Hyperlapse Like a Boss
Last week I travelled to Spain for a few days – holidays do not feature often in my timetable, so I savoured the moments in the sunshine and the chance to eat plenty of tapas. On the journey from the airport, I shot a short video from the dashboard with the new(ish) timelapse app: Hyperlapse. I can assure you I was not driving at the time! This app is made by the good people at Instagram (aka Facebook) and allows iPhone users to shoot super smooth time lapse videos. We wrote about Hyperlapse when it first launched earlier this summer and the team at G&I all took to this simple app. Since it launched, there have been two notable additions to the functionality: selfie lapse (the ability to shoot from the “front” camera) and recording sound (but of course sped up sound bites would sound horrific so this last feature only works if you finalise at 1x speed).
We can be sure there will be more updates to this simple-to-use app, but meanwhile the developers are developing, here are my top 5 tips for shooting and sharing great Hyperlapse videos:
Shoot horizontally. This will give your video the wide screen look, as opposed to the narrow, upright look which I achieved from the dashboard in Spain.
Share with #hyperlapse. Unlike Instagram, Flipagram and Vine, Hyperlapse does not have user profiles or social features, so to take part in the Hyperlapse community, you must share elsewhere. Unsurprisingly the Hyperlapse app only gives you the opportunity to push to Facebook and Instagram while still inside the app. On Facebook at least you can post the full video, regardless of length but over on Instagram you might well be forced to crop your video, as the maximum upload size is just 15 seconds, so keep to 1 minute shoot if you want to share straight to Instagram without cropping. Instagram only works with square images, so only the middle part of your shot will make the final cut but it does bring the added bonus of adding a filter to your video.
Move slowly. Remember your footage will be sped up so avoid making sudden movements during the shoot, try to act like you are in slow motion (and try not to wobble!).
Access the Hyperlapse Lab. Launch the app and then tap on the screen 4 times with 4 fingers (this is not a joke) to see the settings. Once inside the Hyperlapse Labs, you can adjust the resolution, frame rate, and a number of sound levels as well as enable an option to save unstabilized videos to your camera roll and choose calibration mode where you can tweak exposure levels without having to save your test video to your camera roll (space can be an issue). In the “lab” you can also select to turn on Hyperlapse Extreme which affords you two more speed options, x24 and x40 which could help when shooting longer videos. Once you save your settings, you will find Hyperlapse has a wonderfully American personality. Just wow. That’s all I’m saying.
Upload to Youtube. Once you finalise your Hyperlapse, it will save automatically to your camera roll – upload to Youtube so you can enjoy all the benefits of adding music, a keyword rich description, annotations and access all the other editing tools, plus the embed code so you can display in a blog post like this.
Those of you wielding iPhones and have updated to the new iOS8 might have noticed the time lapse video feature now comes as standard on your device. Let me know on Twitter if you prefer the iPhone version or if (like me) you are hooked on Hyperlapse.