Google Earth 5 Record Tour Notes

Google Earth 5 introduced a powerful new feature called “Record Tour“. In its basic mode it lets you hit a record button and record actions in Google Earth so you can share what you see. You can also record voice over narration with your tours. The Tour function is even more powerful if you delve into the Tour documentation, and much more powerful if you learn how to program Tours in the KML directly.
Richard Treves has been reviewing the new Tour functionality from a user perspective as a design specialist. He has made several posts commenting on the good and bad of the new Tour function in GE 5 (see his posts: one, two, three). In his last post, he adds historical imagery changes to a tour. Richard compares one of his tour to the tour I generated during my first review of GE 5’s Tour function.
From a developer perspective, Brian Flood of Arc2Earth makes some interesting comments about the power of the Tour function in GE 5. He notes that you can have independent camera track and focus points (like a cinematographer), and you can control the speed of playback as well. Not only that, but he comments that he’s considering making a new application to produce more sophisticated tours. I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with based on his excellent work with Arc2Earth.

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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