How to Make a Google Earth Panorama

Panorama photo in Google EarthThe guys at DigitalUrban have put together a cool tutorial on how to create a panorama photo using Google Earth. Their method basically outlines how to set up a virtual camera on a “tripod” and take multiple screenshots of GEs satellite photo landscape. Then use a panorama stitching program like Stitcher by Realviz to create an initial file. Some photoshop work is needed to add some realistic clouds and fix some stitching artifcats due to anomalies created due to this being a 3D model (not the real Earth). The result is a file viewable with Quicktime [2.8 Mbytes] (or some other QTVR viewing program) which let’s you spin about and see the panorama.
It would be neat to see if you could do a closer to ground panorama with 3D buildings in GE. Then, I’d like to see if you could use the TriDef stereoscopic viewer to create a stereoscopic 3D panorama with GE…
One of DigitalUrban’s readers has already produced a different Google Earth panorama using the tutorial.
Recently, someone did something similar with Half Life 2 (the 3D first person shooter), letting you view 3D panoramas.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. It seems that Gabys Kmz Panorama Capture Tool at no longer exists.
    Is there any tutorial out there how to calculate placemarks for panoramas?

  2. The panotool seems to be back 🙂

  3. Not really Dave, Panoramic Earth ( shows cylindrical 360 panoramas that people have taken from the various places and links them to Google Map of the world. The method described here lifts an image from Google Earth and wraps that. One is original photography and the other is not.

  4. ARASH'S home

  5. David Lintz says:

    can i recover all my info previously loaded to G. Earth? I had a disk fail with no hard back up drive, I was hoping for a way to access a server since I have the same e.mail addresses as before. All that work…gone?

  6. Hi,i have a question,when everytime i try to typ my address at google earth and enter it ,it always show nothing at the map,and my friends are try to come to my house,but they can’t find out how to get to my house,is it because my address is new or the problem with the google earth?can you please help me out.
    thank you

  7. Peter Atkin says:

    Google earth shows My hotel in the wrong place. It is causing problems for us. Our guests are arriving at a coal merchants approx. 300yds South of the hotel.
    How can I have this rectified?
    The hotel name is ‘Burton Lodge Hotel’ and the Post Code is YO25 8RU.
    Can you please help me.
    Peter Atkin, Burton Lodge Hotel, Brandesburton, Driffield. East Yorkshire, YO25 8RU

  8. I’m having the same problem as peter above. I’ve tried editing google maps and the changes have been accepted but they are not being showed on google maps. here’s the link to the map,-62.684104&spn=0.011515,0.018346&z=16
    The St. Christopher Club is actually where Sugar Bay Club is on the map. Sugar Bay is 2 properties north of us.

  9. Mahendra Mishra says:

    How to create and upload panoramic view (360 degree) on Google Earth?

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