App review: Microsoft Hyperlapse

We take Microsoft's time lapse app for a spin.
App review: Microsoft Hyperlapse

Time lapse videos look awesome – just think of those iconic documentaries where flowers grow before your eyes. But if you want a time lapse video of a journey, you have a problem. The movement of the camera creates a really shaky video when playback’s sped up. That’s where Microsoft’s new Hyperlapse app comes in.

Hyperlapse makes your time lapse videos look perfectly smooth, no matter how much you’re moving. The technical wizardry that lets it pull off this incredible trick took 10 years to develop, and it was time well spent. Take a look at the video below if you don’t believe us.

Thanks to all that time developing the app, it’s now incredibly easy for us to create professional-looking videos.

The app has two buttons, Import a video and Record a video. When you import a video, it’s just a case of finding the file on your phone and letting Hyperlapse do its thing. If you want to record a new video, you’ll get a three buttons on the view finder - one to switch from the back to front camera, one to turn on the flash and one to start or stop recording.

We took the app for a walk in the park and this is the result:

The actual experience of using the app was really good. It was simple, worked well and never crashed. But the quality of our video doesn’t seem that great. The video flashes as the camera’s been adjusting its exposure value as it moves around, which creates a weird strobe effect. Having said that, Hyperlapse has done a very good job of smoothing the video.

Microsoft’s Hyperlapse is still in development, but if you have a Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone or one of the Android phones listed below, you can sign up to be a tester. And if you want to check out some more examples of what Hyperlapse can do, head over to the Microsoft Hyperlapse YouTube channel.

To get Hyperlapse on Android, you’ll need one of these devices running Android 4.4 or later:

Google Nexus 5
Google Nexus 6
Google Nexus 9
HTC One M8
HTC One M9
Motorola Droid Turbo
Moto X
Moto G1
Moto G2
OnePlus One
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Xiaomi Mi4
Xiaomi HM NOTE 1S CT

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