It’s obvious and easy to notice the difference between a professionally made video clip v.s. a home video. Video stabilization is one of the areas home videos lack. While the professionally made video clips hardly have unintentional shakes, the home-made ones or those straight from your cellphone cameras are usually tend to be underwhelming shaky.
Much like Instagram’s Hyperlapse, Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro is a new technology that helps you to convert any shaky video into smooth and stabilized time-lapse videos. It is optimized for GoPro action cameras but not limited to those specific camera. Any video clip would work with Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro, videos you take from any cellphone camera would work. It’s a project from Microsoft Research where amazing next generation technologies are being developed, like the new Microsoft HoloLens.
Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro on Windows
Below is a preview version of what Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro looks like on a Windows desktop. It’s still in preview as this is just the initial release to give you a glimpse of what’s possible and bring this technology to a wider audience.
You can create a new project or open an existing Hyperlapse project. Microsoft Hyperlapse is very easy to use, just open any video doesn’t matter which camera it’s from it will try its best to optimize and stabilize in a time-lapse fashion.
There are total 4 steps. Once you have imported a video, the next step is to play around the settings. As you can see, there are presets for GoPro series and a few Sony cameras. Don’t worry about it if you don’t have a GoPro camera or any camera listed from above. Microsoft Hyperlapse still can be used to optimize and stabilize your video clip.
Step 3 is where the magic happens, give it sometime to process your video.
Last step you will be able to get a preview of what the finished video looks like. Right now all video that are stabilized by Microsoft Hyperlaps will have a watermark at the bottom right of the video. If you have an issue of it displaying there, be cautious, there is currently no way to remove the watermark.
That’s it, give it a try if you have some shaky videos sitting around. Last note, the only difference between this tool v.s. Instagram’s Hyperlaps is the inability to change the speed to normal. The minimum speed you can set for any Microsoft Hyperlapse video are at least twice the original video playback.