I’m going to give Keir Clarke at GoogleMapsMania the honorary title of “Google Earth plugin/Tour maniac”! Keir’s latest creation is a little app that can play YouTube video’s sideb-by-side with a Google Earth Tour so you can both watch a video and see its geospatial context, or view related 3D related content. This is a great idea! See his two examples: a mini-documentary of Frank Gehry with a GE tour of some of his buildings in 3D in GE, and a tour of the Vatican while viewing the 3D GE version.
My very first thought when I saw Keir’s idea here was of a similar thing I did back in 2007. At the time, I wanted to create a synchronized playback of a YouTube video showing a Swiss fighter jet flying through the Alps, while I flew the exact same sequences in Google Earth. At the time, there was no flight simulator in Google Earth – just a crude mouse control. I did a fair job of screen capturing the video se quences and produced a video you could play along side the original. See the results here. I’m going to have to try doing the same thing with a GE 5 Tour and use the Flight sim and record it as a GE Tour this time, and try that with Keir’s synchronized playback app!