Instagram has launched a brand new standalone app – Hyperlapse. It promises to make your videos look like something only thousands of pounds worth of rig equipment could have previously (and it’s been already proved hugely popular, leaping to the top of app download charts within hours of launch).
Using a special image stabilization algorithm Hyperlapse promises smooth professional timelapase video clips – a technique where video is captured at a far lower frame rate than normal, then played back at a standard frame rate. The resulting footage makes longer periods of filming appear to happen in real time. We headed to BoxPark, just outside our offices, to try Hyperlapse for ourselves.
The app works off the iPhone’s own gyroscope (instead of searching for for scene references like angles), you don’t even have to have an Instagram account to use it – although you will need an Iphone, plans for an Android version are just in the works. The user interface is incredibly simple and even a grey August afternoon looked impressive when played back. You can read more about the technicalities behind the app on Instagram’s blog.
You’ll be hard pushed to find much more than a series of dizzying ad agency tours quite yet but with cool builds like this (Hyperlapse meets Google Street View) we’re looking forward to seeing what users create.
If you’ve downloaded the app let us know what you thought, or share a link to your video, in the comments below!