Media Visualizations - illustrations


Illustrations for:

Manovich, Lev. “Media Visualization: Visual Techniques for Exploring Large Media Collections.” in Media Studies Futures, ed. Kelly Gates (Blackwell, 2012).

(See other examples of media visualizations created by Software Studies Initiative, see www.flickr.com/photos/culturevis/collections/.)


Each image below is linked to a high resolution version on Flickr.


visualization of one million manga pages on HIPerSpace

FIGURE 1: Exploring a visualization of one million manga pages on HIPerSpace visual supercomputer.



Time_covers_upto_1990.Red_frame_tag_composition

FIGURE 2: Image plot of 4,535 covers of Time magazine (Jeremy Douglass and Lev Manovich, 2009). X-axis: publication dates. Y-axis: average saturation of each cover (mean value). Red borders are placed around the covers tagged as “compositions.”



Mapping Time

FIGURE 3: Montage of all 4,535 covers of Time magazine organized by publication date (1923 to 2009) from left to right and top to bottom (Jeremy Douglass and Lev Manovich, 2009).



Kingdom Hearts videogame traversal

Kingdom Hearts II videogame traversal

FIGURES 4 AND 5: Kingdom Hearts video game play visualizations. William Huber and Lev Manovich, 2010. Left image: Kingdom Hearts (2002, Square Co., Ltd.). Right image: Kingdom Hearts II (2005, Square-Enix, Inc.). Each game was played from beginning to end over a number of sessions. Kingdom Hearts game play: 62.5 hours of game play, in 29 sessions over 20 days. Kingdom Hearts II game play: 37 hours of game play, in 16 sessions over 18 days. The video captured from all game sessions of each game were assembled into a singe sequence. The sequences were sampled at six frames per second. This resulted in 225,000 frames for Kingdom Hearts and 133,000 frames for Kingdom Hearts II. The visualizations use every 10th frame from the complete frame sets. Frames are organized in a grid in order of game play (left to right, top to bottom).



YZ_Time_covers

FIGURE 6: Slice of 4,535 covers of Time magazine organized by publication date (from 1923 to 2009, left to right) (Jeremy Douglass and Lev Manovich, 2009). Every one-pixel wide vertical column is a sampled from a corresponding cover.



Eleven_montage_1fps

FIGURE 7: Visualization of The Eleventh Year (Dziga Vertov, 1928). The film is sampled at one frame per second. The resulting 3,507 frames are organized left to right and top to bottom following their order in the film.



Eleven_Montage

FIGURE 8: Visualization of The Eleventh Year (Dziga Vertov, 1928). Every shot in the film is represented by its first frame. Frames are organized left to right and top to bottom following the order of shots in the film.



Eleven_shots_averages_framediff.60000


FIGURE 9: Visualization of The Eleventh Year (Vertov, 1928). Each column represents one shot in the film using its first frame (top row) and last frame (bottom row). The shots are organized left to right following their order in the film.





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