Google Earth has been launched in the early 2000s, and its capacity to get you to different places and show you various parts of the world (in 3D!) is highly used today, too, especially when it comes to TV broadcasts. Instead of capturing a screen recording of the Earth, Google wants to release a specialized animation tool that has extensive customizability and even export.
They use 3D imagery
Google Earth is an animation tool that’s powered, of course, by Google Earth’s satellite and some 3D imagery. It lets news organizations, education, nonprofit users and research users to make stills, and videos of large-scale features, aerial imagery and even individual city buildings.
The web app is friendly-user and its features help in zooming a location, moving point-to-point, orbiting and spiraling. Users can also enter the wanted location and customize some of the features, from the camera’s field of view, to attributes, such as the time of the day and even the position of the sun.
There’s no need for any kind of animation experience, because the app uses keyframes, such as standard industry tools. Users can also add map labels and pins in the post-production time with the export support to Adobe After Effects.
The preview version of Earth Studio is meant for news publications and media organizations, and is granted on a case-by-case basis. Those who are interested, they need to complete a form, since the website is still working in Chrome, because the Native Client support is required. Google Earth might want in future to expand to other browsers.
The thing is that, as long as the content created from Earth Studio is attributed as it’s supposed to, it can be used for any purpose, like education, research, non-profit or film.
Katie Tachuck is a reporter for News Lair. After graduating from UCLA, Katie got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a investigative journalist and producer. Katie has also worked as a columnist for the The Santa Fe New Mexican. Katie covers economy and community events for News Lair.