Make time travel with time-lapse video apps

Time-lapse videos used to be a pain to shoot but now with smarter apps the task has become simpler


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Photo: iStock

A sunset crunched in 3 seconds. A party shortened to a few minutes. Time-lapse videos used to be a pain to shoot but now with smarter apps they’re as simple as, well, taking a selfie. Here are a few apps to turn you into a video pro.

Hyperlapse

If you’re an Instagram workhorse, Hyperlapse is the app for you to capture a speedball video. The app smoothens hand-held videos using a fantastic image-stabilization software that uses data from your phone’s gyroscope to measure and remove frames that are shaky. Run, walk, jump, fall, drive and take a video and get a cinematic feel without lugging around a selfie stick or a tripod. All you need to do is hold the phone camera up, shoot a video, choose how fast you want it to go (it can speed up your videos up to 12 times) and upload. The only downside of the app is that it is available only on iPhones.

Free on iPhone and iPad. Hyperlapse.instagram.com

Microsoft Hyperlapse

One of the few apps to create timelapse on Windows Phone, the Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile comes with a simple, easy-to-use interface. It offers 32x speed, so you can crunch hours of videos into a few minutes. And you’re not limited to just the app. You can import any video, taken anywhere and speedball them up. What we also loved is that it can record 1080p videos. That’s pro- quality video for free and just right to be seen on the biggest screen in your home. This app can also stabilize videos, though that happens only if you choose 1x speed.

Free on Windows Phone and Android. Research.microsoft.com

Framelapse

Build by Noida-based computer engineer Nishant Singh as part of his project in the last year of his B.Tech course, the app comes loaded with features to take a hyper video. You can adjust the frame interval, speed, zoom, autofocus, adjust white balance, choose the front or back camera, set video resolution and take a video in landscape or portrait. You can also set up a video duration to stop recording automatically. So just place it in a corner of a party and let it do all the work while you mingle. The Pro version, which costs $2.99 (around Rs204), has added advance functions like sleep mode that reduces battery drain while recording and customization of the length of the video, exposure and frame interval.

Free on Android. Neximolabs.com

OSnap! Pro

Meant for users who want to dig deeper into the world of timelapse videos, OSnap offers multiple-level controls for both timelapse and stop-motion photography. You can create new projects or work on ongoing projects in either portrait or landscape mode. In addition, you can use the front, back camera, flash, zoom, add sound or music and adjust white balance, exposure and focus. The app can shoot at 1080p anywhere from 1-200 frames per second. It also includes editing features to duplicate, splice, reverse, mix or edit pieces of your time-lapse sequences. Perfect to delve into if the party is boring. One of the forthcoming updates for the app will include the ability to create 4k projects.

$3.99 on iOS. In-app purchases $0.99 onwards. Osnapphotoapp.com

Time Lapse Video recorder

The app offers a complex array of features for your video before shooting it. You can lock the screen, set white balance, exposure, shutter sound and adjust either frames per second. If you set the recording duration and the video duration you want it to be saved as, the app will automatically calculate the frame interval, giving you a finished video at the end of the recording. Other useful features include switching between front and back cameras, adding sound, and specifying the video duration for the output video.

Free on Android

GorillaCam Pro

Brought to you by GorillaPod creators, GorillaCam is a one-stop camera app that can create time-lapse videos, animation videos, stop-motion or rapid-fire snaps. You can even use GorillaCam on one device as a remote control for the app on another device. Put it on a self-timer, rapid-fire burst or anti-shake camera mode. Experiment, play, enjoy. In time-lapse it lets you set the capture and playback times so the app takes a series of photos and stitches them together in a video while you find something else to do. Set the number of shots, the interval between shots and playback frames per second or if you already have a series of photos, just stitch them into a video.

$1.99 on iTunes. Joby.com

Lapse It

Lapse It has been around since a while and does that single thing really well—capture and share time-lapse videos. Downloaded more than a million times, this old horse has no restrictions on capture length or frames, offering a whopping 240x speeds. You can even import image sequences from your DSLR or GoPro and the app will stitch them for you. Add a song from your library as the soundtrack, adjust exposure, focus, white balance and scene mode or play with effect filters. The captured video can be trimmed, time stamp can be added, made into square mode or made to play backwards. It also offers stop-motion and clay animation mode and lets you schedule the capture’s start and stop. Once done, you can upload directly on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and others.

Free on Android and iPhone. In-app purchases from Rs59.99 onwards. Lapseit.com

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