Late last year, Microsoft previewed some promising technology that turned videos into automatically-stabilized hyperlapses. That technology is starting to make its way to mass market, and the results are promising.
This week, the storied technology company released Microsoft Hyperlapse, a multi-platform software solution for creating smooth hyperlapses from lengthy video clips, presumably first-person clips shot on a smartphone or action camera. Here's a quick preview of what it can accomplish:
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The technology is currently available on three platforms, two of them mobile. Obviously Microsoft Hyperlapse is available on Windows operating systems, both desktop and mobile, but it's also up and running as a beta for Android users if you join the Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile for Android Preview Community. Here's a brief look at Hyperlapse Mobile:
Microsoft also has a desktop version of the software called Hyperlapse Pro that works on Windows 7 and beyond. Take a look:
What's most significant about Microsoft Hyperlapse is the advanced smoothing features that it brings to the table, at least with the Pro version. One of the biggest obstacles to creating mesmerizing hyperlapses like this one is the tedious post-production process of stitching together photos in order to create something that flows smoothly. While Microsoft's Hyperlapse isn't necessarily as "smooth as butter" yet, the potential is certainly there. The other significant facet of Microsoft Hyperlapse is its cross-platform availability. Although it's not likely ever going to make it's way to Apple platforms, it's still reaching a much wider audience through the Android market. Plus, iOS users have the Instagram Hyperlapse app, so at least there's that.
Even though these apps are being marketed towards everyday folks who just want to spice up their first-person or selfie videos, there's definitely some potential here for filmmakers who want smooth kinetic hyperlapse footage, but who don't necessarily want to do it the old-fashioned way.
You can learn more about Microsoft Hyperlapse and download all of the various apps over on the Microsoft site.