Infinite Zoom – Hey Look It’s Me

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Created in Blender, at 1920×1080 resolution, 25 fps.

What is that blue square near the end?
It’s the river/moat around the temple of Angkor Watt in Cambodia.

Is every detail accurate?
It’s an accurate guide to “the sort of thing” you would find. For example, real atoms are basically full of empty space, but I showed a lot of crazy patterns because there are quantum fluctuations and probability fields that make atoms fascinating links to infinite possibilities.

Can you make a video that zooms into something else?
Yes! I can change the person for sixty dollars, or a complete new video costs a thousand dollars. That is only a fraction of what it costs me to make it, assuming I pay myself minimum wage. A full video like this requires fifty high resolution images, and each one a day to find (because I need royalty free images at far below commercial rates). Then another day to edit seamlessly into the next image. Then the completed video takes a couple of weeks to put together, mainly because Blender is not designed for stuff like this and it takes ages to tweak those spline curves. It really needs Adobe AfterEffects, but that costs a fortune. So each new video takes four month’s skilled work. But I’m happy to do it if you want to pay!
Legal stuff:
This video uses three pieces. In order, they are:
“Haunting” by Matthew Milne of Logan Leistikow’s Public Music Project. The PMP was a site devoted to providing free (and royalty free) music for projects like this. Milne confirmed by email that he is happy for me to use this piece. He’s a great guy.

“Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Mermaid” and “Long Road Ahead” by Kevin McLeod of McLeod is the patron saint of poverty stricken YouTubers, providing quality, royalty free music at no charge. Visit his site!

Music was merged using Audacity. Audacity and Blender (and the Gimp for the art) are free and open source.

All images are either created by me, public domain, or based on creative commons “attribution only, derivatives allowed” or similar license. Some of it is “sharealike” but the YouTube license does not allow downloading. So if you want a free copy of this video for your own mashups, contact me and I’ll send it by email.

“Close up eye” by Ben Mortimer Photography.

“My left retina” by martin Cathrae

Electron microscopy images from Dartmouth College (public domain) Thanks, Dartmouth!

Small molecules generated by the Gimp (marble madness plugin)

Large molecules: “eclipses” and “OBAFGKM” by fdecomite

Subatomic fractal details rendered in Apophysis, using data adapted from flames by “mutequacky” (the beautiful central image) and “kugel”.

Galaxies: a combination of numerous NASA public domain images. E.g. the main Milky Way image is adapted from “cosmological masterpiece” and “Hubble snaps heavyweight” by NASA/Goddard, uploaded to their Flickr account under creative commons 2.0.

Star fields: Random stars generated in The Gimp.

Planet Earth: public domain images from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, via the Visible Earth project.

Cambodia from space: public domain images via NASA’s Earth Observatory.

Angkor Watt from the air: by “jurvetson” and several photos by “oldandsolo”

Close up of Angkor buildings: Victoria Peckham”, “”, and “michael clarke stuff”

Tree roots by “reibai”

Door details by “David A. Villa” and “mckaysavage”

Still images were adapted and merged in Photoshop Elements 5 and the Gimp.