06 January 2007

Wrinklers In Time

I have just been researching wormholes, string theory and Stephen Hawking's chronology protection conjecture.

Quantum editors will be called tesseracters because the medium they compose with will have four dimensions instead of two.


Brendan said...

You wouldn't call film and video 3-dimensional mediums? The frame is planar and therefore 2-dimensional, and time is the 3rd dimension.

I guess it would be also possible to make the argument that since "editors" don't often manipulate the data contained within single frames, they deal with only one dimension: time.

Gabriel Shalom said...

You're right; editors who are editing celluloid (or a digital representation thereof) are editing three dimensions; the height and width of the plastic images in time. Of course compositing makes this all more complicated. Yet discriminating between the editor and the compositor is largely useless when talking about digital video.

But whether you are editing or compositing or both it's more accurate to describe the action as occuring in three dimensions as you first stated; length width and time. Thanks for the keen observation.

Incidentally, editing sound allows us to work in four dimensions already. Our ability to manipulate sound is far ahead of our ability to manipulate sound and image as one audiovisual medium. We are presently in the throes of the proto-quantum audiovisual "space" race.

Brendan said...

That's very interesting. I have never really thought about our non-visual senses as additional dimensions in media, but this makes quite a bit of sense.

Your blog is inspiring me to resume my dabbling in experimental media. Perhaps once Tropist is further along I will have the time.