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Monday, July 8, 2013

Hyper-Lapse Photography using Google Street View

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.  Originally aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but Teehan+Lax Labs quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well,  the folks at Teehan+Lax Labs decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.

 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. Give it a try!

Google Street View Hyperlapse from Teehan+Lax Labs on Vimeo.

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