Instagram introduced video a while ago and it’s now branching out with a dedicated video app. The app not only records video and allows you to create time lapse style videos, but it also produces a steady version of the footage too. Now you can record videos without having to worry about shakes and sudden movements that are sometimes obvious when recording videos on your phone.
The effect has been used in many films both to speed up the journey a character may take or to have a smooth transition as the camera moves between two points.
You can see Instagram’s introductory video below, which they posted on their official account announcing the app.
Daring Fireball posted a snippet from Wired upon the release of Hyperlapse.
From the profile by Cliff Kuang for Wired:
By 2013, Dimson was at Instagram. That put him back in touch with Alex Karpenko, a friend from Stanford who had sold his start-up to Instagram in 2013. Karpenko and his firm, Luma, had created the first-ever image-stabilization technology for smartphone videos. That was obviously useful to Instagram, and the company quickly deployed it to improve video capture within the app. But Dimson realized that it had far greater creative potential. Karpenko’s technology could be used to shoot videos akin to all those shots in Baraka. “It would have hurt me not to work on this,” says Dimson.
“It would have hurt me not to work on this” — that’s the sort of passion that leads to great new products.
It’s true, Microsoft published a paper and a video on Hyperlapse but it’s Instagram that have bought it to the market. Microsoft’s video is a great insight into how the technology works and it’s great to have something in the palm of your hand that traditionally would require a lot of expensive equipment.
Examples of Hyperlapse
Here are some examples of Hyperlapse videos for your viewing pleasure.
As you can see, Instagram users have already gotten creative with the new Hyperlapse app.