Electric Sheep in HD

I’m a big fan of the Electric Sheep project by Scott Draves, and after buying a nice, new 1080p telly I decided I’d like to display it in full HD to mesmerise guests when I’m not watching anything.

The following is a 2-hour looping video of the 256 most-voted sheep on the sheep server rendered in Full HD.

More details and a torrent for a high quality mkv version or burnable blu-ray iso below.

You’ll want to watch this full screen, in 1080p. Ideally whilst playing some music.


Electric Sheep in HD is an high-definition rendering from the Electric Sheep project by Scott Draves. You can find more about it at http://electricsheep.org/ Scott’s website is at http://scottdraves.com/For a high-quality download, use one of the following torrents:

This work is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, which means that you can do what you want with it provided it’s for non-commercial use and that you attribute the original authors.

For more information on re-using content from the Electric Sheep project, see http://electricsheep.org/reuse

‘Sheep’ are fractal animations that can be designed by humans, generated by computers using a genetic algorithm, or a combination of both. This animation used the top 256 ‘best’ sheep (by number of votes) from the Electric Sheep server, rendered into a looping animation. It should show as a continuous loop, provided your player supports it.

Several sheep used in this animation were provided by the following users:

Here is a complete list of the sheep used in the animation.

The project was rendered in HD by Simon Detheridge, using Flam3 by Scott Draves and Ffmpeg, and a bunch of Ruby scripts to organise the rendering.

Rendering took over 2 weeks, primarily on an heavily-overclocked 6-core Intel i7 computer, with a number of other computers drafted in to help at various times. Each sheep is rendered as a 180-frame loop looped 3 times, followed by a 180-frame transition into the next sheep.

The resulting video was encoded to mkv H264 Level 4.1 High Profile, using ffmpeg and the x264 codec, with a quality setting of crf 24.0 and also a blu-ray ISO containing a looping video.

No audio is contained in the file. However, the music of Ott goes quite well :-)

Sample Frame