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Want to create your own awesome hyper-lapse? Toronto based UX design firm Teehan+Lax is experimenting with hyper-lapse photography on Google Street View, giving us something pretty cool to play with. The Canadian firm designed an easy-to-use user interface around Google Street View that lets us create your own Street View hyper-lapse with a click.
Hyper-lapse photography is a growing trend on the Web, and especially on video sites such Vimeo. It combines timelapse photography with stop-motion to render an immersive experience, and is usually done on real-world locations with painstaking precision. A hyper-lapse display could take lots of processing and man hours.
The Google Street View Hyperlapse project is just a fun experiment, but it showcases the potential of Google Street View when it is combined with emerging technologies. The user interface gives you the tools to create your own hyperlapse animation on any location you choose, provided its covered by Street View. It works best on Chrome and an adequately powered computer. To get a better idea of what this hyper-lapse is all about, all you have to do is visit the project’s website. It takes a while to load and then the magic happens.
You can also create your own hyper-lapsed route between any two points on the Google Map. Use the A and B placemarkers, set a focal point, and click on Create. The tool uses existing Google Maps and Street View datasets to create a hyperlapse for you. The developers say:
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.
Take a few animated tours of your own on Google Street View Hyperlapse and tell us what you think!