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Free online tool creates 'Hyperlapse' videos using Google Street View

By dpreview staff on Apr 10, 2013 at 21:42 GMT

Online user experience company Teehan + Lax has created a free tool for creating interactive 'hyperlapse' videos using Google Street View. The term 'hyperlapse' describes timelapse videos which incorporate camera movement - something that is typically extremely difficult and time-consuming to perfect. The team at Teehan + Lax began experimenting with Google Street View as a guide for choosing locations, but realised that since Google has already mapped much of the world's surface in 360-degree images, it could be used as source material.

By placing points A and B at the origin and terminus of our proposed hyperlapse, the interactive video is automatically created within a few moments. 

The results are pretty spectacular, and the free online tool allows you to create a hyperlapse video showing transit between any two points in Google Maps. While the video is playing, you can pan around the view just as you would when using Google Street View in its conventional mode. The default controls are minimal (and by default, the hyperlapses rush between points A and B veryveryquickly), but the source code for this tool is available on GitHub, allowing developers to experiment with things such as different framerates.

We love it - what do you think? Let us know in the comments. 


Google Street View Hyperlapse (by Teehan + Lax)

Comments

Total comments: 21
ArtWW
By ArtWW (Apr 16, 2013)

Fun, but without more controls to customize the experience, I think I'm bored after a couple of views. Yawn.

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Logomontanus
By Logomontanus (Apr 16, 2013)

I downloaded the sofware from GitHub, but what do I do to make it work? I can't see a file to tell me how to do this.

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knowmostofit
By knowmostofit (Apr 17, 2013)

There's no need to download software, it works directly off the site. The only reason to download the files is if you are a developer, to develop the product further. If you are a software developer then you'll know what to do with the files :-)

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knowmostofit
By knowmostofit (Apr 13, 2013)

It's not fast, it's just 60 frames whatever the distance. So, long distance just 60 images - lots of journey missed out; short journey again just 60 images but more complete as the 60 images cover more of as short journey.
Should be good when there's more control over the settings.

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (Apr 12, 2013)

I'm carsick. Great. Now we know exactly what a dog experiences and remembers when it sticks it's head out the window!

1 upvote
VadymA
By VadymA (Apr 11, 2013)

Amazing! Would be even more cool if they add it to Google glasses or something; then one could change viewing ange by simply turning his/her head. That would be one sweet ride; at high speed might feel better than a rollercoaster.

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Steven Noyes
By Steven Noyes (Apr 11, 2013)

Wow. Someone finally found a use for StreetView. That was pretty cool.

3 upvotes
eagle_I
By eagle_I (Apr 11, 2013)

WOW! That's amazing. Wonder how long it took to make that?

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 11, 2013)

Awwwwesome !!!

lol

(hey, they show my home city (Toronto) w/ CN Tower)

sdyue

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Mister J
By Mister J (Apr 11, 2013)

Interesting and innovative.

Looking forward to fine control over A-B points and export to video.

Nice if it ran on Safari, but Chrome seems to work OK.

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gwales
By gwales (Apr 11, 2013)

Speed control?

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Rob Sims
By Rob Sims (Apr 11, 2013)

Breathtaking.

/runs off to go play with their tool.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Apr 11, 2013)

The jet contrail panning was kewl beanz!

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3 upvotes
Camediadude
By Camediadude (Apr 11, 2013)

It's terrific, except for the going upside-down parts.
Did we really need those? (Maybe those are great if you're 13).
Anybody else get really fricking queasy during those parts?? Otherwise good show.

3 upvotes
Deutsch
By Deutsch (Apr 10, 2013)

Did you notice that bee sitting on the one flower :-)

I don't think digital still photos will go away.

1 upvote
Peksu
By Peksu (Apr 10, 2013)

Hopefully they add adjustable speed soon, two second trips across my city are surreal.

5 upvotes
grafli
By grafli (Apr 11, 2013)

haha, 2 second trips across my country seemed sad :-P (Switzerland)

1 upvote
SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (Apr 10, 2013)

This is the beginning of the end for digital photography.

1 upvote
LKJ
By LKJ (Apr 10, 2013)

It is?

2 upvotes
Andkar
By Andkar (Apr 10, 2013)

It is always the beginning of the end.

4 upvotes
ItsNotThatEasy
By ItsNotThatEasy (Apr 10, 2013)

Hyperlapse. Can you dig it?

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Total comments: 21