One of the features iPhone users had a leg up on over Android and Windows Phone users was the ability to take time lapse videos through the use of the Hyperlapse app developed by Instagram. That’s changed as now both Android and Windows Phone users can take and share their own time lapse videos from a new app developed by… Microsoft. Hyperlapse Mobile allows users to create timelapse videos using your mobile device at 2, 4, 8, 16, or 32x speed, while Hyperlapse Pro allows you create timelapse videos up to 25x speed in single speed increments.
A key component to making great time lapse videos is reducing the amount of shake involved. A Microsoft Research Graphics project researcher, Neel Joshi came up with an interesting solution to try and reduce the amount of shake present in the resulting time lapse video.
Rather than stitching together various pieces of frames, he created technology that looks for entire frames that have the most overlap with each other. Instead of just arbitrarily choosing every 10th frame, for example, the system might pick out the first, 12th, 18th and 29th frame.
This development, elements of which were also incorporated into the pro version, allows the hyperlapse to disregard a sudden jerk or jump, seeking out only the most compatible parts of the video. It’s being presented at this year’s highly regarded SIGGRAPH industry conference.
Joshi said the pro and consumer versions also rely on video stabilization technology that Microsoft researchers had previously developed, which further reduces the jerkiness often associated with first-person videos.
I (of course) tested it out this morning and I must say I’m pretty impressed. Not only is it easy to use with its simple interface – simply select to record or load an existing video then adjust the speed slider – but the resulting video was a lot smoother than I anticipated considering some of the bumps along my morning commute. With the desktop Hyperlapse Pro app, an additional setting lets you choose which model of GoPro or Sony HDR camera you used for better processing. I had better success with a video taken within the Hyperlapse Mobile app, a 3 minute clip that I’d previously taken rendered into an 8 second clip at 8x speed on the Hyperlapse Pro desktop app and the same clip rendered into a 14 second clip at 8x speed on the Hyperlapse Mobile app when the clip should have been just over 20 seconds.
Check out an 8x and 32x time lapse video below, as well as a fun 8x clip from Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious (sans sound unfortunately, just a few quick tests!). If you watch the speedometer/logo in the lower right corner in Forza Horizon 2 clip, you get a great idea of the shake reduction that is going on during processing. Unfortunately at this time, all hyperlapses are processed and saved at 720p and Microsoft is considering enabling 1080p for higher end devices.
Hyperlapse Mobile and Pro are both in preview beta modes at the moment and only support a subset of devices with support for more on the way. On the Android side, the Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, Note 4, Nexus 5, 6, 9, HTC One M8, M9, and Sony Xperia Z3 are supported. On the Windows Phone side, owners of Lumia 435, 530, 532, 535, 630, 635, 636, 638, 640, 640 XL, 730, 735, 830, 930, and 1520 as well as the HTC One M8 can test out the preview.
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