How to Make Hyperlapse




About: Hi, my name is Nikodem Bartnik. I live in Poland, I'm 18 years old. I like to program and create robots, devices and things. In the future, I want to start a company that creates new technology. Right now I ...

I'd like to show you how to make hyperlapse. Few days ago I started building motorized slider for time lapses. During reading and watching others peoples timelapse I found hyperlapse. After watching few videos on YouTube I know that I must make my own hyperlapse. Why? Because it looks awesome and didn't require lots of equipment. You need only tripod, camera (or just smartphone) and free time. Sorry for video quality but my computer is really no good for editing films.

Step 1: What Is Hyperlapse?


Hyperlapse is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. In contrast to a simple motion timelapse – dolly shots, which are realized with short camera sliders; in hyperlapse photography, the camera is being moved through very long distances.

So hyperlapse is timelapse with longer move.

Step 2: What You Will Need

You will need camera (or everything that can make photos), tripod and a lot of time :) You don't need expensive tripod to make hyperlapses, I bought my tripod for $20 and it works very well.

Step 3: Setup Camera

If you have timelapse mode in your camera set it for 10-30s between every photo, else (like me) you need to take photos manually. The best way to take photos manually is use stopwatch. On my movie you can see that sometimes clouds jump from one place to another it's because I didn't do pictures at regular intervals. Fix your camera/smartphone to tripod.

Step 4: Take Photo

You need to choose one thing (it can be logo/window/screw on the building or tree/building, evrething which is still) and this thing must be in one place on every photo. You can see how to make it on the images above.

Step 5: Move Camera

On images you can see how to move camera. You can move it every foot/tile/centimeter what you like. You can also draw lines on the ground with chalk.

Step 6: Repeat This Many Times

You need to repeat it many, many times. To make my video I took 1400 photos and it 53 seconds length.

Step 7: Make a Movie From Photos

So now it's time to sit to computer and make movie from photos which we made previously. To do it you can use every movie editor (even movie maker). I use pinnacle studio 17 because I have it.

You need to set length of every image to 0.040 seconds (to get 25 fps). Remember to stabilize your movie before exporting (it's not necessary but with it movie will be much smoother). You can add title, transitions and play with colors to get "film look".

Step 8: Conclusion

Have fun during making hyperlapse. If you like my project add it to favourite. Remember to leave a comment :D
Thanks for reading.



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    9 Discussions


    Question 4 weeks ago on Step 7

    What do you mean by stabilizing?


    3 years ago on Introduction

    For a tool that makes rendering everything from super-slomo to hyperlapse easy, take a look at Respeedr from ProDAD. It's not free ($99), but then neither is the time it takes to do this kind of thing manually - plus it does things that can't be done manually at all, like creating interpolating frames for slowmo. (I'm not affiliated with the product in any way.),l-us.html

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    I thought about it, but $99 it's too much. And making it manually doesn't take a lot of time. Taking pictures takes more time than editing it :) Thanks for comment.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah - I wish it was cheaper, but as I said it does do things that can't be done at all by hand, especially for that super-slomo that suddenly slows action to a crawl and then speeds it up again. They use this effect in a lot of commercials and I needed to do it, so I bit the bullet. It's certainly worth the price, but only if you need to create these kinds of effects fairly frequently.