Watch: Tupac 2D Hologram Technology Explained

Written by Brayden Darke on April 19, 2012

I’m sure most of us have seen the footage of Tupac’s now famous, even historic, holographic performance at Coachella 2012 over the weekend. If you haven’t , then you really should, Tupac fan or not, because we’re about to see a lot more of it, and not just with recreations of dead musicians.

Apart from the fact that it looks like he’s performing on an airport moving walkway, the realism of the hologram was pretty mind-blowing. But the truth is that it wasn’t the same type of sci-fi 3D hologram that you might see in Star Wars, but in fact a 2D projection using a clever trick invented in the 1800s.

In a nutshell, an animation is bounced off sheets of film onto another transparent glass sheet on the stage that gives the appearance of the animation being right next to other objects or people on the stage.

The 3D-like projection technology has been around for a few years now, and has even been used several times before. Damon Albarn mentioned in an interview last year about problems he had using the technology with Gorillaz, saying it can’t work in a live environment, because as soon as you get any vibrations from instruments or movement from the crowd, the screen you reflect onto shakes and disturbs the hologram.

A video from 2009 has emerged showing the technology, and hinting at the uses it might have, including what would probably end up being the inevitable use for it – advertising.

Join Music Feeds on Facebook

More On Music Feeds

News

Taylor Swift Is Officially Louder Than AC/DC

Metallica’s 2008 album Death Magnetic has been declared the loudest record in the world in a recently published breakdown which also lists Taylor Swift’s 1989 higher on the loudness scale than the likes of AC/DC, The Sex Pistols and Motorhead.

Gig Reviews

George Maple – Sydney, Oxford Art Factory 24/04/15

There’s a reason why George Maple is riding on a wave of success right now.

News

Ivy Nightclub Apologises For Disrupting ANZAC Dawn Service With Loud Music

A representative of Sydney’s Ivy Nightclub has apologised and said they are “mortified”, “deeply upset” and “extremely distressed” after a contractor’s “unauthorised” sound test disrupted this morning’s ANZAC Dawn Service in Martin Place.

Gig Reviews

Montaigne – Sydney, Brighton Up Bar 24/4/15

From the painted skeletons and photos of musicians on the wall, to the red curtains that look like they may or may not have come from Kmart, the Brighton Up Bar has a strong student-house-living-room vibe.

News

Here’s What Jared Leto Looks Like As The Joker

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of DC Comics supervillain the Joker in Batman #1, and to mark the occassion directory David Ayer has shared an image of Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto, in full costume as the Dark Knight’s archnemesis.

News

Paul Kelly Pays Respect To Diggers In New ANZAC Tribute Song

Whilst some corporations go out of their way to cash in on this year’s 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings with insidious marketing campaigns, that inevitably that go tits up *cough* Woolworths *cough*, it’s great to see the important day of reflection inspiring some actually beautiful, touching material such as Paul Kelly’s new song Letter .

Around the web

This May Also Interest You