Technology is pretty amazing when you take a moment to stop and truly appreciate how far things have come. Back when our folks were kids, they were filming silent, choppy videos on Super 8. And today? There are a number of mobile
apps available to shoot hiqh-quality video -- with sound! -- on your smartphone
. One of them is Instagram
, which now supports time lapse videos.
It's called Hyperlapse, and it allows you to take high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. That's a pretty big deal -- taking time lapse videos usually requires holding a phone or camera perfectly still while you film what's going on. However, Hyperlapse comes with built-in stabilization technology to mimic what used to only be possible with pricey hardware.
"We designed Hyperlapse to be as simple as possible. You don’t need an account to create a Hyperlapse. Instead, you open up straight to the camera. Tap once to begin recording and tap again to stop. Choose a playback speed that you like between 1x-12x and tap the green check mark to save it to your camera roll. You can share your video on Instagram easily from there," Instagram stated in a blog post.
Not every situation calls for a Hyperlapse video, but when applied appropriately, you can create some nifty videos like the ones you see on television. Some examples include documenting your commute to work or down a scenic path en route to nowhere in particular, preparing a meal, or catching a sunset.
Hyperlapse is available now
for iOS -- no word yet on when Android and Windows Phone users will be able to join in the fun. In the meantime, you can learn more about Hyperlapse from Instagram's help center