Hand-Held ‘Bikerlapse’ Shows The Awesome Creative Potential of Instagram’s Hyperlapse App

Nathan Kaso — the professional time-lapse photographer behind this gorgeous Tasmanian car commercial — usually uses thousands of dollars worth of gear, but when Instagram debuted Hyperlapse, he had to give it a shot.

Thus was born ‘Bikerlapse,’ one of the first of many future hyperlapses that show just how much potential there is in this simple-yet-powerful little application.

To be completely honest, we’ve seen professional hyperlapses that don’t live up to this standard. And while, yes, it was a professional who shot this and it’s not the gear that counts, the fact that he was able to capture an engaging hyperlapse entirely hand-held using an iPhone app is pretty incredible.

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Here are a few more details shared by Kaso himself:

The video quality is pretty lo-fi but that stabilization technology is nothing short of amazing. The whole video was shot hand-held, one hand to steer and one hand to hold the camera. All of the these shots are straight out of the app, with no post stabilization or effects.

I used a RØDEGrip iPhone mount for extra stability while shooting and an Arcadia USB power bank to keep my phone charged for the whole day.

But don’t take ours or his word for it, check out the video at the top and let Kaso take you on a time-lapse trip through Melbourne… one-handed.

  • Renato Murakami

    Wow… that’s very smooth!

  • stephanvereno

    How is it possible to cut the clips together?

  • Fernando Callo

    My only question. This app takes photos or records a video and then produce it ultra fast?

  • Martin A. Lester

    I believe it takes video and you’re able to choose the speed of the video; slow or fast.

  • Sarmad Berlin

    Nice work! I guess the Rode Grip made things a lot easier. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brendan

    Didn’t see the bit about it being in Melbourne – “ooooh, my old bike route to work” then “NOSTALGIA for evvvvverywhere.”

  • Virginia Smith

    I tried using the app today of cooking for a crowd. some of my video went black. I could review it but then it went black after I saved it. Gonna have to try again!

  • John C.

    Hook your iphone to your computer, pull the videos off that way, then join multiple videos in an editing program on the computer.

  • stephanvereno

    Perfect! Thank you! Didn`t know that you can download them that easy. Thought they were more “hidden”. :-)

  • Tor Ivan Boine

    it takes regular video, then you can speed it up up to 12x speed afaik.

  • sean lancaster

    It could be worse . . . you could be an Android user and not even have the app yet.

  • pincherio

    It takes video. The default speed will be 6x but you ca adjust that from 2x to 12x.

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