More Google Earth Video Demos – New video category

Sometimes people just don’t seem to understand that Google Earth is really a very cool application. Video content seems to be a way to easily captivate many people’s attention. And Google Earth’s 3D content and smooth motion makes it an ideal movie subject. Today I noticed a post at One Man’s Blog which highlights several Google Earth tours showing off some of its capabilities. Here are two of them:

Google Earth Blog has been increasing the use of video in blog entries to illustrate unique content best seen in motion. In fact, I’ve just added a new category today called “Video” for blog entries including video, and you can view a gallery of YouTube videos created by Gearthblog here.
Related: See how to find the African Animals in Google Earth

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. I’m not looking for trouble, I just want some clarification on GE’S EULA, is it legal to post video content of GE without a broadcast license? I know they haven’t asked anyone to remove videos, but is it technically legal for them to do so?

  2. very good question, id like to know the answer. And also another question.
    Do all people who create those great and smooth videos own this fancy special 3D navigator thing or are there any other techniques to create those tours ?

  3. Ernst M. Kofler says:

    One technique to produce those videos is. Create placemarks for each “stop” of your tour. Don’t turn them on so they will not be visible during your flight. Tune your fly-speed to a low value so that the flight during the capture process will be low. As a result, all data can be loaded, all 3D objects will show up.
    Now click your placemarks to fly your tour. During flight, you can turn on/off placemarks to show/hide text and icons.
    When capturing your flight, go to and fro multiple times to ensure all objects of each leg are cached.
    You can combine the technique of clicking placemarks, using the keyboard for horizontal flights, and using a space navigator for free flights. Go forward/backward multiple times for giving you a wider selection of takes.
    When your done, take a movie maker type program and finalize your vid by selecting the best scenes of each leg. Speed up the scenes so that the speed is cool. The result will be a smooth full-data flight vid.

  4. The WTC thing is a little creepy. :/

  5. This is a really neat usage of GE but I too would like to know the if Google would frown on commercial uses for these kinds of videos.

  6. I’m very curious to know the legality commericial use, I recently posted one on YouTube for our subdivision:

  7. My Google Earth is covered with YouTube icons. Some of which are crap, in my opinion…. and they have no relationship to where they are placed.
    How can I get rid of/hide these YouTube icons? Does it have something to do with removing a “layer”?
    Thanks for your help.
    Roy Atlanta, GA USA

  8. Hi.
    I’ve searched for a while, but I can’t find a simple tutorial on how to add songs/music to a google earth tour. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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