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Lost Heaven - Video for Ambient Music #2, by Mark Gould

Instead of dissolves, I tried optical frame blending to transition between images for quite interesting results. . Images started as original photography, long exposures of lights and motion, then processed and composed into a video with music.

For installation works my vision is that the change rate of the image would be slowed down considerably. Think about a painting in motion, but almost imperceptibly.

Music: Pacific by Psychadelik Pedestrian:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported
Released by toucanmusic,

For Brian.

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Comment by mark.e.gould on February 24, 2013 at 10:29pm

Thanks so much for the kind comments! It's rewarding to receive feedback on one's creative work and to take the time to do so is greatly appreciated. Raewyn, I just learned about and started using optical frame blending techniques - I hope to be able to refine the usage. Optical frame blending is a feature available in digital video software tools such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion, and others. It's a kind of interpolation between frames; you can think about morphing although it is not morphing.

What I've done in this video is render about 60 frames of still images into a video sequence which in real time video at 30 frames per second lasts for 2 seconds. So then what I do is take that first video clip I've just rendered and stretch the time length of it in the software by (guessing) 3000% to make it last as long as I want or need it to to get the effect I want.

If I don't enable optical frame blending the software will more simply just show the images cutting from one to the other, or I could set it up differently, with a slow dissolve from one image to the other, which I have also done. But if I enable frame blending the software knows to begin interpolating from one image to another and since I've slowed it down so dramatically you get such ethereal results. Further, since it is a computer and it's not advanced enough, without image intelligence or where I'm telling it how or where to make the changes, you can get some unexpected and also surprising results.

I've gone on... but I'm excited by the process and as said I want to refine this process. This was all done with the help of friends on a users forum. Best Regards, Mark

Comment by Milivoj Šegan on February 24, 2013 at 5:23pm

Music and image is frequency with  so called Hologram, the illusion of reality, 3D from second dimension Universe. All is  the first unique dual dimension of space-time. Great art work ,all is the music and movement images. Bravo for the Author,Congratulations !!!

Comment by Raewyn Turner on February 24, 2013 at 3:48pm

Hi Mark, Thanks for sharing your excellent work, I find it mesmerising.Could you please tell more about optical frame blending? Cheers, Raewyn

Comment by Catherine Mascrès on February 24, 2013 at 12:35pm

Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed it very much. the kaleidoscopic feeling with slow motion. The feeling of life and movement. Great, along with the music. 

Comment by mark.e.gould on February 24, 2013 at 8:10am

You might find it interesting that the principle programmer and developer of one of the programs I used to create this video is also an artist and has spent years studying the field of cognitive neuroscience. I have to say that in both the user interface and the algortithms that are used for "brushes" and effects to painting or altering images or video, this program has an uncanny "intuitive" sense about what you're trying to do and suggesting where to go next. :-)

Comment by mark.e.gould on February 24, 2013 at 7:50am

Thanks, Krishna :)

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on February 24, 2013 at 7:02am

Very melodious and interesting! Loved it!



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