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Hyperlapse (iOS) review:Flawless time-lapse videos, no skills required

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The Good Hyperlapse's image stabilization helps you shoot remarkably smooth and steady videos.

The Bad The app has limited editing features, so you'll need to share your videos to the main Instagram app to add filters and shorten them.

The Bottom Line Hyperlapse is great for creating time lapse clips, but it performs more like a feature that belongs in the main Instagram app rather than a standalone app.

7.2 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 5
  • Interface 7
  • Performance 9

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First it conquered filtered photos, then ventured into 15-second videos, and now Instagram is taking a stab at time-lapse video. But instead of just adding a new feature to its existing app (available for iOS and Android ), the Facebook-owned company created a new, free iOS-only title called Hyperlapse.

The new app has a simple interface that's little more than just a camera viewfinder. With it, you can record long or short video of any moving objects, then speed up the playback to create a time-lapse effect. However, Hyperlapse lacks filters and lighting effects, the key features that made Instagram so popular in the first place. There's no social aspect either. Instead, you'll need to share your videos to Instagram to add special effects and share it with friends.

Despite its limited features, it performs well at shooting time-lapse video on the fly, and it can even compensate for your poor camera skills with its robust stabilization features.

Simple setup, plain design

Unlike the main Instagram app, you don't need any kind of account to use Hyperlapse. All you need to do to get started is install the app and give it access to your camera. Then you can immediately start recording your videos.

Recording your time-lapse videos is just as easy. When you open the app, you see your camera's viewfinder, a single record button, and the option to switch between the front and back camera -- there's nothing else on the screen. There are few other features in the app, just tools to share your finished videos to Instagram and Facebook. There's no settings menu, or a way to set default controls. In fact, the app feels more like a feature that should be in the Instagram app because it's so bare-bones.

Shoot slow, then speed it up

With Hyperlapse, you shoot videos at regular speed and then alter the playback afterward. You can choose from 1x to 12x speed to adjust the effect in your videos.

The only way to manipulate your shot while recording is to tap the screen to refocus or adjust the lighting. This is especially handy if you record while moving through areas with different lighting, such as starting outside and walking into a building. While it was easy to tap to adjust the lighting, the tap-to-focus feature didn't work as well, and I often had to press the screen several times to refocus the shot. You can also press and hold to lock the focus, which worked well.

While you're recording, there's a timer on the screen showing how much time has elapsed since you started recording. It also shows you how long your finish video will be at 6x speed, which is the default setting. Hyperlapse only records video, not audio.

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