Google Earth as a Visualization Tool for Water Resources Systems Planning (Part 2)

This post is part 2 of a multi-part series of posts that aims to describe ways in which Google Earth Pro (GEP) is useful as a visualization tool for water resources systems planning. In my previous blog post on this topic, I showed how Google Earth Pro (GEP) can be used to create visualizations of planned reservoir sites. (You can read the post here.). After you create a GEP visualization of interest, there are several ways to share that visualization with others. In this post I will show how you can create a tour of yourself exploring a visualization, and create and save a high quality video of that tour that you can send to others (or post in a blog, like I have done below). The following steps are required. 1. Create a visualization (such as I did here), or pick a site you want to explore in GEP. 2. Record a tour. Use the toolbar at the top of the GEP window to locate the “Record a tour” button (in the same place where you found the “Add a placemark” and “Add a polygon” buttons in the previous GEP post). A new little panel should appear in the lower left of the GEP window (see circled areas in image below), which will show you options to record a tour on your screen, including video (red button icon) and audio (microphone icon).


When you are ready to begin creating your tour, click on the record button, and GEP will now record the places you are visiting. While GEP is recording, try visiting a few locations on your screen, or flying over your reservoir visualization. Note that if you want to capture a video of actions you are taking in GEP (such as clicking on menus) to create a tutorial for others, then it would be better to use a video screen capture tool, as GEP does not record such actions as part of a tour. When you are done creating your tour, press the record button again to stop recording. Replay the tour to make sure it looks OK before saving it. Click on the “save” button that now appears in the menu on the lower left, and GEP will give you options to save your video as a “Tour”. Save it, and it should now appear in the “places” menu on the left hand side of the GEP window. 3. Create and save a high quality video of your tour. First, and this is important, close the little tour recorder menu on the lower left of your GEP window. Doing this will allow you to access GEP’s “movie maker” features. Go to Tools–>Movie Maker. In the window that appears, select a supported compression format. (I don’t know much about this, so I’ve just been using their default setting on this.). Also select the resolution you prefer. (The video I post below is the 1920×1080 (HD) option for resolution). In the “Record from…” category, select “A saved tour”, and select the tour you just created from your dropdown menu. Browse for a location where you want to save the video, and then click the “Create Movie” button. This will create and save a video on your desktop. Your screen will appear something like this before you create your movie:


4. Post your video for others to see. I have done this below as an embedded youtube video. If you’re wondering about different options for creating videos and posting them on a blog, I found Joe Kasprzyk’s previous post on this topic to be very helpful.


2 thoughts on “Google Earth as a Visualization Tool for Water Resources Systems Planning (Part 2)

  1. Pingback: Google Earth as a Visualization Tool for Water Resources Systems Planning (Part 1) – Water Programming: A Collaborative Research Blog

  2. Pingback: Google Earth Pro: the cool, the trade-offs and the limits – Water Programming: A Collaborative Research Blog

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