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Make your own hyperlapse with Google Street View

This clever tool will piece together a stunning hyperlapse using imagery from Google Street View.

This clever tool will piece together a stunning hyperlapse using imagery from Google Street View.

A hyperlapse is a collection of photographs that have been meticulously pieced together in a video. It differs slightly from a time-lapse because each exposure is generally taken from a different vantage point, and the resulting video simulates movement by the viewer, rather than by the subject. Imagine a time-lapse on wheels, and you're in the right ballpark. Normally, creating a hyperlapse is an arduous process, whereby the photographer has to move a tripod in a uniform manner and capture thousands of images to piece together in video.

This tool, created by Teehan+Lax Labs, takes all the hard work out of making a hyperlapse, with users being able to input a start and end point on Google Maps. Then, the tool automatically crunches together a hyperlapse based on Google Street View imagery of the route.

To show off the tool's capabilities, the video below shows a number of different paths cut together and set in motion.

Google Street View Hyperlapse from Teehan+Lax Labs on Vimeo.

You can create your own over on the Teehan+Lax site, though do be aware that videos are limited to 60 frames per animation to lessen the computational load. As pointed out by photography blog PetaPixel, if you're keen to tinker around with the tool and generate higher frame rate videos, the source code is freely available on Github.

Plot a start and finish point for your hyperlapse using the online tool, then it will automatically generate the animation. (Screenshot by CBSi)