Smartphone hyperlapse tutorial

Let me teach you how to shoot a hyperlapse with a smartphone.


If you've ever wondered how to shoot a hyperlapse on your phone then you've made it to the right tutorial!
In this post I'll explain you four different ways on how to hyperlapse on  a smartphone.

What you need to shoot a smartphone hyperlapse:

  • A phone with a camera (I use a Samsung S8+)
  • EDIT: I use a Note 9 now
  • Optional: a gimbal
  • Optional:

This is the Zhiyun Smooth Q gimbal I use.

EDIT: I have switched over to the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 as of August 2018.

Smartphone hyperlapse and timelapse kit by @Matjoez

1. Using the built in camera app

This one is – obviously – pretty straightforward. You're going to open up the built in camera app and flick it to hyperlapse mode, or if you're on a different phone you're gonna want to open up an app that does hyperlapse.
Keep your phone as steady as you can while keeping one element of your composition centered or always in the exact same spot.
If you can select a high resolution option make sure to do so unless you love low res stuff 🙂

2. The manual method

Activate the grid overlay in your camera, make sure to turn on either Pro/Manual shooting mode to ensure you're shooting RAW photos. Choose your subject and shoot a photo every step you take while keeping your phone as level as possible. Make sure to keep one element always in the exact same spot.
Import the photo sequence into Adobe After Effects and create a composition. Apply the Warp Stabiliser effect, set the smoothness to 10% and let it analyse.
Repeat this process with a new composition if needed.
Export the composition to a tasty video file ready to be shared with the world.

3. Shooting video on a gimbal

Pretty easy: power on your gimbal, shoot video with your phone while locked on to a subject, play around with the video footage in post to simulate motion blur.

4. Shooting photos on a gimbal

Shoot long exposure photos while using the gimbal to get the best of both worlds.
Ideally you'll be shooting a shutter speed that is half the interval time. So for example a two second interval would have a one second exposure, this can be hard to do so I wouldn't be too worried about it to be honest. Any exposure that adds motion blur to the photos will be good enough and add a lot of quality to the look of the sequence.

If you're still here, check out Kelli Gardener's article on shooting photos on your phone:
Finding Your Inner Photographer: Making the Most of Your Camera

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