Instagram is launching a new video app called Hyperlapse. The app, which captures time lapse videos while in motion, is the product of the company's acquisition of the startup, Luma, last year. Hyperlapse is Instagram's second stand-alone app. Last month, Snapchatcompetitor, Bolt, was launched outside the U.S.
Hyperlapse is a pretty impressive creation. Time lapse videos usually require sophisticated and costly tools. The secret to Hyperlapse can be found in its built-in stabilization technology that allows users to capture moving time lapses and create high quality cinematic videos at the same time.
For software engineers Thomas Dimson and Alex Karpenko, the challenge was to simplify a complicated image processing idea. Karpenko sold Luma to Instagram last year. He started working on the algorithm in 2010, using the iPhone 4's camera.
Since smartphones didn't have enough processing power to support heavy video-editing software, Karpenko relied on the iPhone's built-in gyroscopes. He eventually got the approval of Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom.
Hyperlapse is easy to use. Opening the app, you are immediately presented with a camera. Tapping the button will commence recording. Just tap it again to stop. Next, select the playback speed between 1x to 12x and tap on the green button to save it. You can learn more about the app here. Also, check out the video after the break.
Hyperlapse is currently available on iOS, although an Android version is the works. In an interview with Wired, Instagram said that an Android version will require certain changes to its camera and gyroscope APIs.