Microsoft is creating some awesomely beautiful apps for Android. First we saw Microsoft Office for Android, and now we have the release of Hyperlapse.
Hyperlapse Beta joins a number of different time lapse creator apps in Google Play Store, but Hyperlapse is the easiest application to use. Hyperlapse has two options: import or record.
Importing a video obviously allows you to use one of your own. Here I imported footage from one of my GoPro adventures. After the app finished importing your footage, you’ll have the option to save the movie 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32 times real speed. The first clip is accelerated 8 times normal speed.
This second clip is accelerated 16 times normal speed.
I even used the record option to create this video of me drinking a disgusting orange drink in my YMCA coach’s shirt with a GoPro strapped around my body.
Hyperlapse has all of the normal export options — YouTube being my favorite — for any app installed on your Android device.
There are a couple of caveats before you’ll get Hyperlapse on your Android device.
First, Hyperlapse Beta is only available for select devices running Android 4.4 or later. Here are the devices: Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, and Note 4; Google Nexus 5, 6, & 9; HTC One M8 & M9; Sony Xperia Z3.
Second, you’ll need to follow some semi-complicated steps to become a Beta tester and download the app — Hyperlapse is not automatically available to everyone in Google Play Store. Here are the links to follow in order to get yourself on the Beta tester list:
- Join the Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile for Android preview Google+ community.
- Apply for tester status on this site.
- Wait 10 minutes to 1 hour to download the app from Google Play Store.
The final conclusion
Overall, Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile for Android is a fun little app that will definitely enhance your mobile movie-making experiences.
Since this is a beta release, there are some small issues that you’ll have to deal with. I found that if you import videos from Google Photos (i.e. stored in the cloud) as opposed to your Gallery app, the “boot up” time is a bit longer. I suspect this is because you’re pulling information from a cloud source and not directly from your device.
I’m giving Hyperlapse a solid 4 stars.