YouTube Demo of SpaceNavigator with Google Earth

I’ve made a short (3 minute) video demonstration of the new 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator™ in use. I had trouble with my ISP this morning which delayed getting this up earlier. The SpaceNavigator is the coolest gadget you can buy for Google Earth (buy SpaceNavigator PE at Amazon for less than the $59 retail), and I think any GE fan should get one right away. Read my overview of the SpaceNavigator here.
Here is my video demo of the SpaceNavigator:

See some other videos at OgleEarth’s review of the SpaceNavigator.
Related (seen in the video):

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. Nice tool indeed!

  2. Hi,
    I would love to see a RECORD feature in Google Earth where I can make a path and record that camera path so i can send that ‘movie’ clip to another person or keep in an archive…is there such a feature?

  3. PAUL, you can do this with Google Earth Pro (this movie making capability is now a standard feature with Pro). Or you can buy something like FRAPS from which lets you capture movies on Windows.

  4. What’s the difference between the Personal Edition and the Standard Edition? I’m considering to buy one.

  5. The main difference is that the SE edition is licensed for commercial use. You also get more than online technical support with the SE edition. I think they wanted to have a low enough price point for consumers to be attracted at the $59 for the PE edition. But, I think $99 is still a great price for a device like this if you are a professional.

  6. Yeah that product works great but what other progs can I use it with? Also… How do you get those clouds in Google Earth?!?!!

  7. Hi JKH,
    You can get the clouds two ways. First, by downloading the Blue Marble Add-on I wrote – turn on the clouds in the Blue Marble folder:
    Or you can just download a version of Global Clouds. This is the standard one:
    And here is a GE 4 version where you can set the altitude for the clouds:

  8. I also wanted to find a way to record google earth. I found a free one online. i forget where just search screen recorder.
    I have posted some on there. Panajachel is the best.

  9. Frank,
    thanks for the presentation!
    This is just the best Christmas gift I could think of – for everyone!

  10. ok i don’t have this spacenavigator thingy. how do i get it? do i buy it or do i have to order it?oh… and one more question…when you use the 3-d thing on the spacenavigator in the video..does it work on any building or just the famous/known ones?

  11. hey frank
    thanks for the great demo, and the great site. i’ve used google earth for a while now just flying into one place on a map. but now i want to arc around certain buildings (like the CN tower) and this looks like it’s perfect for it
    just wondering, do you know the difference between the models of the mouse, and how it would affect me doing something like a simple arc around a focal point (i want to avoid starting/stopping, and do a full 360)
    there seems to be a SpacePilot Pro, a Space Explorer, and a Space Navigator…so confusing!
    thanks frank

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