Microsoft has recently released its Hyperlapse tool – in Windows, Windows Phone and Android formats.

I decided to put it to the test with a video shot on my commute home. I shot the video at quite a high frame-rate which probably didn’t help. Anyway, the result of the software is below. At the moment the software is in beta and the watermark comes as standard on the desktop version of the software.

After a first pass, the video then shows you the Hyperlapse results alongside a simply sped-up version of the footage using Premiere.

Hyperlapse Test from Adam Bowie on Vimeo.

For some reason there are some odd timing issues despite me using the same start and end points. I’m not sure if this is a question of the settings I used in Hyperlapse and the odd high framerate I used, or perhaps it’s part of the hyperlapse process.

Either way, you can see that there’s a distinct difference between the two videos, with a significantly smoothed output using Hyperlapse.

Being picky, there is a blue tint to the video, and you can see in the comparison that the original video has a more realistic colour pallette. My particular Sony ActionCam (AS15) – does not appear in the presets in the software. For those with one of those cameras – all models of GoPro for example – there are more settings that can be tweaked.

For the record, the camera was mounted on my Brompton’s handlebars, and although the camera has some image stabilisation, pot-holed London streets allied with small wheels usually mean a lot of vibrations in the camera (on a couple of occasions I had to right the camera a little as the mount was causing the camera to point upwards a bit too much).

Playing With Hyperlapse

Hyperlapse Test from Adam Bowie on Vimeo.

Instagram has released a new app called Hyperlapse. It’s iOS only at the moment (I tried it with an iPod Touch). And there’s an argument whether it’s actually “hyperlapse” in that it’s really stabilising and smoothing video. Microsoft has an awesome test video which shows a far more sophisticated approach and it’s well worth checking out.

But in the meantime we have this.

No sound, and I’m not sure it’s the best example I could have shot. I’ll try some more.