Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Hyperlapse by Instagram, part of Mobile Photography Weekly.
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- Hey there. Sean here. And I'm out at the beautiful Demetria Estates Winery and Vineyard in Southern California. Just a wonderful morning here, got some cool fog. And what we're gonna be doing today is exploring Hyperlapse by Instagram. So Hyperlapse is a pretty cool app that, as the name might suggest to you, has something to do with time lapse. But it's different from a normal, more conventional time lapse. What Hyperlapse does, its, instead of covering something over a really long duration of time and compressing it, it's covering things over a shorter duration of time.
Still compressing it and speeding it up if you so choose. But, the cool thing about Hyperlapse is that it has a software video stabilization algorithm that it is applying to the rendered video. So that's what's really cool about it. The other thing that's different from a regular time lapse is it's not designed to be on a tripod, it's designed to be in motion. So you can be hand holding the phone and moving through the scene shooting your video and the video stabilization in the app will make the final video a lot smoother than it would be if you didn't have that app working for you.
So, let's just take a look at this. I'm going to go into my video group here and open up Hyperlapse. Now, one interesting thing about Hyperlapse, it has, you know, one of the most hidden Preference menus of any app I've ever seen. It kind of is a real secret handshake sort of move to get in here. Sometimes I get right on the first try, sometimes it takes me a few tries. What it is, is it's a four-finger tap. A claw. A four-finger tap, I gotta tap it four times. Let's see if I can get it on the first shot here.
Ah, I got it. So, here's what this looks like. We've got the ability to choose a different resolution, 1080p or 720p. The default is 720p, now part of that is because the way that the Hyperlapse video stabilization works is, it does crop in slightly to try to sort of match things up and smooth out the video. In tests that I've done, this morning at this vineyard location and in other places, haven't really seen that much of a difference between 1080p and 720p in terms of the stabilization effect.
So, I'm gonna choose 1080p just because I wanna have the largest resolution video file available and that is the max size I could do on this iPhone 6. So the other thing that I could do is I could choose a different frame rate, between 30 or 24 frames per second. I'm just gonna leave that at 30, that's fine. And then I can choose different rendering speed options. So the rending speeds are available to you at the end, after you shoot the video, you can choose how fast or slow you wanna render it. The default I think it comes up with is about eight times.
I can choose here between normal, which is one time to 12 times or expanded which is one time to 40 times. I don't need it that fast. I know from experience 40 times would be way too fast. So I'm just gonna leave that set to normal there. One cool thing though, is that when you do choose your rendering speed, is that instead of just the speeded up version, you can actually render it out at one to one and then you have a video that plays at normal speed. But you still get the advantage of the app video stabilization, so that's pretty cool. I'll just close these preferences here.
And what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna go down this vineyard row here, down to the end of the tree, make a turn and come back up. I'm gonna kinda pretend that I'm doing a fly over, like I've got this miniature air craft here and flying over the vineyard. Alright, let's go check it out. And off we go. Now, you don't need to be moving at any special speed. You don't need to go slower than normal. You don't need to go faster than normal.
And this is really rough ground here. And I think I'm gonna swoop down a bit and get a lower angle. Now this is gonna go by fast if I render it out at a speeded up speed. You wanna keep it at that lower angle for a while, otherwise it would just go by really quick. So I'll keep it down there at that lower angle. And then maybe come up a little bit, show the tree at the end of the row. Maybe I'll swoop over here a little bit like I'm gonna buzz the blossoming vines here.
Get really close there to some of those vines. Gonna come over here, again channeling the idea that I'm in some miniature aircraft here. Alright, so now I'm gonna come down here to the end of the tree, or the end of the row where the tree is. I'm gonna kinda pan up here. And do a swoop back around like this. Come up this other row.
And the same thing, maybe I'll come over and buzz these guys a little bit. Hey, it's good exercise walking uphill in a freshly plowed vineyard row. And you wanna be careful, you don't wanna have too much erratic motion because if it's speeded up, you don't want people to get motion sick as they're watching it. Alright, so, this at the end here, I'm gonna do my swoop up into the trees and stop it.
Alright, so, You can see there, down at the bottom here I've got about a two minute video. If I render it out at the current speed, which is six times, it'd be nineteen seconds. This is where you choose your speeds. So I'm going to speed it up a bit. There's 10 times. Really fast, too fast. Then I can go one time. Now this is where I turned the corner.
And you can see that it's doing a really nice job stabilizing it. You know, I was walking up uneven territory, the phone was bumping. But it's still doing a really nice job stabilizing that footage, so that's really cool. I think for this one, I'm just gonna render it out a little faster. If I do it at four times, that'll give me a 29 second video. Ah, maybe I'll do it at six times the nineteen second one, there we go.
Alright, we just need some, you know, action music there and it could be like an adventure movie. Okay, great, I'm gonna tap the check mark button. And now the app is gonna render it out, take a few seconds to do that. It doesn't take too long and then it'll be done. Rendered out at 1080p. So, the really cool thing about using Hyperlapse is that you can use it maybe to jazz up some other video projects, maybe it's just gonna be a little insert that you put in just for a little bit.
Or, you might wanna use it just as a stand-alone film to commemorate some cool location you were at, or maybe some process that you were going through. Maybe you wanna document a walk you take every day with your dog or something like that. It's a really fun app. Give it a try.