Shaky Videos Are A Thing Of The PAst

GoPro videos seem to be the only way to make videos nowadays. It’s what everyone’s doing and we don’t blame them. It’s convenient, easy, and fun. The only issue is how shaky the footage can get if you’re not careful. Now, it’s a thing of the past since Microsoft developed Hyperlapse. VentureBeat talks about it briefly, but if you want to really get wowed and see it, we strongly suggest Youtubing it.

First-person video, which rose to popularity withGoPro‘s tiny cameras, has opened up entirely new avenues for sharing our experiences. The only problem? Those videos are often incredibly shaky.

Microsoft Research unveiled a potential fix over the weekend: Hyperlapse, a timelapsed tweak for shaky first-person video that goes far beyond mere video stabilization.

Hyperlapse is just a research project at the moment, but it could become commercially available soon.

As Microsoft’s researchers explain, today’s video stabilization methods don’t work when you just speed up a video for a traditional time-lapse, as video shakiness is actually exacerbated when you speed it up. Hyperlapse solves this problem by creating a 3D representation of the video’s path, finding an optimal spot in that 3D version of the video for smooth video, connecting those points together, and then generating a smoothed out time-lapsed video with those frames.