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Hyperlapse – What and Why?

In order to better understand hyperlapse, first timelapse; a more common video technique, will be quickly examined. By default when capturing footage, the recording speed is the same as the projection speed; that is 24 fps (frames per second) for cinema or 25 fps for TV. The way to create a timelapse, is to record frames (the single still images of a video) at a slower speed than the standard projection (24/25 fps). Then, projection should be at the normal 24/25 seconds per frame. In effect, the image on the screen will appear to move faster. For example, if a film recorded at 12 frames per second, it will appear to move twice as fast on the screen when projected at 24 seconds per frame. Images shot at these slower speeds fall into the category of time-lapse and these would take a journey from a study of nature to the entertainment industry, before becoming a must-have in the marketing sector. In other words, in a timelapse, the camera is either static or moving very short distances and the action in a scene is speeded-up. All movements are under the control of a motorized rig, usually only capable of subtle movements. A hyperlapse, on the other hand, has no such limitations: A videographer can move the camera over considerable distances, even across relatively uneven terrain; passing without disturbance through crowded situations, and allowing for fully controlled complex motion paths and camera angle changes. In other words, a hyperlapse is just like a timelapse, but with a broader range of motion.