Yesterday, Instagram introduced us to Hyperlapse- their new app focusing on creating ‘cinematic quality’ time-lapse videos.
The app is able to condense long, shaky time-lapse videos into smooth, professional(ish) clips. The brains behind the Hyperlapse app have used the built-in gyroscope to further develop their original technology, the image stabilizing algorithms are used to iron out the shakiness than many time-lapse videos shot with smartphones suffer from, therefore allowing users to shoot videos with their iPhones without worrying about restricting their movement to prevent shakiness.
The app is simple to use, users don’t need an account to create a hyperlapse video. The app immediately takes you to a camera, you then tap once to begin recording and tap again to stop- with a time indicator. You can also change the exposure and focal point by tapping anywhere in the capture field. Unfortunately videos can only be shot in portrait orientation at this stage. You can then choose a playback speed between 1-12 times the original speed, then simply tap the green tick to save it to your camera roll or the red cross to discard the video.
Once the video has been recorded using the app and the edits have been made/chosen, users can either share it to Instagram or Facebook or save it to their camera roll.
The company have suggested that they chose to develop Hyperlapse as a standalone app as this allows users can create videos up to four minutes long whereas Instagram limits video length to 15-seconds.
The app is currently only available on iOS as developing an Android version of the app would require changes to both the camera and gyroscope of the phones, so there is still work to be done. The app is free to download from the App Store for iPhones and iPads.
This new creative app has been a hit with our beards in the office and we’re keen to play around and test it out- we’ll update with our videos soon!