2, looks at a picture of herself looking at a picture of herself looking at....  An initial animated infinitely recursive picture - nested repeating images (about 8 visible) -  pictures within themselves.




 erinPictInPict2  (640x480, 2MB) Adding some 3D, even on a smaller screen video, only loses one image repetition.  This  composition gives a modest spiral repetition, without having to use special Droste effect spiral image software.  Stage  resizable.


 

 erinPictInPict3
  (640x480, 1.8 MB)  Well, what's a recursion excursion without an actual continuous spiral Droste effect?  Having neither the sophisticated calculations for the necessary complex graphic transformations (too dumb), nor the pricey  software that does Droste spirals automatically (too cheap), I had to rely on my own approach (cheating).




            Science

DNA Sequencing Art   (1024x768, 51 KB)  A unique new 9 channel "fingerprint" develops with a different color scheme every 3  minutes.  If you can't afford the current DNA art fad of ordering a pricey printout of your personal DNA "portrait" with a fancy frame to hang on the wall, just play this animation and lie to everyone that it shows fragments of your own DNA - who can tell?


Earth, cloudless
  (1024x768, 12.3 MB, Quicktime loop movie)  Rotating view of cloudless earth.  Based on NASA National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) Photo Gallery  "Cloudless Earth" image - Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC, based on DMSP data.



Earth Lights
  (1024x768, 19.8MB, Quicktime loop movie)  Rotating night view of earth's city lights.  Based on NASA Earth Observatory "Earth's City Lights" image - Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC, based on DMSP data.



PlanetsFlybys   (1024x768, 36.5 MB, Quicktime loop movie)  Semi 3D animation of planets flybys -  pluto, neptune, uranus, saturn, jupiter,
mars, earth, venus, mercury (planet sizes not to scale)   Photo Credits. Modis Land Group, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - earth;  NASA - mercury;  NASA/JPL - jupiter, neptune, uranus, saturn, venus;  NASA/JPL-Caltech/David Crisp and the WFPC2Science Team - mars;  Woodman - moon;  Pluto image based on NASA/JPL/Seal/Rawlings fictional surface map; Superimposed image of uranus rings based on brightness-enhanced infrared Hubble views.

 
           

            nonS(ci)ence

Transformer Beam     (640x480 move, 125 MB)  Halloween gave me the chance to try out my new Transporter Beam on some trick-or-treaters:  i.e., Katie (black cat) and Erin (Dorothy, with ruby slippers yet).  This high data rate QuickTime movie may not play smoothly on slower computers.



            Shapes
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 

Colored Discs
  (1024x768, 172 KB)  Endless animation piling on discs with 1) RYB colors, adding 2) changing saturation down to 50%, 3) changing brightness down to 50 %, 4) changing both saturation and brightness, then changing both with 5) single RYB hues, 6) analogous color pairs and 7) complementary colors.
 

GridI
  (1024x768,26 KB)  Sampling monochromatic colors at two different saturations and/or brightnesses.  (also in Colors section)




GridII
  (1024x768, stretchable, 45 KB)  Random nonlinear shifts in grid vertices positions (into the 3rd dimension?) - also featuring the new sloHueShifter to avoid those annoying abrupt color changes.



 Piling on, with Shrinkage
  (1024x768, 14 KB)  Piling on misc, colored shapes  with shrinkage.




Lines
  (1024x768, 8 KB)  Piling on random, colored lines.

Rings   (1024x768, 8 KB)  Piling on random, colored rings.

Squares   (1024x768, 7 KB)  Piling on random, colored squares.

Circles   (1024x768, 8 KB)  Piling on random, colored circles.

Spheres   (1024x768, stretchable, 545 KB)  Piling on random, colored shaded spheres.


Stripes
  (1024x768, stretchable, 12 KB)  Vertical stripes with changing widths and color combinations (analogous, complementary, and monochromic).





StripesII
  (1024x768, stretchable, 12 KB)  Vertical stripes with changing sets of three analogous colors (1 dominant), with varying saturation and brightness.




            Astronomy


Earth, cloudless
  (1024x768, 12.3 MB, Quicktime loop movie)  Rotating view of cloudless earth.  Based on NASA National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) Photo Gallery  "Cloudless Earth" image - Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC, based on DMSP data.



Earth Lights
  (1024x768, 19.8 MB, Quicktime loop movie)  Rotating night view of earth's city lights.  Based on NASA Earth Observatory "Earth's City Lights" image.



PlanetsSizes  
Enhanced, animated video treatment of the NASA (Lunar and Planetary Institute) Chart of Planet Sizes.  Sequential development of solar system images to scale for size comparison of pluto (dwarf planet), neptune, uranus, saturn, jupiter (gas giants), mars, earth (rocky, terrestrial planets), earth's moon, and the sun - shown in order of distance from sun but distances (except for earth-moon distance) not to scale.  Approx. diameters of planets, moon and sun listed at end.  Photo Credits.  Modis Land Group, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - earth;  NASA - mercury;  NASA/JPL - jupiter, neptune, uranus, saturn, venus;  NASA/JPL-Caltech/David Crisp and the WFPC2Science Team - mars;  Woodman - moon;  Pluto image based on NASA/JPL/Seal/Rawlings fictional surface map; Superimposed image of uranus rings based on brightness-enhanced infrared Hubble views.  Select a Quicktime version below.       

large Quicktime version   (1024x768, 12.6 MB).

small Quicktime version   (640x480, 6.3 MB).


PlanetsFlybys   (1024x768, 36.5 MB, Quicktime loop movie)  Semi 3D animation of planets flybys -  pluto, neptune, uranus, saturn, jupiter, mars, earth, venus, mercury (planet sizes not to scale)   Photo Credits. Modis Land Group, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - earth;  NASA - mercury;  NASA/JPL - jupiter, neptune, uranus, saturn, venus;  NASA/JPL-Caltech/David Crisp and the WFPC2Science Team - mars;  Woodman - moon;  Pluto image based on NASA/JPL/Seal/Rawlings fictional surface map; Superimposed image of uranus rings based on brightness-enhanced infrared Hubble views.

                   
Hubble Deep Fields   THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS  (640x480, 4.5MB) Animated tour of the Hubble Deep Field images.  Big dipper diagram showing location of the original deep field, zoom to enlarged view, light-gathering simulation/zoom, pan across the deep field, overall view with prominent galaxy redshifts, close-up with stars identified, 3D "fly-thru"/zoom video animation (requires QuickTime, also see above note on browsers), Hubble Deep Field South image, Hubble Ultra Deep Field image, age of universe timeline.


 Hubble 1996 Deep Field Zoom Tour
  (1024x768, 423 MB, 4 min. Quicktime loop movie)  Animated zoom-tour of the original Hubble 1996 Deep Field image, showing over 3,000 distant galaxies detected by the Hubble in a tiny "dark" patch of the sky.  Public domain image courtesy of NASA and STSci. ( In June 2014 the latest, highly colorful, ultra deep field image, enhanced by ultraviolet light coverage, was released.)  


Light Echo:  Monocerotis  THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS   (640x480, 1.1MB) Animation of the spreading light echo from monocerotis, based on the NASA images .  This animation begins with a simulation of the stellar flash in 2002 and uses an iris effect to simulate continuous, even spreading of the reflection that might have been seen with more frequent images.   Following the animation, a  summary screen compares all eight images from May 2002 through Sept. 2006.

The Multiverse  THIS UNIT TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE - CHANGING HOSTS   (640x480)) Animation of the flux line decay transitions of string theory creating new stable vacuum spaces with different manifolds of small extra dimensions and laws of physics.  Depicts bubble growth of vacuum spaces and zooms out on a bubble foam multiverse.