Now that Google Earth Pro is free it is worth exploring some of the features it has that are not available in the standard version of Google Earth.
Google Earth Pro comes with a built in tool for recording called ‘Movie Maker’ which was first introduced in 2006. It is very easy to use. Just open the Movie Maker dialog box, select the settings you desire, such as video format, resolution and the name of the output file, then hit ‘Create Movie’. You also have the option to either record your live keyboard and mouse navigation or a saved tour.
We did a short test video, and although it is a bit jerky, it was very easy to create and came out better than expected. We also had no difficulty uploading it to YouTube.
A tour of Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA, which has recently received 3D imagery.
If you are wondering how we created the tour above – we used a Space Navigator, which makes flying around Google Earth significantly easier than a keyboard and mouse.
If you want to make high quality movies, then Movie Maker is probably not the best choice. Consider using other screen recording tools, such as fraps, or if you have a Nvidia graphics card, Nvidia’s Geforce Experience comes with free recording software.
Also be sure to note that the Google Earth license agreement does not allow you to use the video footage for uses other than private. There are also strict attribution guidelines from Google and for public use special permission must be obtained from Google. For TV and film a broadcast license needs to be applied for. You can put your video on Youtube but you may not monetize it.