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Instagram launches time-lapse app Hyperlapse

Published on Aug 27, 2014 7:00 AM
Picture of the app Hyperlapse running on an iPad. --PHOTOS: INSTAGRAM

Photo-sharing service Instagram has announced a new free app called Hyperlapse, which lets users create time-lapse videos easily on their mobile devices.

Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the video’s captured frame rate is much lower than that used to view the sequence. This causes time to be appear to move faster in the video. Time-lapse photography is often used to show subtle changes that happen over a long time period, with some common uses being the recording of sunrises and sunsets, traffic on a busy street or flowers blossoming.

Hyperlapse currently lets users record up to 45 minutes. Users can then select how fast they want the video to be sped up, from the regular playback speed of 1x to 12x speed. Instagram says that the app uses image stabilisation technology to instantly stabilise and smooth out shaky footage, creating a cinematic look. The created time-lapse video can then be saved to the smartphone’s camera roll, or shared directly to the user’s Instagram or Facebook account.

Hyperlapse is available only for iOS devices and will launch globally in Apple’s App Store today at 1am local time.