Play Tour (aka Fly Mode)

One of the nicest features in Google Earth is the “Play Tour” viewing mode. If you have a series of placemarks (for example, if you have entered in something for directions) you can fly along the path or series of placemarks.
For example, at the top left click on “Directions” and enter “Arlington, VA” at the start, and “Washington, DC” at the end. Next click “Search”. The route between these two will be calculated. Now, you will see small “Play Tour” and “Stop Tour” buttons appear in the lower right below the directions. “Route” should be highlighted. Click the “Play Tour” button and you will be flown along the route to Washington, DC. (For added fun, select “Buildings” to see the 3D buildings of the Washington, DC area).
If you have a series of placemarks in your Places, you can select the folder with those placemarks and use the Fly Tour mode there as well. A keyboard shortcut – F10 – can be used as well.
You can adjust the speed, viewing angle, and height by going to the menu item “Tools->Options” and selecting the “Control” tab. Click on “Advanced” to adjust the Camera Tilt and Range.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. “Play Tour” is a wonder function but one question: if the place marks are retrieved from the ‘NetworkLink’, is it possible to continue the ‘Play Tour’ after the placemarks have been updated?
    regards,
    rnv

  2. I think the only problem may be that you would have to reselect the folder or starting placemark with your mouse before re-selecting the “Play Tour” after the network link updates. If the refresh is faster than your tour, it may stop the tour as well.

  3. “Play Tour” is a wonder function but one question: if the place marks are retrieved from the ‘NetworkLink’, is it possible to continue the ‘Play Tour’ after the placemarks have been updated?

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