Synchronized YouTube with Google Earth Plugin

I’m going to give Keir Clarke at GoogleMapsMania the honorary title of “Google Earth plugin/Tour maniac”! Keir’s latest creation is a little app that can play YouTube video’s sideb-by-side with a Google Earth Tour so you can both watch a video and see its geospatial context, or view related 3D related content. This is a great idea! See his two examples: a mini-documentary of Frank Gehry with a GE tour of some of his buildings in 3D in GE, and a tour of the Vatican while viewing the 3D GE version.

Frank Gehry Video with GE Plugin

My very first thought when I saw Keir’s idea here was of a similar thing I did back in 2007. At the time, I wanted to create a synchronized playback of a YouTube video showing a Swiss fighter jet flying through the Alps, while I flew the exact same sequences in Google Earth. At the time, there was no flight simulator in Google Earth – just a crude mouse control. I did a fair job of screen capturing the video se quences and produced a video you could play along side the original. See the results here. I’m going to have to try doing the same thing with a GE 5 Tour and use the Flight sim and record it as a GE Tour this time, and try that with Keir’s synchronized playback app!

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. marquies says:

    Saw something like that already ->

  2. did a pretty good job of syncing video and Google Maps, I’d really like to see them use the Google Earth Plugin too

  3. provides a tool were you can even add scenes and camera views combined with video/audio features. There is a tool called tour director that let´s you take total control of how you synchronize the Google Earth Plugin scenes (3D animations) with text, audio, video and picture material. The result, so called Guided Tours are as well portable (via iFrame) to any other web page you need it to be displayed

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