360° VR 4K Deep Dream Fractal slideshow made by Schizo - http://www.psykick.de featuring amazing music by Astropilot. Addition VFX by Mischlichter.
Made for fractalforums.com Annual Fractal Art Contest 2017
Mandelbulb 3D meets google Deep Dream
Best frames of my ACID EYE animation as a psychedelic slideshow. See the animation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaTQYFG_pb8

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Use your Cardboard, Oculus Rift or other preferred virtual reality device to dive deep into this psychedelic deep dreamed 3D fractal star and feel it all around you. Use clicked mouse, WASD-keys or navigation wheel when viewed on monitor or move your phone.

Addition VFX by Mischlichter: https://www.youtube.com/user/funkybrown81
Thank you Alex for the great warping, colorization and beat detection :-)

Intro words by Bill Hicks.

Music: Track "Memories Maze (Astropilot's special edition)" by Astropilot. Taken from the wonderful chillout maxi single "Memories Maze" released 2011.
Check out and buy the record at bandcamp: https://astropilot.bandcamp.com/album/memories-maze
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Fractal Animation: rendered in 4K Ultra HD 2160p with Mandelbulb 3D V1.89 - http://www.fractalforums.com

About the google Deep Dream:
I always wanted to run a deep dream algorithm over one of my fractal animations to make it more trippy. But I thought: When you want to do it, then do it right!
So I didn't choose a normal animation as the fractal source but I used a 4K 360° fractal as the source animation.
That wasn't easy and took a lot of experiments and programming in python.
Problems I had to solve:
- rendering 4K images via CPU is too slow - solution: use google deep dream with CUDA support so my GeForce GTX 970 could do the work much faster
- deep dreaming of 4K images wasn't possible because of memory problems (neural networks need a lot of RAM) - solution: for the final 4K dreaming do a lot of randomly selected 400x400 pixel dream squares
- keep also the fine 4K dream details stable during the animation so it doesn't flicker so much - solution: do some additional blending at the right time
- use various deep dream inception modes but blend them smoothly - solution: start the dreaming of the second animation already based on a fading sequence from the first animation and do some addition blending
- we have a 360° video so dream at left side should match to dream at right side - solution: copy a left stripe to the right and a right stripe to the left, dream and crop to original size
- we have a 360° video but you can't dream top and bottom correct - solution: blend top and bottom to black
I will do a much more detailed tutorial and also release the python code later.

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