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Google Earth Night Lights Movie

Google Earth 5 is impressive - its allows movies to be made in minutes that before would of taken a couple of days in a high end 3d package. The movie below was captured in real-time using the Sun Cycle combined with NASA's night time imagery.

The addition of day time imagery to the clip would be a simple case of re-recording using a fixed flightpath and superimposing with the standard earth view. However, we really like the lighting effects of the night cycle combined with the city lights thus the rough cut below:

Google Earth NASA Night from digitalurban on Vimeo.

As a contrast our movie of population density in the UK, below, was visualized in After Effects and took around 3 hours to complete. If we had imported it into Google Earth we could of gained a similar effect in a few minutes.

Visualising Data: UK Population One Light per 200 People from digitalurban on Vimeo.

Music is by a rather good unsigned band - Lemonade Joe.

1 comment:

  1. Funny. Night ligths in the day zone?..
    I´ve made an overlay for GE time ago that shows the things correct. The file is not working rigth know due to some problems the Google Earth Community server has had. But here you have an image of what I´m saying: