Synchronized Montage Serendipity

When R.E.M. released their Accelerate album last year, they posted several clips of the band performing Supernatural Superserious and asked fans to make their own music videos and post them on YouTube. There were some great efforts, but the current collection is a shambles because many have been pulled down or had their audio removed thanks to the overzealous automated copyright infringement police.

I recently got a takedown notice for my submission and promptly objected on the grounds that the copyright owners did in fact give their permission. My video has been restored but the whole incident brought the song to mind again and I thought I'd try something different with the material that R.E.M. made available.

Among the clips there were four that were live acoustic performances. I thought it would be interesting to see if PluralEyes could sync them up. The audio was pretty different, but it worked. This says something both about how robust PluralEyes is and how tight R.E.M. is as a band.

After syncing the clips I applied an ImageFlow montage generator with mostly random parameters. The result is a music video that works, thanks to some technology that gives serendipity a chance.

Update: HD version of the video available on YouTube here.

1 comment:

  1. Bruce -

    Wow, this REM video is just amazing. Holy cow. Quite a tribute to PluralEyes AND REM. I'll have to check out ImageFlow now too, I suppose.

    I don't know if you remember, but we met at Podcast Academy a couple years ago in Ontario, CA. I think I was genuflecting over your creation of The Levelator or something like that. During our chat you were telling me about developing PluralEyes.

    I seem to be doing more and more video editing that requires syncing footage, so I had to track you down. Glad to see PluralEye seems to be catching on so well. I assume you'll be getting an order from me in a couple days...

    Best of luck to you, Bruce. Thanks for all the great software. Can't wait to see what's next.

    Best -

    Dan Klass

    The Bitterest Pill (podcast)
    Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Audio & Video Podcasting (book)