Apr 11, 2013

Google Streetview Hyperlapse

This amazing project was created by Teehan+Lax Labs, a creative think tank created to explore the potential of existing technology and how to push it farther. Using specifically designed code, the developers figured out how to create a truly fluid tool for extracting beautiful timelapses out of the image rich Google map data. Their official release below:

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.

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

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