Microsoft's Hyperlapse Video Demo Shows Unbelievably Cool, Smooth Time-Lapse Video Playback - HotHardware
Microsoft's Hyperlapse Video Demo Shows Unbelievably Cool, Smooth Time-Lapse Video Playback

Microsoft's Hyperlapse Video Demo Shows Unbelievably Cool, Smooth Time-Lapse Video Playback

If you record your outdoor adventures with a helmet-mounted camera, you’re going to love this. A trio of Microsoft researchers have solved the problem of shaky time-lapse videos with a method they call “hyperlapse.” Where speeding up a long video used to create a surreal, stuttering movie, hyperlapse lets you take your viewers on a smooth, fast ride. Check out the video for some samples that will have you itching to strap on that GoPro and head out for a bike ride or some rock climbing.



Microsoft researchers Johannes Kopf, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliki say in a post on Microsoft’s research site that the hyperlapse method determines the input path of the camera and then establishes a similar path that is close to the original path, but is smoother. Viewpoints are selected and then the input video is re-created by “rendering, stitching, and blending” the frames. The hyperlapse method isn’t available for us mortals just yet, but the Microsoft team says that a Windows app is in the works. So far, 2014 seems to be shaping up as a big year for Microsoft and cameras.
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This is hot. The urban scenes looked flawless and and even the close-up climbing shots with visible stitching had such a pleasant surreal effect. The footage looks like a crane shot you'd see come out of hollywood. Curious whether or not it will be licensed to Adobe or Apple for movie making purposes or if you'll have to rely on the Microsoft app when it's released.

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