Hyperlapse – An Instagram standalone app for time lapse videos

Hyperlapse  has been launched by Instagram as a standalone app for making super easy time lapse videos. It is like using a 15000 dollars video equipment for free. This is the second standalone app launched by Instagram since its acquisition by Facebook for 1 billion dollars in 2012. The first was an ephemeral photo sharing app, Bolt available in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa for iOS and Android.

Instagram software engineers Thomas Dimson and Alex Karpenko presented their idea at the company’s first pitch-a-thon to the employees. Once the duo was allowed to share the beat version of Hyperlapse among the employees, its popularity made Facebook give the green light to launch it as a standalone app.

The app has a stabilizer which allows users to create time lapse videos while they are moving. The users can then choose a playback speed between 1x and 12x, and share the video on Instagram or Facebook.

Instagram’s video stabilization technology was built through the acquisition of Luma in August 2013. The original Luma app enabled users to edit the stabilization, brightness, contrast and saturation of videos recorded on mobile devices. Luma participated in the Y Combinator and Stanford StartX startup accelerator programs before becoming Instagram’s first acquisition as reported by Forbes.

“Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film,” stated Instagram in a blog post. “Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.”

The app is available for free on iOS app store while the Android users may have to wait as the application development for Android is still under process due to the changes required to the camera and gyroscope APIs on Android devices.

Check out video submissions by various users on Youtube using Hyperlapse to create time lapse videos.

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