Radiohead’s House of Cards Video Created Using Data Visualizations

The new Radiohead music video for “House of Cards”, directed by James Frost, was created entirely using data visualizations without traditional cameras or lights. “House of Cards” has been released as an open source project hosted on Google Code.

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.

Here’s the making of video for “House of Cards”.

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