Microsoft today is releasing a beta version of its brand new time-lapse smoothing tool. The Hyperlapse app is available for Android, Windows Phone, and a desktop version, Hyperlapse Pro is available as a free trial preview for Windows PC.

Microsoft Hyperlapse

Hyperlapse is a photography process that stitches together individual frames of a time-lapse video in order to make it look like one, smooth shot instead of a choppy, jumpy mess.

Almost a year ago, Instagram launched a time-lapse smoothing tool (also called Hyperlapse) on iOS that would allow users to take video from within the app that would be automatically edited with a paired-down version of the technology. The results were pretty amazing.

However, Microsoft’s version of Hyperlapse looks to be much more robust, using image processing instead of just the internal gyroscope or accelerometer of a mobile device. One of the benefits of this process is that Microsoft Hyperlapse can be used to smooth time-lapse videos taken on any device, including a GoPro camera. You can even use old videos taken a long time ago.

According to The Verge, Microsoft’s Hyperlapse reconstructs a full 3-D camera path and stitches pixels together to create a smooth video result. It also uses image recognition to stabilize video that is taken of a person.

In addition to the mobile version of Hyperlapse, which is available in beta from the Google Play store for Android and the Windows Store for Windows Phone, Microsoft has created a more robust version for Windows desktop. Hyperlapse Pro is designed for two types of smoothing. In the standard mode, you can process it faster for less camera motion. The advanced mode is for footage from digital cameras like the GoPro. It allows you to control the speed and resolution results.

Microsoft is launching Hyperlapse Pro as a free trial version with a watermark. The company plans to release a paid version later this year. There is also a cloud based version called Hyperlapse for Microsoft Azure Media specifically for developers that wish to integrate the program into third-party websites and apps.

To join the beta for Android, join the community first. Then, visit the link listed on the community page from a supported device to download the app. Currently, Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile for Android is only available for Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, Note 4, Google Nexus 5 & 6, Nexus 9 tablet, HTC One M8 and M9, and Sony Xperia Z3.



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8 replies on “Microsoft’s ‘Hyperlapse’ time-lapse smoothing editor comes to Android, Windows”

  1. So it interpolates between frames, what’s the big deal? Thar’s nothing new. Somebody bit onto the marketing hook on this one!

  2. Desktop app looks good – I’d pay for it now, plz!

    Happily opens my 4K camerphone videos (XAVC @50Mbps) and lets me render out at 1440p and 38Mbps (doesn’t offer 1080p output from 4K source, for some reason, odd). So pretty good – Certainly a step up from most consumer video toy apps that think You Tube quality 12Mbps is an acceptable output file.

  3. I use this simple Formula:

    Me installing MS apps on my precious Android = Not gonna happen! πŸ˜€

    1. Good thing, they might steal your uh.. well… hmm.. font?
      Microsoft has probably been waiting years to get their hands on the Roboto font.

    2. me using Google services on any device = not gonna happen ;P

      BTW, you do not trust Android sandbox then at all, do you? πŸ˜‰

    1. Not everyone wants to watch someone else’s life in real time… Many people would use this to upload videos to Youtube, etc… and GoPro type videos can cause motion sickness if watched as is… While speed isn’t the only point, but also smoothing of the video so it looks more steady and professional…

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