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Instagram Hyperlapse app creates smooth time-lapse video

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A couple of weeks ago we wrote about a new Microsoft technology that turns shaky first-person camera footage into a stabilized hyperlapse video. While the initial results looked quite promising Microsoft could not provide a time frame for an official release of the technology in a mobile app or desktop software package.

Now it seems Instagram has beaten Microsoft to market. Today the makers of one of the most popular mobile image sharing app have announced Instagram Hyperlapse for iOS. The app converts videos of up to 45 minutes (10 minutes on the iPhone 4) into smooth and stable time-lapses with a speed of up to 12x faster than the original. The process is very simple, no account is needed and no settings have to be adjusted. Users simply open the app and start shooting. 

Petapixel reports that Hyperlapse started as a side project of a small team at Instagram but initial results were so popular with the the entire office that the decision was made to turn it into a product. The app uses less complex technology than Microsoft and simply grabs spacial position data from the phone’s gyroscope to stabilize your videos. The same technology is used to digitally stabilize videos in Instagram's main app. Results can be shared straight to Instagram and Facebook.

Due to a lack of required APIs there is currently no Android version of Hyperlapse but we would hope the Instagram developers find a way to work around this limitation sometime in the neare future. iOS users however can head over to the iTunes Store now to install and try the app. Watch the videos in this article for samples and more information about the technology.

Source: Instagram | Via: Petapixel


  

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Digitall

Simple and Cool. I like. But, I never upload to Instagram. Account deleted a long time ago. I keep the video on my library.

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CameraLabTester

One thing ironical about the Instagram Hyperlapse app is that it operates within the Instagram name, which we all know is limited to ferociously boring square framing.

The Hyperlapse experience works best on 16:9 framing such as what can be supported on Facebook.

A lot of users are uploading to Facebook instead of Instagram.

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Almeida

Hyperspeed is the perfect speed for the ADD civilization we live in today.

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huyzer

I'm curious if there will be a fight between Microsoft and Instagram for the Hyperlapse name?

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CameraLabTester

The finished video resides on the phone as a normal (not hyperlapsed) file BUT with a striking difference: It is as if a "steady cam" was used for the shot! The whole length has been "fixed" by the app!

This can be uploaded on Facebook™ and viewed as a normal widescreen video (depends on phone) with the shake, rattle and roll taken out!

Now THAT is a great plus!

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Lars Rehm

Thanks for reporting!

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CameraLabTester

What I have mentioned up there is the result of choosing the 1X speed, then saving the video.

The default is 6X speed. As soon as the video capture is finished, a slider appears to let you choose what speed you would like. Choosing 1X speed would output a normal video with steady cam effect.

Once you save it on the chosen speed, you can't go back to the original file.

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luben solev

That's great news CameraLabTester. This is the exact thing I was asking Lars below. Does the finished video keeps its original audio though, or is the audio discarded?

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CameraLabTester

The audio is intact at the 1X speed setting.

In the initial set up, allow Instagram Hyperlapse to access your phones microphone for the audio to be captured.

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luben solev

Sweet. Looking forward to the Android version of the App!

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luben solev

Lars, does the app have to speed up the motion?

You mention speeding it up up to 12 times. But what if you want to keep the motion at 1x speed, but just smooth it out. Could it do that, or is the speeding up essential to the smoothing process?

I'm asking as if the app does not have to speed up the footage, this could end the need for steadycam use. Then one could keep the audio that goes with the video.

I'd check it myself, but I'm an Android man, so no access to the app as yet.

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Lars Rehm

haven't tried myself yet, am traveling and have no iPhone with me, but apparently it is between 2 and 12 times, so it sounds as if there is no original speed option. Maybe somebody who has tried it can weigh in?

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CameraLabTester

The free app has only one button on the interface to start the video. Nothing else. The app has a mind of it's own.

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luben solev

Thanks for the speedy reply Lars. Best of luck with the travelling!

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graybalanced

I have the app. The slowest playback speed is 1x, or real time. I shook it around a bit during capture and it clearly tries to compensate even at 1x.

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sharkcookie

tried it, works great! Awesome. I only wish I could import footage from a different camera. But I guess they are using the gyroscope of the phone/device to stabilize which would not be available with imported footage.

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joe6pack

Seems much better than Microsoft's hyperlapse.

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ptox

Totally different - Microsoft's can stabilize existing video; this one requires the video to be shot in the app.

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joe6pack

That didn't change the fact that Instagram's video is much better.

So what if they used gyroscope data? Maybe it is the way it should have been done. Google / Go Pro maybe scrambling to add API to store gyro data to its video right now.

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ptox

I think you'd need to make a number of simultaneously-recorded videos with both technologies to see which is really "better".

I wonder how well instagram's tech would handle the rock climbing video from MS - the original had dozens of quick head movements in wildly different directions, but the processed video was still smooth and watchable.

And obviously, MS's tech is better than Instagram's for any video not made with their app.

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dbaechli

Nooooo Android ,-( Yet ,-)

Now I have to download and try it on my iPad and walk around blockheadstile..

I have high hopes, though, that it will be a huge success and come to other OSs soon. Well, maybe not to Windows Phone....

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Lars Rehm

Apparently Instagram has already said there will be an Android version soon.

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dbaechli

That would be excellent!! Looking forward to it. Who's got an iPhone anyway *lol* ,-)

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graybalanced

What Instagram has said in other published articles is that they intend to do an Android version, but "soon" has a big dependency: First Android must provide the necessary low-level API access to gyroscope and camera data, which apparently Android can't do now. If that's true, understand that no matter how hard Instagram works on an Android version, the date of "soon" can move no closer until Android adds what iOS already has.

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dbaechli

I don't think it is a general Android OS issue, but the problem might be that you have a great variety of Android versions and since it is a pretty open platform all the manufacturers can make their own ROMs and brandings. So a hard task to write the software, if the processing is so different from device to device.

iOS on the other hand is just running on pretty limited number of devices (in terms of variety, not units out there), so same kind of video capturing, same kind of image stabilisation and processing.

In the end I'd say I'd rather skip the app but have a wide choice of devices starting from 80 bucks going up to 800, instead of having the limited options starting at a couple of hundreds going up over a thousand that Apple are offering..

And in the end, if Instagram doesn't make it happen, someone else will find a trick for the Android lovers. In the mean time, I might give it another try on that iPad mini I've got lying around here. Somewhere ,-)

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KAMSA

Nice technological solution !

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hemi71cuda

Really cool. My main concern is how much storage space does it need to do this? I don't have enough space on my phone at the moment to record a 10 minute video for this thing to speed up. So if the recording occurs within the app, does it record the full video then convert it or does it occur in real time?

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KAMSA

I think thats not any worry worth, you upload and it will be processed then you download it, and get the result, so,....

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Lars Rehm

Are you sure the processing is don in the cloud? Uploading a 45min 1080p video needs A LOT of bandwidth.

Also, you don't have to upload a 10min video, you can shoot a shorter one to try out the app. I am actually pretty sure the processing is done on the device.

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hemi71cuda

I know you don't have to do it with a 10 minute video, just using it to illustrate my concern/question about required storage capacity.

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CameraLabTester

The goal post keeps drastically being uprooted and implanted further at a head spinning rate!

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Lars Rehm

yeah, kinda cool what can be done if a computer is attached to your camera :)

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