After Instagram released Hyperlapse, iPhone users are having a ball of a time making creative videos. As for the rest of us with Android phones, we are still waiting for the day when Instagram would make the app available for our phones and for Google to change their API. Sigh. But why continue to wait in frustration when you can join in and create your own timelapse videos with these alternatives?
Of course as alternatives, these apps do not have the same technology as Hyperlapse such as its stabilization feature and the option to import older videos. These apps however will let you create timelapse videos without having to invest in expensive and sophisticated equipment. Interestingly some have even existed before Hyperlapse. Whether you knew that or not, you can now consider these 5 Android apps to create timelapse videos.
If you like the ability to control settings when shooting your timelapse video, Lapse It is for you. You can start setting things up like the white balance, ISO, resolution etc. when you first open the app. As this is a timelapse app, you would also want to set the app to capture a picture during each interval. The lower the number of intervals, the more shots are captured which in turn shows more changes.
When you are done recording, simply press the stop button. You can also pause the recording to record another scene. The app will then let you edit your timelapse, such as by applying effects and trimming the video length. It even allows you to add music, something the Hyperlapse app lacks. The best thing about Lapse It is that it lets you render your timelapse specifically for upload onto Instagram.
Framelapse was once known as Droid Timelapse. Like Lapse It, the app allows you to control your settings before recording. The app even comes with a Wizard mode which helps you set the frame interval. This is helpful for when you are not sure what to set it to, but are sure about the video duration. But of course, to not be limited by your shooting length, set your video duration to infinite.
There are some caveats to using Framelapse. First, the app does not allow you to share your timelapse to Instagram. It does however produce a high quality MP4 video that you can play on any device. Secondly when using the app, make sure there are no distractions by turning off notifications and putting your phone on airplane mode.
Compared to Lapse It and Framelapse, Hyper Timelapse offers the least control in settings. It is however the closest you can get to the directness of the Hyperlapse app. The app allows you to shoot your video first and set the speed of your timelapse later. You can set the speed of the frame rate from 2x to 8x with the latter being the fastest.
Being a relatively new app, Hyper Timelapse needs to first straighten a few bumps. It cuts your timelapse in half and it really needs more settings. The good thing about it though is that the app lets you share your timelapse across several social media platforms including Instagram and messaging apps.
Next in simplicity is TimeLapse. Upon opening the app, you can set the most basic of settings namely image interval, resolution, and the limit of photos captured. Once done, you can begin recording. You can even change the scene by pausing the recording and shifting your focus elsewhere. To finish up, simply press stop and the encode button to render it for sharing.
A fault with TimeLapse is that it doesn’t save your previous videos. Every time you take a new video, the app will inform you that it has to delete your previous ones. This can be a good thing though if you rather not have timelapse videos taking up your phone space. Like Hyper Timelapse, this app allows you to share your timelapse across various social media and messaging apps.
Overlapse is very different from the rest in that you have to manually tap the capture button to shoot your images. This is however its greatest strength as it allows you to take timelapse videos over a period of days, months, or even years. It comes with an overlay feature that shows a shot of the previous photo. The overlay helps to guide your next shot like Vine’s ghost mode.
This feature also makes the app ideal for creating stop motion videos. Taking into consideration that you might be creating several videos at any one time, Overlapse saves your images under different projects. To share your timelapse, you would need to first sign up for an Overlapse account. The app lets you share across different channels but sadly, at the time of writing, Instagram is not one of the them.