After releasing Bolt, Instagram has announced another standalone app – and it’s amazing. Called Hyperlapse, it allows you to shoot timelapse videos like a seasoned veteran and with far more expensive equipment than your iPhone.
Hyperlapse uses the iPhone’s gyroscope to measure a smartphone’s movements while it is recording a video, and this data is them crunched via an algorithm that results in super-stabilised footage that was previously only possible with powerful desktop video editing software.
On the outside, Hyperlapse’s UI is very minimalist, offering only a record button in the frame. Once you’re done recording, you’re then shown another minimalist interface, with a slider near the bottom of the screen to set the speed of the footage from 1x all the way to 12x. Once you’re done with that, you can then choose to share the video on Facebook, Instagram or both.
For now, Hyperlapse is only available for free on iOS. Android does not yet have the camera and gyroscope APIs that Hyperlapse needs, and for that reason, there is no estimated release date for Hyperlapse on Android.
Interestingly, earlier this month Microsoft also revealed a startlingly similar project – also called Hyperlapse. While the end result is the same – beautifully stabilised timelapse footage – it appears Microsoft’s approach is a little more technical, using more complex algorithms to achieve the same goal. You can view more of Microsoft’s Hyperlapse videos and technical explanation here.