Hyperlapse Vs Timelapse | 3 Things To Know Before Choosing A Right Method

Updated on October 5, 2021

A lot of people are confused about the difference between a hyper-lapse vs timelapse. The answer is actually quite simple, but it's important to know what you want to do with your video before deciding which one is best for you! In this blog post, I'll go over the 3 things you should know about these two types of videos.

What are the differences between hyper-lapse and timelapse?

First, let's go over some definitions. You may have heard people say there is no difference between hyper-lapse vs timelapse. This is false. There are differences, but the definitions are actually different.

Wikipedia defines hyper-lapse as "a technique in time-lapse photography that allows moving cameras, which presents a sweeping perspective of the scene being filmed."

Some people define it as something related to camera movement. I prefer to think of hyper lapses this way - the main difference between a hyper-lapse and a timelapse is that in a hyper-lapse, the camera moves. In a time-lapse, the camera stays in exact same position while time passes by around it. Most of the videographers already know a lot about how to capture time-lapses, so I will focus more on a hyper-lapse.

There are many types of hyper-lapses. Some use a tripod, some handheld, and some incorporate camera movement using a motorized dolly system. All these different types of hyper-lapse videos require different types of equipment.

The main things you should consider when deciding which type of "-lapse" to shoot are:

1 - Time. How much time do you have?

2 - Budget. How much money do you have to spend on the equipment required for hyper-lapse or timelapse?

3 - What is your goal, and how do you want the final video to look like?

So, let's start with the time. You probably know that time-lapses are time-consuming, but you may not know that hyper lapses will take even more time. This is because for a hyper-lapse you need to change not only the camera/phone location but also re-frame the view each time you move the camera and take a picture. Ideally, you should choose an object and keep it in the same place on each frame. Some people say a hyper-lapse takes approximately 7 times more time than a timelapse, but I think it is a very specific and individual thing.

There is some good news - you can make hyper lapses not only by shooting images and connecting them in post. You can make hyper lapses just by filming and walking around an object or towards it.

Now that we covered time let's move on to budget. How much does it cost for hyper-lapse vs timelapse?

If you want to shoot a good-looking hyper-lapse on the go, your first step will probably be buying a good camera stabilizer like DJI, or getting a camera with a decent stabilization and wide lens - it could be even an action camera. For example, GoPro 7, 8, 9 or 10, have really good stabilization inside.

If you are ready to invest more time, there is a more budget-friendly alternative for a hyperlapse. You can just get a stand, mount your camera on top and capture your hyperlapse shot by shot. You just have to keep in mind that this process can take a lot of time and patience by framing each shot individually.

What is your goal, and how do you want the final video to look like?

Now we get to the final part of the post - knowing what you want to do and choosing the right method. Did you know that hyper-lapses are not only time-lapse videos created with camera movement? You can create them in a different way.

You can take a timelapse shot in 6K (equals to 24Mpix) or 8K (equals to 33Mpix) resolution, and in post-production you can add a slow zoom-in, panning, or tilt effect. It will "convert" your timelapse to hyper-lapse, and it will be a way more simple way to create an extra motion. For sure, it will not look that good like it would be in earlier mentioned methods, but it could help to achieve a more interesting look to your shot.

In conclusion, hyper lapses and time-lapses are two different things. A hyper-lapse is a time-lapse video created with camera movement while a timelapse is made by staying in one place while watching the world go by around you. Hyper lapses take more time, but they give you an endless number of possibilities when it comes to creating a final video using multiple techniques. Timelapses are made much faster, but they do not look that impressive so you have to be very creative in the editing process. I hope this article helps you to understand the difference better and choose which one to shoot!

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