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Instagram introduces Hyperlapse

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Instagram has just released its new mobile video app, Hyperlapse. Hyperlapse is the technique of creating a high speed time lapse video clip.. The results of processing a time lapse video clip using Hyperlapse is a video with a frame rate at intervals up to 12x normal speed producing a stabilized silky-smooth video clip instead a shaky, bouncy video without a tripod or other gear. This is the same effect you see in movies were the camera follows the action smoothly using an expensive steady cam rig.

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Hyperlapse is a separate app from the Instagram service, and there is no account associated with using the Hyperlapse app. You can take a video clip that’s as long as 45 minutes and reduce it down to about 10 minutes with your mobile device. As sophisticated as Hyperlapse is, using the app is straight forward and easy. Hyperlapse uses the gyroscope from your camera’s stabilization technology. Then all you do is tap once to begin recording and tap again to stop. Choose a playback speed that between 1x-12x and tap the green check mark to save it to your camera roll. That's it. You can then share your video on Instagram or Facebook.

The new app is however, only available for devices using iOS 7.0 or later. Sorry Android, Instagram say that for now they can’t develop an Android app because, “We really want to bring Hyperlapse to Android, but unfortunately the requisite APIs are not currently available on the Android platform.” Okay. Well Microsoft announced earlier this summer that they had developed a more advanced hypserlapse technology that uses a similar algorithm from their Photosynth photo/video technology. The Microsoft tech uses 3D modeling to not only create a smooth hyperlapse video but visual depth as well. So stay tuned for further announcements on that front. However, if you own an iOS 7.0 device, then head on over to the iTunes store and download Instagram's Hyperlapse app now.


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