How to turn your iPhone into a virtual steadycam with Hyperlapse

Instagram's Hyperlapse uses the sensors in your iPhone to stabilize video on-the-fly. That way you get silky-smooth time-lapse video, at up to 12x, of stages being built, forests being run-through, highways being race by, and anything else you can imagine. What you can also do, however, is choose to save the video at 1x. And what that does is create silky-smooth regular video. So smooth, in fact, it looks almost like it was shot for a steadycam. That's not only great for tech writers trying to cover new products solo at an event, but for everything from shooting a birthday cake in motion to an impromptu ukulele jam. You'll need to pay close attention to how to save the file, but otherwise using Hyperlapse for rock-solid video is easy to do!

You can always record your video using the built-in Camera app, of course, and then load it into iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or another editor and apply stabilization as part of post-processing. Hyperlapse, however, lets you stabilize as you capture, so if you want to upload to YouTube or Instagram or otherwise use the video immediately, right from your iPhone, it's already good to go.

Note: Hyperlapse doesn't keep the original video, so once you save it out, you're done. That means you absolutely, positively have to choose 1x before you save or your steadycam video will irrevocably be rendered as a Hyperlapse with no going back.

How to use Hyperlapse like a virtual steadycam

  1. Download Hyperlapse (opens in new tab) from the App Store.
  2. Launch Hyperlapse from your iPhone Home screen.
  3. Tap the Shutter button to start recording your video.
  4. Tap the Shutter button again to finish recording your video.
  5. Swipe the speed slide all the way to the left until it read 1x
  6. Tap the checkmark button to save the video.

Thanks to Dieter Bohn for the tip!

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

5 Comments
  • I think the iPhone 6 plus already does a great job keeping the image steady. But I heard you talk about this tip I think on Macbreak.
  • One drawback to shooting video with Hyperlapse - no zoom.
  • I also heard you mention this tip on Macbreak Weekly and I thought it was odd since the 6 and 6 Plus's cinematic stabilization is already pretty amazing. Honestly, I don't think Hyperlapse is needed.
  • Comes in handy on the iPad Air 2... which doesn't have OIS.
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