Jun
30

How do they make virtual bands/singers live in concert?

Like for example: Gorillaz, Hatsune Miku, etc.

Do they use holograms or something?

They have never done a hologram performance of any kind for any concert. Holograms can only create very simple animations (they animate as you walk past or rotate them) and holograms can not be "projected" into thin air, on a stage, or otherwise.

All the concerts mentioned use an updated version of the old "pepper’s ghost" stage illusion. There is video projector and a thin transparent metallic sheet at a 45 degree angle that reflects the image. They are set up in such a way to create the illusion that the video is being displayed as a projection in the air on the stage(an impossibility). Real people and props can move in front of and behind the screens, thus the virtual performers, further creating the illusion that it’s 3D but in reality the images are still 2D.

They may market it as holographic, but this just marketing as it has absolutely nothing to do with true holograms at all…nor is it currently possibly to do something like this with holograms.

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  1. EnhancedAcedia Says:

    Holograms, CGI, big screens that show animation, pretty much anything.

    I know Gorillaz did a live show where there was fogged glass over the original singers and performers.
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  2. Sea Star Says:

    Gorillaz did a performance behind screens one time and had videos of the cartoons playing in front. You could see their silhouettes. They also did a hologram performance with Madonna at some music awards ceremony (MTV?). Now they are moving away from all of that and moving into live performances where you can see the people but they still incorporate videos.
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  3. Jay Says:

    They have never done a hologram performance of any kind for any concert. Holograms can only create very simple animations (they animate as you walk past or rotate them) and holograms can not be "projected" into thin air, on a stage, or otherwise.

    All the concerts mentioned use an updated version of the old "pepper’s ghost" stage illusion. There is video projector and a thin transparent metallic sheet at a 45 degree angle that reflects the image. They are set up in such a way to create the illusion that the video is being displayed as a projection in the air on the stage(an impossibility). Real people and props can move in front of and behind the screens, thus the virtual performers, further creating the illusion that it’s 3D but in reality the images are still 2D.

    They may market it as holographic, but this just marketing as it has absolutely nothing to do with true holograms at all…nor is it currently possibly to do something like this with holograms.
    References :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musion_Eyeliner
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper%27s_ghost

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