Hyper-lapse photography €“ a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest €“ has been a growing trend on video sites. It €™s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well, we decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.

The site settings are purposely low (like having a maximum of 60 frames per animation) for greater accessibility. However, all the source code is available on Github (including examples and documentation) so developers can play with higher frame rates, better image quality, and more complicated camera movements. 1

(create a Hyperlapse)

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  1. This is too cool. Were it not for the office, the family (and attendant responsibilities), volunteer coding for the Asta’s school, that novel that’s not going to write itself now is it?, aging, physically damaged parents who need ever increasing amounts of tending and, ya know, just occasionally picking my nose, I could easily obsess lose myself in this for a month to put together a Google mini-film noir. Set in The City. With fog scenes… Maybe if I ask the lazywebs someone will do it for me?

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