Microsoft Hyperlapse brings smooth time-lapse videos to Windows and Android
So for a minute there, when we heard that “Hyperlapse” had just reached Windows, Windows Phone and Android, we thought that the Instagram service had just left iOS exclusivity. As it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case. Hyperlapse is definitely one of the coolest apps iOS has to offer, and it seems that you’ll get some of that love on other platforms, but from another source.
Microsoft has just launched its own Hyperlapse service for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone, and in a nutshell, you’re getting a very similar experience to what Instagram’s Hyperlapse already provides for iOS. You’re given the option to create smooth time-lapse videos on your mobile device. You can record in the shakiest of environments, and later export this video with minor to now shaking on the final footage. There’s also a Hyperlapse Pro version that Microsoft is launching, that will initially be a preview, but will then evolve to being a paid service, unless you’re willing to put up with a watermark. This Pro version will only work in Windows initially as well. Microsoft does confirm their approach to Hyperlapse is different though, stating that:
“For the version of Microsoft Hyperlapse designed for mobile devices, Neel Joshi, a researcher in Microsoft Research’s Graphics group, tried something a little different. Rather than stitching together various pieces of frames, he created technology that looks for entire frames that have the most overlap with each other. Instead of just arbitrarily choosing every 10th frame, for example, the system might pick out the first, 12th, 18th and 29th frame.”
The App supports a bevy of current Windows Phones, and Android devices as well obviously. Now in the case of Android, keep in mind that you’ll have to join its Google+ community before you’re given the opportunity to download it, as it’s currently a preview. Let us know what you think about the experience in the comments.