Microsoft Project Hyperlapse Looks Promising For POV Video.


This new style of Hyperlapse looks quite smooth compared to a warp stabilizer. This could be great for POV shots. Here is a rip from the engadget post.

“Microsoft researchers Johannes Kopf, Richard Szeliski, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, developed the software and soon-to-be Windows app to help create time lapse videos without multiplying camera shake. As the video above shows, this algorithm takes video stabilization a step further with buttery smooth results. Here’s how it works as described on their website:

Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input.

Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path.

Essentially the software creates a 3D map of the original path, and then recreates the shots on a “novel camera path” or one that won’t make you hurl. This other video does a pretty great job of breaking it down from a technical standpoint.

After that, the software stitches and blends together each frame into a thankfully smoother viewing experience. TechCrunch explains that this project is similar to another Microsoft video editing endeavor called Photosynth, a project that Kopf and Szeliski also worked on, which was designed to create in-depth panoramas and synths.

This project will be part of SIGGRAPH 2014, a conference held specifically for computer graphics and interactive techniques, and others, including Disney, will also show off new video capture technology to the world. If you love making video, this is your week. [TechCrunch]”

Source: Engadget.


Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.