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Timelapse? Pffftttt! Hyperlapse Is Where It Is At!

By Anthony Thurston on August 17th 2014

Most of you have heard of timelapse, taking pictures at a set interval and then stitching them together in a video to show the passage of time. But have you heard of hyperlapse? Basically it is a timelapse, but hyper (haha, video reference).

As you can see above, the guys over at Digital Rev on YouTube did a fantastic job of explaining how to do a hyperlapse, full of some great examples, and as always – some good laughs.

The process of making a hyperlapse is virtually the same as a timelapse, just with more movement. The results are, or can be I should say, amazing and are almost always interesting. This seems like a great way to add interest to a timelapse project.


Hyperlapse Tips

  • Keep subject centered
  • Monopod is easier than a tripod
  • Process just like a timelapse
  • Practice on stationary objects like buildings

I plan on giving this a try, it looks like a fun way to pass some time…


What are your thoughts on the hyperlapse vs timelapse argument? Leave a comment below!

[via Digital Rev on Youtube (Image taken form Video)]




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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    i love the DR-TV channel on youtube!

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    Leave it to Kai. Always entertaining.

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  3. Keegan Carroll

    WOW. what an awesome video! Im going to try this myself.

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    Hyperlapse is the best thing that happened to timelapse …pretty cool

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  5. Pete McWade

    Did my very first hyper lapse in movie back in 1971 in my last year of Jr High. Film class. Had a small home movie recorder and did a hyper lapse of me and my friend driving around the swimming pool then crashing into the water in the end. More like stop motion then played back fast. It was a fun project. The end of the class we got to go to the Warner Bro’s studio. When we were there they were shooting the opening scene to the movie Skin Game, a comedy western. That was a great time. Should have kept up with making movies but alas I did not.

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  6. Michel Andy

    Thanks a lot – Got to try this.

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  7. Phil Bautista

    Interesting that his monopod has 3 toes. A monotripod?

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  8. Greg Faulkner

    Ha! Not sure I’d have the patience but interesting to watch

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  9. Herm Tjioe

    Kai operates in hyperlapse all the time.

    This vid helps me understand it’s perfectly okay to shoot with a monopod. A good trick when shooting your moving subject at the same distance to camera is to tie a measured string to the monopod- to calibrate distance of subject relative to camera consistently

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