After more than nine months of lab testing, Microsoft’s hyperlapse video technology has made its public debut.
A new set of Microsoft Hyperlapse products for mobile users, pro filmmakers, and developers condense long first-person videos into a succinct package.
Perhaps most excitingly, Hyperlapse Mobile makes it easy for anyone with a Windows Phone (and some Android models) to turn a bumpy bicycle ride or stroll in the park into an artistic foray, easily shared with friends and family.
“That technology will come as a welcome relief to anyone who’s ever sat uncomfortably through a real-time video documenting those types of excursions,” Microsoft News Center’s Allison Linn wrote in a blog post.
Professional shooters and video enthusiasts, like photographer Nick Didlick, can dip into Hyperlapse Pro for Windows PCs. A pro shooter, Didlick always wanted to make a ski movie, but lacked the pricey equipment or time to film. Recently, however, he visited a Canadian ski resort with some GoPro cameras, a few athletes, and Microsoft Hyperlapse.
The Pro version, available in free public preview, “opens up possibilities that were previously difficult, if not impossible, for even serious filmmakers to achieve,” Linn said.
Redmond has also opened the doors to developers via Hyperlapse for Azure Media Services, which is currently available in limited free public preview, and allows users to integrate hyperlapse options into websites and apps.
The tech giant announced Hyperlapse in August. It’s built by Johannes Kopf, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, and their process involves identifying and rending footage from different viewpoints on a new camera path, which avoids the bumps and turns of the original video.
First-person camera shots tend to record shaky, uneven footage. So, simply speeding up the video amplifies those movements. To make the smooth movie produced by Microsoft Hyperlapse, the researchers developed an algorithm that renders, stitches, and blends various frames “that showcases the essence of the original video,” Linn said.
“On the one hand, I would like to see a hyperlapse video going up Mt. Everest,” Kopf said. “But on the other hand I also want to see tons of amateurs use this for everyday stuff. I want to see people doing hyperlapses of their work commute.”
For inspiration, check out the Microsoft Hyperlapse YouTube page, with videos of a safari, a Swiss train ride, and a walk through a famous Spanish market.
Microsoft Hyperlapse, meanwhile, is not to be confused with Instagram Hyperlapse, which brings time-lapse videos to mobile.