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Magic Eye Music Video

Remember the Magic Eye books from the 90s? If you've been waiting for someone to make it in video form, your wait is over.

The Young Rival has released the music video to its song Black is Good completely in autostereogram. The random dot autostereogram music video is best viewed in HD (this one is meant for the "parallel-eye" method - if you have trouble seeing it, you can view it in the cross-eyed version).

Jared Raab and Tomasz Dysinski who created the video explained how it's made:

BUT WAIT, THIS IS A VIDEO. HOW DID YOU MAKE IT?

This is where it gets technical. To make your own autostereogram, one must first create a thing called a "depth map" which is a 2D representation of 3D depth information. We collected real-time depth data of Young Rival performing the song using an X-Box Kinect hooked up to a computer. The computer was running software called RGBD toolkit, designed for capturing the depth information from the Kinect using its built-in infrared system. Once we had our depth information, we unpacked it into image sequences and edited these sequences as if they were regular video. The only difference in the editing process was that depth was represented by luminosity. For fun, you can view the black and white depth-map version HERE (password required - hint: what type of animal appears at 2:30?). With much trial and error, we then ran the data through an algorithm which took each frame of depth information, converted it into a random dot stereogram image, and repacked it into the final video. Lastly, there was one more colour pass at the end, and voila.


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I have never been able to get the Magic Eye images to be revealed. I don't know if it because I wear glasses, or have astigmatism, but I just can't get it to work. Pausing the video above and letting my eyes relax only makes the white dots jump out of place, not meet in the middle.
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