Visual Rhythm and Beat

Everyone has a dance


This is a work in progress -- check back in a couple days for full version and code. For now you can find links to a selection of results at the bottom of this page. Or you can check out hundreds of results at this youtube channel.


We present a visual analogue for musical rhythm derived from an analysis of motion in video, and show that alignment of visual rhythm with its musical counterpart results in the appearance of dance. Central to our work is the concept of visual beats — patterns of motion that can be shifted in time to control visual rhythm. By warping visual beats into alignment with musical beats, we can create or manipulate the appearance of dance in video. Using this approach we demonstrate a variety of retargeting applications that control musical synchronization of audio and video: we can change what song performers are dancing to, warp irregular motion into alignment with music so that it appears to be dancing, or search collections of video for moments of accidentally dance-like motion that can be used to synthesize musical performances.

Sample Results

Visual Beat Result

Barney Don't Need No Education

Barney and Friends retimed to “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd.

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If you're happy and you know it

The owners of the coffee shop I regular have a todler who is often watching this show when I go to get my coffee. They also like rap music, so I made this.

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Kitty Shake Shake It

Cats dancing. Enough Said.

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Psy's Best Friend

This example was a lot of fun to create. I found this Youtube channel for Dancing Nathan – a dog that does this strange flailing trick on a chair, which kind of looks like off-beat dancing.

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Spot The Dancing Robot

Remix of Spot The Dancing Robot from Boston Dynamics.

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Visual Rhythm And Beat (Overview Video)

A video giving an overview of the project and what we can do.