Time Machine
by Joel Yliluoma

This video was produced by rendering the following 469 bytes of code with POV-Ray:

Still Images

Frame #1 | Frame #103


This Video is part of the POV-Ray Short Code Contest #5 which was originally published by Paul Bourke in 2008. This page shows a new re-rendering of the original POV-Ray source code at a higher resolution, although here and there some miniscule syntactic changes had to be made to the code in order to get POV-Ray 3.7 to parse it.

Author's Comment

My first idea for this submission was as follows: "a light sparkling show with an object in center and some bits circling it". I wrote that into a file, and then began writing povray code. For the center object, I thought of making a crystal cluster, as in one you might find in a mine, mineral crystals. I decided to construct it from boxes merged together in an angular construction, created with a loop. As for texture and other properties, I had just one thought: It must shine a lot of light. So I made it slightly transparent, put an emissive media in it, put a light source in the center, and even put a haze-like thing over it to add a HDRI-like light gloss effect. I wanted to preserve some details in it, so eventually I ended up moving the lightsource outside though. After the center object was done, I decided to use the same engine that created the center object (function Y), for creating the circling bits. I experimented a lot with what the bits should look like, and through trial I settled on the semi transparent cubes that look like rose petals. For motion, the original idea was to make everything revolve around. After some experimentation, I found that constant revolution would be too dizzying, because there's just 100 frames and if I want a complete loop, it must rotate fast. So I made them rock back and forth. Same for the center bit. In the center bit, I introduced three different levels of motion, and after experimenting, it reminded me of a time machine so that's how this animation got its name.


Author:Joel Yliluoma
Author's Website:bisqwit.iki.fi/
Submission ID:qwoaqw
Source Filesize:469 Bytes
Source Page:SCC5
Source Code:long | short

Render Process

Frames: 200
Pixels: 384 000 000
Rays: 110 501 406 400
CPU-Seconds: 616 772


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