Microsoft’s “Hyperlapse” Technology: Next Gen Image Stabilization?

by Hugh Brownstone3 Comments

Sometimes very interesting things come wrapped inside uninteresting things.

Which is probably a rationalization for why I chose not to cover an announcement last month that just might shake things up in the stabilization market quite a bit.

Pun intended.

Courtesy of the folks over at DIY Photography, we just came across work Microsoft is doing in the field of hyperlapse – yes, really fast timelapse. It looks like Microsoft’s intellectual property now includes some very sophisticated image stabilization software which just might make the capabilities in Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Pro look a little…jarring.


And – to mix metaphors — might put a chill in the air for real life gimbal systems.

Take a look at both how Microsoft does it – and an example of the result — below.

Oh, and you want to know what announcement I didn’t cover last month which suddenly looks extremely interesting given this hyperlapse work?

“Microsoft and Canon sign patent cross-licensing agreement.” You’ll find it here.

Microsoft's “Hyperlapse” Technology Will Make All Your GoPro Footage Look Amazing

Via DIY Photography:

Last week, we wrote about how researchers at Brown developed a code that would allow realistic weather alterations in photo-editing through text commands. As fate would have it, the new trend these days is apparently groundbreaking algorithms. Two days ago, a video was uploaded showcasing Microsoft’s latest advancement in photography; using first-person-view cameras, researchers for the company developed an algorithm that makes what they call a hyperlapse. Watching the video, you’ll probably find yourself surprised by just how fluid everything almost looks. Keep reading after the break; seeing how it’s done is just as rewarding.

First-person Hyperlapse Videos (Technical Explanation)

Read about the process at DIY Photography “Microsoft's “Hyperlapse” Technology Will Make All Your GoPro Footage Look Amazing”

What do you think? Is Hyperlapse cool? Is this version working for you?

Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. Amazing results. I wonder when they will release a usable sw version? 🙂

  2. The videos don’t actually address the question posed in the headline about whether and how this could apply to the stabilization challenge because the examples are both time-lapse. I am simplifying the process, but they are using roughly 10 source frames to build each output frame. Will non-time-lapse scenes need to be shot at 240/300fps to capture enough raw data to produce a clean 24/30fps result? Perhaps, but maybe that’s not too much to ask if it could produce silky smooth footage from a moving camera having absolutely no physical stabilization.

  3. Ask and ye shall receive… kind of. Looks like Instagram has released an app that apparently uses the (iPhone/iPad) camera’s gyroscope to shortcut around the analysis that Microsoft is doing to reconstruct the camera’s frame-by-frame orientation after the fact. Very interesting.

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