The power of Instagram’s Hyperlapse, in one clever video


A professional timelapse photographer put aside his fancy tools this weekend and relied on just his iPhone. With Instagram’s new timelapse app Hyperlapse, Nathan Kaso shot a two minute video of a bike ride around Melbourne. Over the course of the clip, the viewer gets a fascinating glimpse into city life in Australia. Through Kaso’s eyes, we see sidewalks along the oceanfront, soccer teams on expansive fields, sunny skateparks and firepits, courthouses, statues, landmarks and theme parks.

It’s the kind of video that would have been boring if it appeared at a normal pace, and nauseating if it didn’t have Hyperlapse’s stabilization technology. But with time sped up, as a new type of filter, the visual story changes. The content becomes easily digestible and addictive to watch.

Although Hyperlapse may not take off with the masses, I suspect we’ll see some powerful videos coming from the app. It inscribes a certain poetic emotion to routine life. Imagine viewing protests in Ferguson, a hike up Half Dome, or a tour of a music festival through the Hyperlapse lens. Since it condenses time, it allows people to see far more activity then they might otherwise have patience for.



no love there yet.. by the looks of it, its just another time lapse app thats called itself hyper cos thats apparently in fashion now.. nothing in their sales pitch mentions smoothed out motion sensor based stabilization, which is what this intragram version is all about.. best use for that andriod copy is from their blurb “Some classic subjects of time lapse photography include: cloudscapes and celestial motion, plants growing and flowers opening, fruit rotting, evolution of a construction project and people in the city. Using Hyper Timelapse app you can see things that are not obvious at real time speeds – for example the stars or shadows moving.”


“Nathan Kaso shot a two minute video of a bike ride around Melbourne.”

Wasn’t this a one minute thirty second video?

Christopher Wood

I’m a little underwhelmed but, as you suggested, I’m sure more creative purposes will be explored.

Christopher Wood

I’m a little underwhelmed but, as your suggested, I’m sure more creative purposes will be explored.


Reblogged this on Taste of Apple Tech and commented:
I think this was actually one of the few “spin off” apps that pretty much works. Unlike the reaction to Facebook Messenger, this seems to have a good deal of positive feedback and a purpose beyond creating an ecosystem of apps. It’s also pretty slick, which goes a long way.

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