Instagram today launched a new standalone video app called Hyperlapse, which is designed to allow users to capture high-quality time lapse videos enhanced with built-in stabilization features. According to the app's description, the image stabilization allows users to create "polished" time lapse videos that would normally only be possible with the use of a tripod.

In an interview with Wired, Instagram reveals that its image stabilization feature uses the iPhone's gyroscope to measure the camera's movement, which allows video to be stabilized with a simple algorithm.

Hyperlapse mimics the time lapse feature introduced with iOS 8, but it includes customization features not found in Apple's own time lapse capabilities. Along with image stabilization, the app also lets users choose a playback speed, from 1X to 12X, and it can capture short bursts of video or shoot all day long.

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When you shoot a time lapse video with Hyperlapse, your footage will be instantly stabilized to smooth out the bumps from the road and give it a cinematic feeling. Capture an entire sunrise in 10 seconds--even from the back of a moving motorcycle. Walk through the crowds at an all-day music festival, then distill it into a 30 second spot. Capture your bumpy trail run and share your 5k in 5 seconds.

Though created by Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, Hyperlapse does not require an account to log in and it features a simple interface with one-tap video capturing capabilities. It also includes sharing tools to let users share time lapse videos to both Instagram and Facebook, but videos can also be saved to the camera roll.


Hyperlapse can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

DipDog3 Avatar
92 months ago
According to the Wired article, Hyperlapse is not currently possible on Android because it lacks the proper APIs.

I always thought Google was years ahead of iOS in the features department. Guess I was wrong.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
heimo Avatar
92 months ago

Take the take-off in the promo for example. We’re looking at at least 3-5 mins

Holy crap! Talk about a serious commitment. I don't know anyone in this internet era that could do anything for such a prolonged time. 3-5 minutes! I could understand 3-5 seconds.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
prehnra Avatar
92 months ago
Same name as that Microsoft thing?

Microsoft also has a thing called Hyperlapse: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/11/microsofts-found-a-way-to-banish-gopro-shakycam-footage/

These don't seem to be related (except that both are image/video processing processes) and I can't see those two companies working together.

Did they not google the name first?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LordBeelzebub Avatar
92 months ago
This is not really time lapse in the traditional since where you take still photos from the same angle multiple times or a period of time then put those photos in a slideshow/video format. All this app does is record video then fast motion it to simulate time lapse.

My only issue is it has a misleading description and it doesn't actually do what they have you believe.

However this capability does have benefits, it's good for recording Vine videos.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
morespce54 Avatar
92 months ago
[...]Take the take-off in the promo for example. We’re looking at at least 3-5 mins of filming!

My arm gets tired and wants to drop off way before that. [...]
True. Actually, a time lapse "video" is better with a fixed camera taking a few pictures each hour... for days. Like when you want to show/see a growing plant or melting snow. Otherwise, as mentioned above, it's pretty much a few minutes of video on fast-forward!

[...]the app [...] can capture short bursts of video or shoot all day long.[...]
[...]videos can also be saved to the camera roll.
"all this on your 16Gb iPhone" ;)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Arran Avatar
92 months ago
Nice technique when used sparingly. Guess we're going to see it everywhere now.

Oh well.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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