It has barely been a month since Instagram launched their messaging app, Bolt, and already they’re introducing another potentially fun app! Wait, did we say potentially? We take it back.

Just yesterday, the picture social sharing app makers launched “Hyperlapse”, an app that does time-lapse videos. You know what a time-lapse video is, right? It’s a video technique that captures footage at a lower frame-rate than normal.

Instagram Hyperlapse 2


Traditionally, making a time-lapse video would require you to hold your phone or camera still while you film. But with Hyperlapse from Instagram, the built-in stabilisation technology will help you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality, and feel.

Oh, and just so you know, the traditional way of making a time-lapse video requires pricey tracking rigs that can typically cost up to tens of thousands.

To use, Hyperlapse users just need tap to record and tap again to stop. Then you can select the playback speed, making shots up to 12 times faster. Videos are then saved to the camera roll and can be shared to Instagram or Facebook from there.

In short, you will be able to capture an entire beautiful sunrise or sunset in 10 seconds, or video your experience while walking through the heart of music festival, or record your outdoor run, then narrow it all down to a video that’s only about a few seconds long. After that, you can show your Hyperlapse videos off to your friends on Instagram or Facebook!

Mercedes-Benz USA have already started playing with it:

All that and without compromising the essence of your video “story”, so to say.


Other Hyperlapse features include:

  • * Shoot handheld time lapse videos in motion— while you’re walking, running, jumping or falling.
  • * Smooth out your video for cinematic quality with automatic stabilization.
  • * Speed up your hyperlapse to be up to 12 times the speed.
  • * Share your videos seamlessly on Instagram and Facebook or save them to your camera roll to share anywhere, anytime.
  • * Start filming immediately with a simple design that gets out of the way of your creativity
  • * Download and start capturing. No sign up or account required.

Who needs bulky tripods and expensive equipment eh?

Instagram Hyperlapse

The downside, however, is that it’s currently only available via the Apple App Store for now.

We’re pretty sure a version for Android will be released a little later so hang in there!

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