Turn Your Daily Commute into Epic Roadtrip Video
Tired of your daily commute? Bored of looking at the same streets and buildings day in and day out? Google Street View Hyperlapse might be the cure for what ails you.
This virtual tool, created by the web design aficionados at Teehan+Lax, can give you a fresh perspective on your most commonly traversed courses or peak your interest in the paths less traveled. The free user interface uses data from Google Maps Street View to create hyper-lapse videos of street routes between two points.
Hyper-lapse photography, a technique that takes time-lapse photography one step further by employing sweeping camera movements, is all the rage on video-sharing sites like Vimeo. But the process of creating hyperlapses is technical and time-consuming, involving many hours of painstakingly stitching together hundreds of photos.
The folks at Teehan+Lax wanted to create a tool that would make hyper-lapse photography more accessible to both amateurs and more experienced web developers. All a novice needs is WebGL and what Teehan+Lax call “a decent machine” to create a hyperlapse with this UI.
But the source code is also available on Github, so developers can play around with frame rates, image quality and camera movements.
But before you get too excited about the prospect of seeing your world in all its hyperlapsed glory, know this: the UI is a little slow. So if you’re like us, then waiting around for ten minutes just to see a sped up version of your drive to the beach isn’t really that cool. Try mapping out something worth the wait.
Or, if you want to really get a return on your time-spent-waiting-for-this-thing-to-load investment, then stick with viewing the scenic hyperlapses that Teehan+Lax has already created with the tool.
As per user comments on Teehan+Lax’s website, as well as our own experience, the program runs into a few glitches with the newest version of Google Chrome for Mac, which is the browser the company recommends for viewing the hyperlapses. So be prepared to reload a few times before sitting back enjoying the scenery.
Take this quiz and find out.