How to Create Your First Handheld Hyperlapse

This short video shows how easy it is to make your very first hyperlapse, requiring nothing more than a camera and Adobe After Effects. Of course, you could use dollies, gimbals, tripods, monopods, and more, but this method is incredibly simple and effective and produces very quick results.

Professional time-lapse and hyperlapse photographer Matthew Vandeputte has more than a few years of experience of creating professional-quality content for clients, and here he shares an easy way to get started should you want to dip your toe and figure out if this is something that you should add to your portfolio. Hyperlapse, what Vandeputte calls a "time-lapse on steroids," makes for distinctive, dynamic content that, while time-consuming, can be very satisfying to produce.

As it also features the all-important warp stabilizer, Adobe Premiere Pro will create the same results as After Effects, but the latter offers greater control for further editing and other stabilization methods. If a single blast of the warp stabilizer doesn't do the job, be sure to nest the sequence before running it again. Unfortunately, Final Cut users might not have the same, quick results. Let us know in the comments how you get on.

Once you've grasped the basics, you can then start refining the technique and perhaps throwing in additional equipment, such as adding a gimbal and a 10-stop ND filter to allow half-second exposures that allow you to incorporate motion blur into your hyperlapse — as demonstrated in another of Vandeputte's tutorials.

If you're in need of further inspiration, check out our favorite hyperlapse and time-lapse videos.

Cover photo by Pixabay via Pexels.

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5 Comments

Matthew Vandeputte's picture

Thanks again for the writeup! Always a pleasure to be on here :)

Simon Patterson's picture

I've seen other videos say that a monopod with small feet is essential to succeeding at this, or it won't work out well. I'm super encouraged to see someone of the high calibre of Matthew Vandeputt advise that it can be done hand held. I look forward to trying it.

Do you refocus between shots, or doesn't it matter?
Fixed manual exposure, I suppose?

Arun Hegden's picture

Good one. Thank you for sharing. :)

Jerry Norman's picture

Great post, I like the hyper speed with which you offer up a lot of info!