Create Your Own "Hyper-lapse:" Tansforming Google's Street View Into Motion Pictures

An April 9th, 2013 post by teehan + lax explains how a technologist in their lab stumbled across the idea for making a hyper-lapse sequence using data from Google and created this video:

"The idea for this project came from one of our motion designers, Jonas, as part of his Labs experiment. He wanted to explore a tool that could help him create hyper-lapse videos with the assistance of available data sets and emerging technology."

"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."

If you want to try creating your own hyper-lapse sequence (perhaps featuring your street? or a place you'd like to visit?) using data from Google's Street View, teehan + lax have kindly made all the source code available on GitHub.

Thanks to Jon Bowen for sharing.

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