Sorry for the late response Rix...not sure why I didn't respond earlier.
Rix wrote:CD, just found this page by accident. When you made your vids, did you use Google Earth Geo Based mapping when you zoom in to where your are riding on the globe at the beginning? I like that and would like to add that dimension to my vids.
Glad you found me.
The link is in my Sig, but many people (including myself to some degree) are accustomed to tuning out sig's. I might make it bigger.
I do use Google Earth, good spotting.
Here is a little tutorial on the steps I follow:
1 - Download and install the local desktop Google Earth client: https://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html
2 - Download and install a desktop video capturing app. I like to use Video Capture Pad; http://download.cnet.com/CapturePad/300 ... 7647.html?
I've tried a number without much success as they all seem to be focused on capturing slow refresh or relatively static video rather than the smooth video required of the moving earth.
3 - Fire up Google Earth, and customize the look/feel (layers) for what you want to be included in the capture. Generally speaking I like a minimalist view with nothing present but place names and roads to make it easy for viewers to locate themselves in the 2-3 seconds the videos display's for.
4 - Navigate to your intended zoom end point and orient the view how you want it to be right before crossing to your footage using middle mouse click. For most of my video's this is as close to the starting point of the video as possible so necessitates a nearly horizontal view along the road or path I'm riding.
5 - Once the view is set, go to to Add>Placemark. Change to the View tab, and hit Snapshot current view, then give it a name and hit OK.
6 - On the lefthand Places pane uncheck the checkbox for the newly created Placemark to hide it from view.
7 - Scroll out and up to your intended starting zoom location and follow steps 4-6 again to set another Placemark for the beginning location.
If you're using CapturePad, follow the next steps to capture a video of your zoom to earth. If you're using some other video capturing application, sorry I can't help you.
8 - Position and enlarge Google Earth, but don't maximize as you will need some screen area left to operate CapturePad without it capturing itself, then load up CapturePad.
9 - Set the Screen area option and hit Set Region, then drag the region over the area of Google Earth you want to capture and hit OK. I generally like to exclude the controls so it looks cleaner.
10 - Set the video codec and frame rate.
Note: You might have to experiment with the codec's CapturePad uses to capture video as it seems to mess things up with some of them and the resulting video is either way to fast or funky colors or something. I've found the best combo is the Intel IYUV codec with 25 frames per second. This codec seems to get installed when you install VLC. I've also found some other codecs work, but only if the frame rate is reduced and the resulting video is long, which can be fixed by speeding up the resulting video.
11 - Double click your zoomed out starting point Placemark to zoom out, then hit Start on Video Capture pad to start recording and double click your zoom end point Placemark. Once zoomed in, stop the video.
Note: Depending on your internet connection speed, you might have to switch between the 2 zoom points a number of times in order to get Google earth to load all transition layers. The recorded video will just show what you see, so if Google Earth is still loading images that will show up in your video.
12 - Check your resulting video to make sure it's smooth, etc. Then trim it using what ever video editing software you use.
Hopefully you should end up with a result like this: