The advent of GoPro cameras and Google Glass among other wearable technologies made it possible for us to capture our adventurous and insane best. However, the real challenge is faced when editing the captured footage which is often long and extremely jerky. Tackling this issue, three researchers from Microsoft have invented Hyperlapse – a feature that automatically removes the shaky bits in the non-edited footage to create a timelapse that is relatively very smooth. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this category
Hyperlapse is the brainchild of Microsoft Research’s Johannes Kopf, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski. It is an advanced stabilization technology that virtually eliminates camera shake, creating a fast, smooth visual path through the full length of a video. The software works by creating a 3D map of the original footage shot on the video. Then, it analyses each frame of the video for ones that link together smoothly. It connects these ‘smooth points’ together, and generates a time-lapsed video within those frame. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
This video explains exactly how the technology works in giving you a clean end-product:
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“We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera,” the team wrote on their website.
This feature is still in the lab-testing phase. Microsoft said it is ‘working hard’ to make its Hyperlapse algorithm available as a Windows app.
The researchers are planning to showcase their research paper at SIGGRAPH 2014, a Vancouver conference later this month that is held annually to showcase computer graphics techniques.
Microsoft compares Hyperlapse to the human brain and its ability to fill in blind spots by ‘hallucinating’ on the person’s behalf. Watch how Hyperlapse transforms raw jerky footage into a smooth timelapse video: