In August 2014, Microsoft introduced its hyperlapse algorithm for stabilizing camera footage into smooth timelapses. Now, the technology comes to life as the company has released the product as an app for Windows Phone, and as a beta app for Android devices as well as other Microsoft platforms.

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The problem Microsoft Hyperlapse (not to be confused with Instagram's Hyperlapse) tries to solve is that long first-person videos are boring to watch. Speeding them up makes them more entertaining, but doing this amplifies the jostles and bumps in the footage, making it difficult to watch. Microsoft Hyperlapse solves this issue by speeding up the footage while also stabilizing it so that the resulting product is smooth and more engaging.

Where Instagram's app of a similar name uses your phone's orientation sensor to smooth out footage, Microsoft's algorithm creates a 3D model of the scene, maps a path through it and stitches together bits of the original footage to create a stable final product. Since the footage doesn't have to come from your mobile device, its applications are broader than Instagram's mobile-only implementation. 

Android users must go to Microsoft’s Google+ page and follow the steps required to become a beta tester. Windows Phone users running Windows Phone 8.1 are able to get the app now from the Windows Phone Store, while Windows PC users can download the program directly from Microsoft Research’s website. Microsoft Azure users, meanwhile, must visit the Azure blog and follow the instructions to get started.

The Microsoft Hyperlapse app for Windows Phone supports 15 Lumia handsets ranging from the Lumia 435 to the Lumia 1520; it also supports the HTC One M8. Android users must have either a Samsung Galaxy S5/S6/S6 Edge/Note 4, a Google Nexus 5/6, Nexus 9, or an HTC One M8 or HTC One M9 device.

It isn’t clear whether the features are uniform across all the products at this point. The Windows Phone app, however, states that Hyperlapse can directly capture video at a user-specified time lapse speed (up to 32x), and can also import existing videos from the mobile device’s camera roll. So-called “Selfie-lapses” are also offered.

Source: Microsoft