Animation Some 3D CGI animations I've done.  Please note that the simplest animations were done on the slowest computers -- and those computers were pretty close to state-of-the-art for PCs, at that time.  In '93, I would lock up an 80486 running at 80 MHz for 2 days solid to render one of these, only to discover I'd made a minor mistake and needed to redo the whole shebang.  Pentium 60 and 66 machines were available, but expensive, and had an annoying tendency to melt down, so I was stuck.
NOTE:  Many of the files below are bundled with an old MS-DOS animation player.  For Windows and Macintosh animation players, please see the bottom of this page.
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Abstract, a test of how well the raytracer worked at rendering single images.  And it worked pretty well, as a matter of fact.
This animation shows how powerful raytracers are at rendering images.  Look at how the crystal spheres refract and magnify the surfaces as they submerge beneath the floor.
Again, look at how well a complex image can be rendered using POVray.  You can see shadows both from the overhead "sun", and from the light source inside the packed spheres.
Three spheres flying through a latticework; one rotating fireball, one wobbling mirror, and one pulsing plastic ball.
Welp, I broke down and did a self-portrait.  A friend held a lamp over my hand while this photo was taken; all except the lamp's bulb was retouched out, and the raytracer did the rest. hi-res still image
Loosely based on a still image done for a computer store, this animation demonstrates surfaces that reflect more light than falls upon them -- a patent impossibility in the real world, but performable virtually!
This image drives many people to distraction.  A two-dimensional animation of a three-dimensional projection of a four-dimensional rotating tesseract.  You can clearly see how it turns itself inside out, but concentrate on the closest "face" and you can clearly see how it is composed of cubes.
These two animations were made for a 'zine; the top one turned out very well, but was too large for inclusion in a distribution made to go via 28.8K modem.  The second animation, despite being more striking in some ways, was smaller.
Another 'zine submission.  While there isn't a lot of action in the scene, the moving waves reflecting the sky and soil make an interesting view. hi-res still image
This animation was made for the Long Islant Computer Association, for display at various computer shows.  It made a big hit.
This animation, in MPEG video format, was made much more recently as a spash for a computer application.  Regretfully, that application was never finished. NOTE: Clicking this link
will view the animation
in your browser.
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Windows users:
WinFLI is a small, simple player for Autodesk Animator .FLI/.FLC files for Windows 3.1 and up.  To install:  Download WinFLI v.2.0, create a subfolder "WinFLI" in your "Program Files" folder, and extract the program there.  Feel free to associate .FLI and .FLC files with WinFLI.exe.

A newer version of  WinFLI  is available for download at

Macintosh users:
To play Autodesk Animator files on your Macintosh, download fli-viewer.hqx and install.

Linux/BSD users:
Xanim is capable of playing Autodesk Animator .FLI/.FLC files.  If this program is not present in your unix distribution, you may download it from

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