Microsoft researchers have made leaps and bounds in their efforts to rid the world of jerky, unwatchable time-lapse video shot on GoPro and other head-mounted recorders. Called Hyperlapse, the process eliminates much of the inherent camera shake and erratic motions that remain present even with the use of video stabilization.
Developed by a trio of Microsoft developers, Johannes Kopf, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, Hyperlapse runs the raw video through an algorithm that smooths out the jumps and jolts and delivers an experience far easier on the eyes and equilibrium.
This is accomplished by reconstructing the 3D camera path, determining geometric proximities, and spitting out a smoothly rendered video that plays at 10x speed.
Online demonstrations have shown the end result to be imperfect, and a detailed demonstration on how the technology works is overly technical and a bit hard to follow, but the implications are refreshing for skydivers, skiiers, mountain climbers, and other action sports enthusiasts interested in sharing their first-person experiences in a more viewable format.
The developers have indicated that they are working diligently to wrap the technology up in a Windows app, but there’s no further information on how soon it will hit market.