Unlike prolapsing, hyperlapsing is awesome. Above is an hours tour through Colombo compressed into a few minutes (and edited in iMovie). We shot it on an iPhone running the app Hyperlapse, from Instagram. The tech itself is amazing. I really think that personal video is on the cusp of becoming as ubiquitous and high quality as personal photography has done.
What’s wonderful about this Hyperlapse thing is that it’s one button with a bunch of tech behind it. In the background the app is stabilizing the image constantly by referencing the iPhones gyroscope. It essentially crops out the camera’s vision to leave some extra on the side. When you tilt your hand it tilts the image to compensate, keeping everything within the crop steady. The Instagram Engineering Tumblr is worth reading on how they do it. It’s really interesting and really impressive.
Image stabilization is the holy grail of personal video. It’s what separates pro from per. Until now any personal video would be, in my words, janky. It would bounce up and down and be jarring to the eye and, ultimately, the storytelling.
As you can see above, that’s a timelapse I did a few years ago of the Southern Expressway using a GoPro on a tripod mounted in front of a van. It’s not stable. If you compare to the Hyperlapse videos it’s night and day. As a note, the app Steady is also pretty good for stabilizing regular video, though Hyperlapse also lets you save stuff not sped up.
The other awesome thing about this app is that it brings joy to the mundane. This, for example, is Janith just running around the YAMU office.
It’s a tiny moment but speeding it up makes it fun, it makes you perceive it in a different way, it brings joy.
In short, cool app.