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Mind-Blowing Display Created Using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units

For their music video for the song “Bright Siren“, Japanese band androp created a mind-blowing giant display using Canon 60D DSLRs and strobes as the individual pixels. They used 250 separate cameras and flash units, and controlled each one individually using a computer program. Every single light used was real, and no computer-generated trickery was used. You can also check out the behind-the-scenes video they made.

Bright Siren (via Hack a Day)


 
  • http://twitter.com/saviour100 Patrick Kelly

    WOW!

  • Dave

    Very cool….but wth is a bright siren? haha

  • Kook

    They could have just done that with LEDs. Having a camera attached to the light is unnecessary.

  • Johan

    Very cool

  • http://bella-d.tumblr.com Bella

    Very cool.  They should auction off the D-SLR’s that were used to benefit from the Japan tsunami. 

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    What’s cool isn’t so much the lighting you see in the video, but the fact that they had 250 cameras + flash going off, capturing imagery during their music video/concert. That’s pretty freaking amazing.  It’s like having someone doing a 180 photo capture during your whole music session… all controlled by a computer to also animate the lighting effects. Every lighting effect that fired off to show the light pattern also took photos at the same time.

    Wow. Just… wow.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Meh…    Cool ish I guess, just a shame the music is so awful.

  • ReaderTom

    Remember that it is Japan band – you don’t have to like their music. Like I don’t have to like Lady something or other mainstream UK or American “artist”.

  • ReaderTom

    Remember that it is Japan band – you don’t have to like their music. Like I don’t have to like Lady something or other mainstream UK or American “artist”.

  • NC

    At first I tought, what a cool way to give some use to Canon flashes, but after seeing the making of saw that there’s some lumopro also and other cameras along with the 60d…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505401169 Sirloin Richard Norrish

    it’s impressive just due to the recharge times! haha!

  • sharpie

    You just don’t get it do you.

  • sharpie

    You just don’t get it do you.

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    I suspect they had the flashes set to a very low power level to allow those kinds of flash rates. Wouldn’t be surprised if the flashes were powered via AC-to-DC adapters.

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    You read my mind. 

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    Very cool. Wow as you rightly said. 

  • Nate Matson

    I love it! Anyone have a seizure while watching this? 

  • Joel

    Don’t understand the reasoning of all this trouble and expense for so little visual stimulation.  

  • Mr.New

    What are the chances of you listening or watching their video had they not done what they have done? This is a genius idea, not just artistically but for band promotion and publicity.

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    Wow. Canon sure knows how to advertise. Unlike a certain company that just put their cameras in the hands of some actor…

  • http://www.facebook.com/cosme422 Luis Rafael Cosme

    the part with the multi-screens stacked up  was just some serious idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cosme422 Luis Rafael Cosme

    the part with the multi-screens stacked up  was just some serious idea!

  • Bill Griffin

    great job Nick !

  • http://www.facebook.com/kemal.eksen C Kemal Eksen

    Interesting idea, but I would prefer to add some backlight to always see the silhouettes of the cameras, otherwise people begin to ask “Why aren’t they using LEDs?” and they are right to ask. One thing that I didn’t get, how can these flashes give constant light for several seconds?

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    the video is slowed down to make it appear they are lit for longer than they are. check out the video at 2:57 and it shows some bullet time-esque style footage. That would not be possible if the shots were taken too slow.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    the video is slowed down to make it appear they are lit for longer than they are. check out the video at 2:57 and it shows some bullet time-esque style footage. That would not be possible if the shots were taken too slow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kemal.eksen C Kemal Eksen

    OK, what I saw as constant lights are probably blinking lights. The bullet time-esque / matrix-like footage is actually not related to my comment and it is probably not shot with the cameras on the shelves behind but rather with cameras on a curved raw that is surrounding the group.

  • http://twitter.com/denMAR Dennis Marciniak

    Jump to 3:09. You’ll see why they used cameras.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    Yeah my point was that they were using slow footage throughout the video and it could make it seem like the flashes were being lit longer than they typically would be because of time-mapping. I only used the bullet time as a reference for video speed manipulation.

  • Mnip

    They are using LEDs watch it in 1080p and pause it then drag the slider until you see a close up. There’s one round LED stuck to the front of each flash lens.
    Near the start of the clip when they have text on the flash wall you can see the LED that makes a pixel of the lower right part of the E in ME has come unstuck.