Google Earth lets you explore our world in three dimensions. In its latest update, Google has added a whole new dimension to the tool – time. From now on, you can see time flying in any corner of the Earth and witness the change it went through between 1984 and 2020. In some parts of the world, this change is impressive. But in the others, it’s devastating.
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.
Google has unveiled a 3-decade timelapse of Earth. It shows the images shot from space, featuring different corners of our planet and the changes they underwent over the course of thirty years.
Timelapse videos are awesome, and we love them for many reasons. To me, it’s especially interesting when they’re made from screenshots, because it’s still not that common. But this one is different. It’s more than just interesting, and it’s not about the technique, technology and time it took to make it. It’s striking and eye opening. It left me with a really strong impression.
Google Earth is an incredible program with many practical applications. For instance, I use it frequently for creating custom files for my handheld GPS and for mapping upcoming outdoor excursions. One of the most powerful features of Google Earth is its stunning satellite imagery which covers the four corners of the globe. This means that, for those too lazy/broke to travel the globe in real life, you can take in the splendors of the earth right from your desktop. And, since Google Earth Pro went free earlier this year, you can “capture” it all in stunning HD.
Earth View is boasts having “a collection of the most beautiful and striking landscapes found in Google Earth.” These images comprise varied settings from deserts to oceans, from prairies to mountains…and pretty much everything in between. All of the hard work of location scouting has been done for you, the photos have been captured, and all you have to do is simply revel in a whole lot of awesome.
No many know this but Google Earth had a bigger brother called Google Earth Pro and while the ‘lil sibling was free, getting the pro version was $400/year. No small change.
I guess there were not too many hoppers on that offer and now Google is releasing Google Earth Pro for free (right here). That is a steep $400/year (or 100%) drop making Pro available to everyone.
What can you do with the pro version? For starters, you can export bigger images, the regular version supported only 1000×1000px photos, while the pro version enables you to dump 4800×3200px photos which should be good enough for 4K resolution.
The pro version also enables to capture HD videos of the view you are seeing on screen.
(Pro also enables batch address import and better distance measuring, but I guess that only applies to traveling photographers).
The fact that Google Earth Pro is now free does not mean you do not have to get a key but you can easily get one on the form here.