You know, the logical extension of this is to shoot a much higher rez and map HDRI textures to the data, then you basically have a cheater's version of 3D TV. Though the perspective is limited to what the LIDAR can see, if you use two or more LIDARS you have the entire volume of the set to play with from most any angle.
Even if you just put a single LIDAR on the front of a "normal" camera to capture the depth data at the same time as optical capture, imagine the layering you could do in post by extracting z-axis information. Another way to "fake" 3-d by forcing the layer separation.
Very cool stuff to muse over. The song sounded nice too.
[Mark Suszko]"You know, the logical extension of this is to shoot a much higher rez and map HDRI textures to the data, then you basically have a cheater's version of 3D TV"
Yep. The possibilities seem pretty cool, eh? I read a little bit about this technique for the making of the 'I Am Legend" movie in order to make New York look deserted. They essentially used the laser information to help reskin and digitally recreate Times Square. Cool stuff. Couldn't find the orginal article I saw, but dug this up somehow: