Goodbye Mr. Shakycam: Microsoft Research shows off "hyperlapse video," amazing smooth timelapse

Goodbye Mr. Shakycam: Microsoft Research shows off
If there are two things we cannot stand in the mobile tech space it is Mr. Blurrycam, the leaker guy who does not know how to take a picture with any apparent clarity, or focus. Then there is Mr. Shakycam, the guy who loses motor function while taking a video.

In some cases, Shakycam-guy can’t help it. If the phone or GoPro is mounted to a bicycle or something, there are genuine limits to optical image stabilization, and not everyone can afford a gyro-stabilized kit.

Microsoft Research has been working on an algorithm which allows for converting first-person videos into what it calls hyperlapse videos, time-lapse without the shakiness. The result is really nice, and we don’t mind saying that this would be a great addition to the Microsoft Mobile line of Windows Phones.

Below is a technical overview of how the original video stream is sampled. Following the technical explanation is a more practical result of before-and-after. It is more than just picking every tenth-frame and patching things together, the methodology is remarkable.

The consumer applications for something like hyperlapse are easy to appreciate. If you want to know more about the methodology, and the advanced math that made it all possible, technical and supplemental papers can be found via the source link.


source: Microsoft Research via The Next Web

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12 Comments

2. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

This. Is. Amazing.

3. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

We'll done MS I'm your client forever!!!!

4. ajonly

Posts: 16; Member since: May 25, 2013

Great. All the hardwork behind this need to be appreciated too. But the conversion is not exactly the real input video but a 10X speedy version of it. I really doubt how exactly this improvisations comes in handy when the world moves to G-Glass kind-off devices. We prefer to see real time videos and occasionally such 10x or slow motion videos. Hope some further improvements can fix it up.

5. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Insanely awesome!

6. NawalKishor

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 20, 2014

I wish this was implemented in iOS 8's time lapse too!

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Oops... Apple is very slow at fulfilling their loyal customer's wishes.....

8. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

HOLY SH*T !!!

10. yep_its_ed unregistered

Lol at 2:10 on the second video the guy just disappeared!

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Even at 10x that is awesome. If they can get their cams do to 60fps, then down to 6fps for the rendering, then back to 24fps, it would only be a 4x speed up instead of 10x. Even 4x, for a timelapse video of an adventure is awesome. Especially if you can go back and forth between the raw and hyperlapse. If MS was smart, they would offer cloud system, so that a user could upload the video, let MS cloud Azure compute the video for the customer and then give them a email when the file is finished.

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

In a perfect world...

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Yeah, more stuff from MS that will never see the light of day. We can only hope. Oh, don't believe me? Remember a few years ago them touting a 1-3ms delay touchscreen? You know, it could track your finger perfectly on the screen with no lag? Not on Surface. Not on Surface 2 Pro. Not on Surface 3 Pro. Not on any Nokia device. Stop bragging and start delivering.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

so much for "hope" mr glass half empty :) but I don't disagree with your angst... im just a tad more optimistic.

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