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Camera-Free ‘House of Cards’ video premieres

As reported earlier, Radiohead shot the video for House of Cards when they were in Florida last May. Radiohead used absolutely no cameras in the making the video, which will be available at Google.com. The video directed by James Frost of Zoo Films, was created utilizing two technologies: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne Lidar. Data will be made available to enable fans to create their own short clips

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. Geometric processed their own data while 510 Systems processed the Velodyne Lidar data. The data was then manipulated by Union Editorial and the Syndicate to create the final result.

Google will premiere the video early next week at code.google.com/radiohead. Additionally, the band will be making available the data used to create the video for fans to manipulate into their own unique short clips. A short documentary detailing the unique process used to create the video will also be available via this link, as will 3D renderings of selected scenes.

Of Radiohead’s decision to eschew cameras for the “video,” Thom Yorke commented, “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.”

15 Comments

  • This will be Godlike.

  • epic

  • Can’t wait to see this.

  • mind blowing

  • an analogy
    bjork: reactable
    radiohead: lasers

    awesome, this will be epic.

  • Radiohead are a crafty bunch!!

  • i dont even remember not doing this

  • I’M IN THIS!! I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW IT TURNED OUT :) IT WAS DEFINITELY A GREAT EXPERIENCE

  • Its up there now on the link, f’ing fantastic.

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  • not a huge house of cards fan, but i’m really looking forward to seeing how the video came out.

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  • Thanks for the tips. looks like they worked for you, I haven’t read all the comments but i’m pretty sure that’s been said already.

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