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Hyperlapse Photography is a filmmaking technique that entails recording video while revolving the camera around a fixed point and then speeding up the footage in post-production. The process incorporates several other well-known photography techniques, mainly time lapse and stop motion photography, as well as tilt-shift and slow motion effects for enhanced results.
The earliest known use of the term “Hyperlapse” can be attributed to a short video project uploaded to Vimeo by Spanish filmmaker Fran Muradas on December 27th, 2008. Titled “Test Hyperlapse / Timelapse Paseo por Pontevedra,” the clip shows a downtown walking tour of the city of Pontevedra in time lapsed sequence.
On March 13th, 2009, British visual artist and Vimeo user Theo Tagholm uploaded “Still Moving,” a walking tour video of London’s Victoria Park which he compiled from individual photographs and sped up in post-production. The video was met by positive reception on Vimeo, accumulating more than 96,200 views and 1,826 likes over the span of four years, eventually getting featured as Vimeo’s “Staff Pick” video.
On November 5th, 2009, Japanese stop-motion animator Taijin Takeuchi uploaded a hyper-lapsed video of Tokyo shot in 360-degrees rotation. The video went onto receive more than 116,000 views over three years and even spawned several response videos shot in the same style.
Google Street View Hyperlpase
On April 9th, 2013, Toronto-based digital studio Teehan+Lax released Hyperlapse, a web-based app that enables its users to instantly create motion control time-lapse videos using the image feed of Google Street View. According to the studio’s press release, developers initially sought to make use of the Google Street View as an aid for hyper-lapse photography, but decided to use it as the source material for their product.