What's an easy way to create a forever zooming & looping image like this: enter image description here

In particular what design applications (after effects comes to mind) allow recursive nesting of compositions?

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    Apr 22 '15 at 6:54
  • I don't think it's a question of 'recursive nesting'. After all, it's only a loop; the last image links to the first one.
    – Jongware
    Apr 22 '15 at 8:20
  • @Jongware you could achieve this effect by actively replicating the image... however if you could nest the original composition in itself (ie. recursion) then it would be super easy and wouldn't require complicated planning. I am just generally looking for tips on how to approach this problem.
    – Paul
    Apr 22 '15 at 11:34
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    I would think that particular image would have been created programmatically. It looks pretty recursive to me.
    – e100
    Apr 30 '15 at 18:08
  • This one is actually easy, this is from a 3D animation and what is happening is a camera is passing through an array of replicated objects. The distance for the animations loop is basically the frame right before the first key frame repeats, the effect is this. Everything else moving and colors changing only matters that the timing match the framerate of what you are capturing - ie: 60 frames means I need my colors/animations/movement to loop at that rate as well. (Easily done via your animation tools in 3D animators.) You can also do this with just 25% of the image since its symmetrical. Jun 14 '20 at 20:17

Here is a site that does not require any expertise.


Create your animated perpetually zooming images in .gif format for free online!

Load 1 to 5 images, which will follow one by one periodic in animated gif. Each image can be up to 2 MB maximum and width/height can be up to 2000 px maximum. Acceptable formats: .gif, .jpg/jpeg, .png, .wbmp. Notice, that often using of just one image gives the best results.

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    Apr 23 '15 at 8:23

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