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(Update: more devices supported) Microsoft's Hyperlapse Beta lets you create beautiful time-lapse videos on Android
Update, May 18: Microsoft released an update to Hyperlapse Beta including some bug fixes and support for these additional devices:
- Xiaomi Mi4
- Motorola Droid Turbo
- Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Original post, May 14: Microsoft has just released its Hyperlapse Mobile application to Android, but only as a beta version. The app, which is now available on Android, Windows Phone and on the desktop, allows you to create super smooth time-lapse videos with ease.
Normally, speeding up videos seems like an easy way to make your content much more exciting, but that only accentuates each and every shake and stumble your smartphone camera happens to capture. But with Hyperlapse Mobile, you can capture video and convert it into a sped up, smooth piece of footage at speeds ranging from normal time up to a 32x speed up.
There’s a lot of interesting technology behind this app, and here’s a small glimpse from Microsoft:
Rather than stitching together various pieces of frames, (Neel Joshi, a researcher in Microsoft Research’s Graphics group) created technology that looks for entire frames that have the most overlap with each other. Instead of just arbitrarily choosing every 10th frame, for example, the system might pick out the first, 12th, 18th and 29th frame.
The application lets you record footage and upload previous videos you’ve taken with your smartphone’s camera. If you’d like to upload additional footage that’s not kept on your smartphone, you can download the Hyperlapse Pro preview app for the desktop.
Since the Android app is only in beta for now, you can only use Hyperlapse on the following devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge and Note 4
- Nexus 5, 6 and 9
- HTC One M8 and M9
- Sony Xperia Z3
Want to try it out for yourself? First you’ll need to join the Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile for Android preview Google+ community. After that, head to this site to become a tester. Lastly, head on over to the Google Play Store to download the application. Be sure to let us know how you like the app!