App of the Week: Hyperlapse

Title: Hyperlapse
Cost: Free
Platform: iOS 7 or later

A couple of weeks ago Instragram released its new app, Hyperlapse. What does Hyperlapse do? It enables users to shoot time-lapse videos. And, while you might have other apps on your iDevices that already do that, Hyperlapse has the added benefit of a stabalizer so that hand-held time-lapse creations actually look pretty good. Take a look at the video below to get some idea of what I mean.


The premise of Hyperlapse is simple. So too is the user interface. It’s really a point and shoot experience. You tap on the record button at the bottom of the screen to start the recording and then tap it again to stop the recording. Then you get to select the speed of the video you want to use – and preview the video in each speed. The default Hyperlapse speed is 6X the normal video speed and the app provides options for from 1X to 12X the actual speed. As the Hyperlapse support page states, “A 6x speed means that your Hyperlapse video will be 6 times faster than its original recording. For example, a 60-second video at 6x would end up being 10 seconds long after it’s sped up.”

When satisfied with your video and speed to save it to the device camera roll you tap on the check mark in the top right of the screen. Once saved you have the option to share on Facebook or Instagram or you can share the video as you would any image in your device camera roll. If you aren’t happy with your video and it’s time to start again you tap on the red X in the top left.

How might you use Hyperlapse for and with teens? Of course you would want to ask them what they would be interested in doing with the app. But, an idea to get that conversation started might be to have teens host a time-lapse video contest. Maybe teens who are interested in photography and/or video creation would like to have a local photographer or video developer come in and talk about what makes time-lapse compelling and why Hyperlapse is a good tool to use. Or, maybe teens would be interested in creating Hyperlapse videos of a typical event that they take part in every day – getting to school from home, walking down the hall of their school, hanging out in a store or coffee shop, and so on. What do they notice in a time-lapse video compared to what they notice when they are taking part in the event in real time?

Teachers might also find using Hyperlapse with students something they want to consider. As a matter of fact there are several articles on that topic already. For example, 9 Ways to User Hyperlapse in your School’s Video Efforts This Year The simplicity of Hyperlapse makes it a good app to show those who aren’t comfortable with technology or using apps and devices in educational settings.

As many reviewers of Hyperlapse have stated, the stabilization feature of the app makes it possible to create high quality hand-held time-lapse videos without extra equipment. Check out some posts at Mashable for inspiration on how it might be used with and for teens in your library.

Have a suggestion for App of the Week? Let us know. And find more great Apps in the YALSA Blog’s App of the Week Archive.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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