Jerky Google Earth video, help

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by gA, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. gA

    gA Guest

    I am assembling my holiday pictures with Proshow Gold and I want
    to include a piece of video 'Fly To' from Google Earth (I capture
    it with SnagIt). When I play it in my slide show that video is
    'jerky', not smooth at all.

    The Google Earth original is at 15 fps and I have tried converting
    it to 29.97 fps with Super, without success. Any advice on the fix?
    Thank you in advance. - gA
     
    gA, Jul 2, 2007
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    webpa Guest

    I solve the problem by "capturing" the flight with a camcorder: Set to
    manual white balance and exposure (adjust for best color/etc), point
    camera at an LCD monitor (1280x1024) in a dark room, run the flight
    forward and reverse a couple of times to fill the buffer, then
    shoot...works great. Be sure to set the buffer size (in the Google
    Earth applet) as large as possible. A CRT monitor is unlikely to be
    usable here because of the much faster refresh rate...which will not
    match the camcorder's frame rate. If you don't have a desk-top LCD,
    then perhaps you can use a notebook.
     
    webpa, Jul 2, 2007
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    PTravel Guest

    There's an explanation on my website of how to get good Google Earth
    results, along with a couple of sample videos:

    http://travelersvideo.com/titlesandcredits.htm
     
    PTravel, Jul 2, 2007
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  4. gA

    gA Guest

    Your San Francisco video is what I have been striving to end up
    with, without success. Without having to buy other programs, is
    there a way I can use what I have, or other free programs? I would
    love to produce a similar video to yours, but your site is not
    detailed enough for someone like myself. Thanks for your help.
    - gA
     
    gA, Jul 2, 2007
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  5. gA

    PTravel Guest

    I had tried a variety of free screen capture programs, but only FRAPS was
    able to output smooth video. The China video example was done by capturing
    the video output of Google Earth to a camcorder. That will provide a smooth
    zoom, but also requires a graphics card with video output. Also, as I
    noted, some resolution will be lost because of the necessity of cropping out
    the Google text.

    As for the rest of the steps, I suspect any video editing package is capable
    of cropping a frame, assuming they can handle a non-standard size video (as
    I indicated, FRAPS output 912 x 912, whereas the standard for NTSC DV video
    is 720 x 480). The instructions I provided on my website assume some
    familiarity with editing software. Neither here nor my website is an
    appropriate place to provide fundamental instructions on video editing, but
    there are plenty of sites that do provide that kind of information.
     
    PTravel, Jul 2, 2007
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  6. Here's my reply to your identical query in alt.video.dvd.authoring:

    "I get good results capturing GE tours using a program called FRAPS,
    which was designed for games captures.
    http://www.fraps.com/"

    which I see also recommended here by PTravel.

    My 5 year old PC is much slower than his (it's an Athlon 1800 1 GB),
    but results seem good, with FRAPS frame rates of 20-25 during typical
    GE+ captures.

    My target is a PAL DVD on wide screen TV, so I set GE screen sizes
    accordingly. Some experiment was needed to get this right. I'm not
    usually fussed by status information and Google logo appearing in
    result. BTW, note that version 4 of GE allows complete removal of left
    hand pane. Tour can then be started with the 'P' key.

    I import resultant AVIs to Womble MPEG Editing Wizard (DVD),
    supplementing other content. That mostly consists of DVD-ready MPEG
    output from MemoriesOnTV, in which I prepare my photos (with pan/zoom,
    text captions, etc). Final authoring is done in TDA 1.6.
     
    Terry Pinnell, Jul 3, 2007
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  7. gA

    gA Guest

    Thank you all for good advice. Now I have a little experimenting
    to do..
    Cheers, gA
     
    gA, Jul 3, 2007
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