A hyperlapse is a collection of photographs that have been pieced together in a video. It differs slightly from a time-lapse because each exposure is generally taken from a different vantage point, and the resulting video simulates movement by the viewer, rather than by the subject.

A new tool takes all the hard work out of making a hyperlapse, with users being able to input a start and end point on Google Maps. Then, the tool automatically crunches together a hyperlapse based on Google Street View imagery of the route.

Here are a few tips if you want to create your own hyperlapse video:

  • Straight roads work better than curvy roads
  • Find something interesting in the distance to maintain continuity
  • The optimal distance seems to be between 1/2 and 3 miles depending on the road
  • The Hyperlapse is saved in the URL, you can bookmark it or copy and paste it to share.