How to create an animated custom Google Map for your travel videos

Oct 17, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to create an animated custom Google Map for your travel videos

Oct 17, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Maps are wonderful things. They don’t just let us figure out how to get from here to there, but they can also provide context, especially in travel videos. They let the viewer see how far we’ve gone, or get an idea of the surrounding area, or one of a million other reasons you might want to put a map in your video.

Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, doing this is now easier than ever. In this video, Jason Boone walks us through one way to create them using Google My Maps and Google Earth Studio to create an image sequence you can bring into your video editor.

To use Google My Maps and Earth Studio, you’ll need a Google account and the Chrome web browser. Then, of course, you’ll need some kind of video editing application that can import image sequences. Fortunately, this includes Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve and just about all of the other leading non-linear editors out there.

In the video, Jason walks us through the whole process from creating your custom map, exporting it, bring it into Google Earth Studio, animating it and exporting out your final sequence.

It’s not a difficult process, but it is quite involved, which is why Jason’s video is just over 19-minutes long. Much of the first half of it covers creating and setting up your map just the way you want it, while most of the latter half is on animating it in Google Earth Studio.

It’s a handy technique to know if you make travel videos or vlogs often, or if you just want to add a little motion graphics flare to your most recent vacation video.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “How to create an animated custom Google Map for your travel videos”

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    Kai Dean

    That is brilliant! I love this. Just last week I was trying to figure out how I could do this nicely for an Instagram Story