Jul 11 2008UPDATE: Radiohead's New "Video" Shot With Lasers Or Something, I Don't Understand, Am Stupid


So instead of using a camera like a normal band, Radiohead, in all their progression, shot their most recent video for "House of Cards" with lasers or something. I don't freaking know, people, does it look like I understand technology?

The Geometric Informatics scanning system employs structured light to capture detailed 3D images at close proximity, and was used to render the performances of Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the female lead, and several partygoers. The Velodyne Lidar system uses multiple lasers to capture large environments in 3D, in this case 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute, capturing all of the exterior scenes and wide party shots.

Uh-huh. Thom York had this to say about the video:

I always like the idea of using technology in a way that it wasn't meant to be used, the struggle to get your head round what you can do with it. I liked the idea of making a video of human beings and real life and time without using any cameras, just lasers, so there are just mathematical points-- and how strangely emotional it ended up being.

Uh-huh. You know, I've been emotionally attached to a laser before, and let me tell you what -- incredible lover. I'm talking burning passion. And, okay, pubes.

That's a screenshot there, and there are several more after the jump.

UPDATE: Two videos added after the jump. One is the music video, the other a "making of" video. Go here to play the video and manipulate it in real time using a visualization program.






Music Video:

Making of:

Radiohead Use Fancy Technology in Camera-Free Video [pitchforkmedia]

Thanks Dan, what're you doing this weekend? You wanna come over and take turns staring directly into a power burning laser? Oh, and thanks again for letting me know the video is out. You rock.

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Things sure have come a long way since LAZERTAG.

BTW, I still have the helmet!



It's like how I imagine robots would see.
Okay maybe not... No yeah, totally how robots would see.

thom yorke=artistic genius

The method of 3D-laserscanning is not hard to understand. The laserbeam touches every surface in the room systematically and the distance from the laser to the point on the surface is beeing measured. The result is a 3-dimensional array of dots, which is visualized in the video and represents the surfaces in the scanned room.
I'd really love to see the whole video cos even the pictures look great.


oh and sh3lby, some robots actually see like this. But normaly a 2D-laserscanner is used to avoid obstacles. The result looks like this:


i f***ing love radiohead! the whole band is made up of genius

wow , this must look really awsome when ur messed up .

If the video is as good as the screens it's an award winner.

Radiohead owns all

Said it before, I'll say it again: Pew, pew pew!!!

So where's the link for the actual vid?

great video...but as a band, Radiohead is WEAK.

Sorry, I'm not that patient. Who cares anyway?

No wonder Radiohead was my favorite band in high school!! I work at a robotics and autonomy company that uses the Velodyne HDL -- the same sensor that Radiohead used on this project -- and I write the 3D visualization software for the LIDAR data. Our display looks just like this, and I had never thought to use it in such a way!

FYI, I found out Radiohead put all the data AND the source code they used to process the data onto Google Code: http://code.google.com/p/radiohead/downloads/list

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