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Tracking Michael Jackson’s White Glove in 10.060 Video Frames

by on July 6, 2009

In an interesting visualization with convenient timing, a chart of Micheal Jackson’s famous glove through a Billy Jean performance has emerged.

On May 4th, 2007, we asked internet users to help isolate Michael Jackson’s white glove in all 10,060 frames of his nationally televised landmark performance of Billy Jean. 72 hours later 125,000 gloves had been located. wgt_data_v1.txt (listed below) is the culmination of data collected.

The source code, the dataset, and the resulting movie visualization are available at their website.  The visualizations were created by users and show some fun video overlay work (replacing the glove with another object), setting the glove on fire with procedural effects, and various tracking visualizations.

White Glove Tracking via information aesthetics.