Microsoft's new 'hyperlapse' technology will change the game for timelapse videos

We have all seen them, videos taken from a GoPro of someone doing something absurd and we love being able to view it from a first-person perspective. But sometimes, even these videos can become a bit sterile and you tune out rather quickly.

Microsoft has created a new technology that it is calling 'hyperlapse' and as you can see in the video above, it takes ordinary video and gives it new life in a way a traditional timelapse, cannot. 

The technology works by taking multiple frames and using them to create new frames so that transition between frames is smooth, albeit it can be a bit pixilated at times. You can see some of the distortion on the rock-climbing video. Still, it feels a lot like what Microsoft has done with Photosynth, but for video.

The end result is quite impressive and does a much better job than simply speeding up the content. Because the technology can remove the bouncing from videos, especially when used on a head mounted camera, then end result is a quality piece of content.

We hope that Microsoft brings this technology to market and lets the wide world of GoPro users tap into the technology as it makes first person videos far more interesting.

Source: Microsoft

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Thy're probably using frames from video and combining them into scene with Photosynth and then smoothly moving through that 3D space. When they reach space where there is no enough data, they rebuild scene from more frames. You can see detail loss and then it comes back as he moves around.

Looks great. The other techniques couldn't get anywhere near that...

wait for it......5 years from now someone else will "reverse engineer" this tech then release it and then everyone will use it then, while Microsoft's version gets thrown to the dogs.

rocksturdy said,
wait for it......5 years from now someone else will "reverse engineer" this tech then release it and then everyone will use it then, while Microsoft's version gets thrown to the dogs.

Silly isn't it? Of course Patents will be licenced by MS!

This is a terribly badly written article - with a small amount of research the writer would have found that "hyperlapse" is a far from new term. It isn't a word that Microsoft have come up to describe something they have done but a word that describes a specific time lapse procedure. What Microsoft have done in their videos is the same thing that can be achieved using image stabilisation such as is included in Adobe After Effects, an a hyperlapse procedure which is pretty much implicit with a moving camera such as a GoPro.

Although the subject matter is somewhat different this video shows the result too:

http://vimeo.com/74145280

while those adobe tools can do some stabilization, this is far beyond what they can handle. I have used them and couldn't even achieve anything remotely as smooth as MSFT given they are literally creating new frames from what it looks like a 3D-photosynth like mesh. this is far more advanced and no doubt the comparisons once it is released will show.

I'm not disputing that what Microsoft has done might be clever - I'm pointing out that hyperlapse is not a new or Microsoft related technique.

so a smaller selection of frames determined by a mathematical formula, then just timelapsed?
whatever the method, that's awesome

Very nice piece of work. As an ex video editor, the worse thing was always trying to get an entire 5 minutes of footage in to 20 seconds of space. This actually makes this finally look passable.

Shiranui said,
Nice. But, if you have the money, you might as well shoot with a video cam that has 10x the framerate.

Wouldn't replicate the above unfortunately.
I was thinking the same as i have some footage shot here at 120 fps but no amount of fiddling can get it any where near the above. There must be a lot more going on than just "adding frames".