Yesterday, the folks at Instagram unleashed yet another amazing tool for capturing your world in photos and video. Instagram revolutionized taking simple square photos, applying filters to them, and then sharing them with friends and followers. The free Hyperlapse app from Instagram adds motion to the mix -- time lapse motion -- and it's already jumped to the top of my folder of photography and videography apps.
Unlike Instagram, Hyperlapse is universal. That should make those who love shooting photos and videos with their iPads happy -- and from what I see there are a growing number of people who do exactly that. Hyperlapse is insanely simple to use: you launch the app, tap on the image to set a focus and exposure point, then tap the one big button on the display to begin recording.
As the recording progresses, Hyperlapse is taking a series of images and capturing the movement of the iPhone or iPad. The latter is very important, as it allows the app to provide professional-quality image stabilization without requiring a lot of processing time. While recording, you'll also see a "real" elapsed time in minutes and seconds, as well as the length of your time lapse recording at a 6X speedup.
When you're done recording, just tap the button again. You see your time lapse on a simple screen with a "check mark" button for processing, a "red x" button for deleting, a time marker, and also a slider. The slider allows you to take your time lapse from a 1X speed (that is, real time) to 12X (one minute of filming yields 5 seconds of video). What happens with the 1X speed is that you get an almost cinematic quality smooth image, as if you're filming with a Steadicam or a dolly setup.