Instagram Launches Time Lapse 'Hyperlapse' Video App

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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]

    Article Link: Instagram Launches Time Lapse 'Hyperlapse' Video App
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Really interest in some hands-on reviews by lay folk...
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    For the 5 minutes I tried it, I have to say I'm impressed. Works as advertised.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Whilst I think that hyperlapses look great I don’t think people realise how long you have to leave the camera running for to get anything of a decent length.

    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.

    Sadly as-well, I think they show off every option that an average joe can create in the trailer!
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Revolutionary. O.m.g. Instagram pushing the boundaries!!


    (They should increase their photo size limit above 1000 x 1000, video should too)
  6. macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2013
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Wow, I usually don't complain much about similar brands, but this time it's a specific name for the same field of technology. :S I honestly forgot I read that Microsoft had researched "that" Hyperlapse and thought that this technology was what this app was going to be about... :p Seriously poor naming here.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2002
    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.
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    Um...whats the point of releasing an app for an iOS device feature coming out in 2 weeks?
  10. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    I'm surprised Schiller didn't save this for the iPhone Keynote and bore the crap out of everyone.

    The apple team really needs to stop with the boring demos. I'm predicting another Infinity blade game - infinity blade 3?!?!?!??

  11. macrumors 68040


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Nice technique when used sparingly. Guess we're going to see it everywhere now.

    Oh well.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    I'd love it if someone could tell me the difference between "time lapse" and "slightly sped up and stabilised video"

    Also, how are you going to get a decent, true time lapse unless you hold your phone up (or set it down somewhere undisturbed) for hours at a time?
  13. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Their APIs are actually fewer and more limited. Seems most iOS developers don't touch most of the APIs available to them though sadly.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    I am not really the one to answer but my thoughts are:

    timeplapse is with photos. This allows for a much higher definition, plus no audio and using images only, shot every so often.

    Sped-up Video is an always running camera. the clarity won't be as good. Sure 1080p is fine but with the time-lapse, when you stabilize, you can still be at or higher than 1080p. Video usually eats up more battery life.

    We need to get an iPhone vest attachment to make some of these. I saw a video of walking in an amusement park once, pretty cool. Thought about this last year when we went to Disney but my iPhone 4 was starting to get sluggish...much worse now.
  15. macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2006
    Agreed, i dont really see the use-case for this app... its not any different than shooting a video and playing it back at 10x speed... you still have to film for the entire time you want to make a time lapse - and arent time lapse videos usually meant for things that take weeks at the very least? to show changes in things that normally you wouldnt notice a change just staring at it?

    Oh great i can time lapse a sunrise if i hold my camera up for an hour... meanwhile i miss the beauty of the sunrise cause im staring at mt phone's screen...
  16. macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2010
    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.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    MS's HL isn't bad

    I watched the video for MS's version and it was really cool. Still not sure what I would use it for, maybe when on vacation or something.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2004
    Around the World
    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!

    "all this on your 16Gb iPhone" ;)
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    As long as Facebook is attached to the app, no thanks.
  20. macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Apply Hyperlapse to Vine videos and you get Viccup videos, so short you don't actually have to watch them!
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    Looks awesome. Would be great to use for our upcoming vacation, unfortunately, the 5s's battery sucks.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    New Zealand
    Exactly! It's a pathetic show reel. I'd rather they show a proper timelapse video rather than just ordinary events sped up.
  23. acearchie, Aug 26, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2014

    macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Hyperlapse is usually a time-lapse with added movement horizontally or vertically (or both) and on a large scale (e.g. 10m+ over the course of the clip).

    I don't think there is any official definition as I think that hyper lapse was actually coined by a filmmaker that started making time lapses with more movement than a controlled slider.

    This is a really good example of a professional quality hyper lapse

    Maybe I didn't make myself clear. The trend is for things to get shorter and shorter (vine, instagram video). I think unfortunately this will bore the younger generations too quickly! When was the last time you shot a 5 minute clip on your iPhone?

    I'm happy to be proved wrong as I love creating this sort of content but sadly I think it won't be widely adopted.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2010
    Looks good

    I downloaded it to give it a try one of these days. iOS 8 has a timelapse feature, but it doesn't let you choose the speed like Hyperlapse does.
  25. macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2013
    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.

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