YouTube Searching in Google Earth

One of the less obvious, yet very powerful, new features in Google Earth 5 is the ability to support most HTML within placemarks. Virgil Zetterlind of has posted on his Maplify blog a useful new function for Google Earth by capitalizing on the ability to add forms to a placemark. You can use Virgil’s new YouTube search tool to add a video search query to Google Earth. It will let you dynamically search for that query according to your current view. Once you enter a query, select “Get Google Earth File“. Once it loads (you must use Google Earth 5), go to a location where you want to view those videos. Each time you move to a new location it will show you new videos for that location. You can view the videos in the placemarks it presents. More importantly, you can open the “Maplify YouTube Query Control” placemark and enter a new query to immediately begin a new search within Google Earth. This is an excellent demonstration of how the new capabilities for Google Earth 5 will lead to some powerful new applications!

YouTube Query Tool in Google Earth

By the way, I’m currently in St. Augustine, Florida sailing my way back up to North Carolina. We had a great sail from Miami to here (expect GPS track and pictures in a few days). Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be motoring up the coast the rest of the way due to winds and other weather factors.

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. be safe!

  2. That’s pretty cool!
    This example uses JavaScript alone (no iframe).

  3. When do you think we will have more Spanish cities in google street view??

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