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New from Instagram: Hyperlapse

EACE Blog contribution by Megan Wolleben, Assistant Director, Bucknell University’s Career Development Center

At the end of August Instagram announced the release of a new app: Hyperlapse and with it came some really fun possibilities. Not being a film studies major my first question was, “What is Hyperlapse?” So of course I turned Wikipedia to learn:

Hyperlapse (also Walklapse, Spacelapse, Stop-Motion Time-lapse, Motion Timelapse, Moving Timelapse) is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences.wolleben_megan-HyperlapseLogo650

Essentially it speeds up a video and you can finally have those fun artsy traffic shots you see in movies. Apart from traffic shots I started wondering immediately how I might use it for our career center. Now that it has been out for a few weeks I’ve gotten to play around with it. I have found it very easy to use – essentially just point and click. You can record up to 45 minutes if you have an iPhone 5 but are limited to 10 minutes if you have the 4. Once you record your video you can select how much you would like to speed it up. The app is set up to default to 6x but you can choose to increase the speed to up to 12x. Once you have decided on the speed you save as a video and can share in various ways. One thing to keep in mind if you intend to post the video on Instagram – you are still limited to 15 second videos.

As of now I only have videos of my 4 year old nephew dancing (which are pretty amazing) but I can think of a few fun ways to incorporate it into our social media toolbox. Here are a few ways I’m looking to use Hyperlapse in the coming weeks:

  1. Resumania – students coming in, writing/critiquing a résumé
  2. Career Fairs – employers setting up booths, students checking, students walking around, LinkedIn photo booth…these are just a few ways I’m going to try it at our upcoming Fall Career Fair
  3. Networking Events/Site visits – it might be fun to try it out at networking events and/or any interesting site visits as the come up.

Have you tried Hyperlapse for your office yet? Where do you see it fitting in?

I would love to hear from others what they think and how they see their offices using it.

Read more on Hyperlapse

Or download it and just give it a try!


Megan Wolleben

Megan Wolleben


Megan Wolleben has worked at the Bucknell University Career Development Center since 2007, where she is currently an Assistant Director. She is responsible for the marketing and communications of the office, as well as manages the department’s social media presence. She is the co-chair for EACE’s Technology Committee and a contributing writer to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) “Tech Talk” column as well as co-author of the “Career Counselor’s Guide to Social Media”. Megan earned her B.A. and Master’s in Communication from Fordham University.

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  1. Love the ideas! I actually used Hyperlapse during the career fair and posted it for students to see on our Instagram (@UMDCareerCenter).

    September 26, 2014

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