Last week, we brought you news of Instagram’s brand new Hyperlapse app, which beat Microsoft to the punch and heralded what looks to be a brand new age in smartphone photography: the ability to record super-smooth time lapse videos that won’t give your audience motion sickness. Today, we take a closer look at Hyperlapse from Instagram to find out if it’s all that.
The first thing you’ll notice after you download the app is the fact that you don’t need a working knowledge of photography to make it fly. In many ways it’s a video capture app far simpler than what’s likely already on your iOS device. Bonus points for Instagram for delivering an app that doesn’t force you tap through an endless tutorial or otherwise confusing wizard to show you how to use it. In the good old tradition of those easy to use cameras we all cut our teeth on, Hyperlapse from Instagram is an honest-to-goodness “point and shoot” experience.
Setup is minimal, and it doesn’t even require you to have an Instagram account. All it requires is access to your device’s camera (obviously) and your device’s microphone (which isn’t required, but is probably a good idea). At that point, you’re ready to rock and roll and capture all of your daring or ridiculous exploits in fast, fluid motion.
Recording is facilitated by tapping on a circular record button at the bottom of the screen. To stop recording, just tap the stop button in the same location. After recording has been completed, you’re instantly given a preview of your hyperlapse video playing in a constant loop at 6x speed. A slider at the bottom of the screen lets you adjust the playback speed, which ranges from 1x speed to 12x speed.
Once you’ve decided what speed your eyes are most comfortable with, a single tap of a green checkmark icon saves your hyperlapse video to your iOS device’s camera roll. A red X icon can also be tapped to discard the video, or defer selection of your desired speed for later by choosing an “Edit Later” option.
Naturally, because it’s an app developed by Instagram, Hyperlapse videos are fully sharable across that platform, as well as Facebook. Those hoping to bring Hyperlapse over to LinkedIn or those hanging out in the 140-character confines of Twitter need not apply.
Hyperlapse from Instagram (which has been named such to differentiate itself from another app also named Hyperlapse that does something totally different) requires iOS 7.0 or later and runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. As with most other apps of any desirable caliber, it’s been optimized for the iPhone 5. It’s available now as a free download from iTunes.