The process doesn’t have to be time consuming, either. All you have to do is feed it into Microsoft’s new Hyperlapse app and let it take care of the heavy lifting. The app is available for Windows PCs and phones and you’ll also find it in Google Play for your Android device (just register on Microsoft’s preview page first and it’ll pop up for you shortly after).
There’s a Hyperlapse for iOS devices, too, but it’s actually an older app made by the folks at Instagram and it doesn’t work the same way as Microsoft’s new app. Hyperlapse for Instagram only tunes videos that you capture using the app itself, while Microsoft’s app can process video files that were created with just about any camera — including your GoPro or the one mounted to your quadcopter.
How does Hyperlapse work? According to Micorosoft, the app starts by creating a sort of 3D map of the environment that’s being filmed. It then figures out what the primary path through that environment is and starts dropping frames from the original video and stitching scenes back together into a time lapse.
While you’d think that dropping frames would result in something that looks like a bad 80s music video, the clips Hyperlapse produces are actually remarkably smooth. It’s not just action cam footage that looks cool, videos you’ve captured with your smartphone can look just as good. Heck, you could probably even get some pretty amazing results from digitizing old 8mm video and running them through Hyperlapse.