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Check out this Magic Eye music video

Indie rock band uses old school image trickery for new video

Admittedly, it’s been a few years since I cracked open a Magic Eye picture book, but whenever I come across one, it’s funny how that muscle in your brain kicks right back in to gear.


If you’re as big a fan of them as I was, then you’ll definitely appreciate the following music video from indie rock band Young Rival for their song “Black is our Good”.


The video works around what’s referred to as a random-dot autostereogram. A stereogram is an image that uses a crossed-eye method to create an illusion of depth perception on a static image when viewed with two eyes (sorry all ye pirates out there!) When one relaxes their eyes (as prompted at the start of the video), they can then see through the static and pick up on the hidden images below.


The “Black is our Good” video was directed by Jared Raab and programmed by Tomasz Dysinki using a computer and an Xbox Kinect. They explain their approach in a bit more detail on their site:

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.

When it came to completing the video, they used an algorithm to convert each frame into a stereogram image (talk about time consuming).

What do you think of their efforts? Can you see the images? Let us know in the comment section below!

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