YouTube API on Swiss Fighter Video

Last year in March I was planning to show off the new Swiss Alps imagery and high resolution 3D terrain in Google Earth. I decided to mimic a cool YouTube video of a Swiss Airforce fighter flying through the alps by flying the same flight in Google Earth (mind you, this was before the flight simulator was added to Google Earth, so I had to use the much more difficult G-force mode to do the flying). The video was a huge success, and even Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt is a fan of my stunt. I set it up so you could play both videos next to each other so they were in synch. But, you had to push both play buttons.
Juan Ignacio from the Canary Islands sent me an E-mail that he has used the new YouTube API to add a single Play button to start both videos at the same time. You can visit his post to try it out (it’s in Spanish – but, just hit the big Play button). I asked Juan if it was possible to use the API to turn off the volume on my version of the video (where I made a poor copy of the original song). UPDATE: He’s already implemented this request!
See my original post which goes into detail on how the flight in GE was created.

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.

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