Hacked Google Street View Creates Custom Time Lapse Videos


Web tool allows you to take a virtual road trip by animating images from the tech giant's tool box.

Alan Khanukaev
  • 15 april 2013

Almost like stop-motion for landscapes, Hyperlapse photography is a painstaking and time consuming technique of combining photos to create a rapidly moving, time-lapse like effect. Until now the process required taking precise individual photos and stitching them together to create the appearance of fluid movement.

Attempting to simplify this concept, the Labs team at Canadian digital agency, Teehan + Lax, explored methods of automating the process by scraping readily available public data. Ultimately turning to Google as the source material, they developed an easy to use interface that creates stunning custom hyperlapse videos by pulling images directly from Google Maps Street View.


Once on the site, assuming you have Chrome installed, you can get a feel for the app by taking several predesigned routes across places like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Florida Keys. Additionally, you can create your own custom hyperlapse simply by selecting any two points on Google Maps. Note that the greater the distance, the longer it will take to stitch the images together.

Watch below for a compilation of several hyperlase videos made with the tool:



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