Instagram introduces time-lapse app

Posted on August 27, 2014


Photo-sharing service Instagram has unveiled a new app that allows its users to make high-quality videos before adjusting the speeds of their recordings.

The software, known as Hyperlapse, is the company’s first standalone app that has not been integrated with its main service; it allows users to produce cinematic time-lapsing videos that can be captured through smartphones, tablets and other portable devices before uploading the finished content to Instagram news feeds.

Simplicity has been identified as key to this new service, with users simply tapping a button to begin recording and touching it a second time to end the video. Once the video has been captured, users can then adjust the speed of the content, with the options lying between 1x-12x the normal speed. This is then available to be uploaded and shared via the mainstream Instagram app that allows users to make use of its many filters.

Hyperlapse is currently only available on iOS-powered devices. Its launch comes at a busy time for the enterprise, which has also released a separate self-destructing photo-messaging program, called Bolt, which has been modelled and formatted similar to popular app Snapchat. Both of these services allow users to send images that are permanently erased after the recipient has viewed the content. Bolt is currently only available in a selection of countries, including New Zealand and South Africa.

The popular photo-based company is owned by social networking site Facebook, which purchased the firm for $1 billion (£589 million) in 2012.

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