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Introduce your video clip with satellite view (Google Earth)

Introduce your video clip with satellite view (Google Earth) By yann56 - Last updated on Saturday, November 9, 2013
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Edition, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Sunday, October 7, 2012
Created on Sunday, August 19, 2012 4:48 AM

There are several ways to introduce the video of a trip. We can, for example, highlight the geographical location of the visited sites. This is what I had previously used in the tutorial "An introduction leading to the menu" and "Making professional menu with "highlight" buttons" whose objective was to show how an introduction may lead directly to the chapters' menu. Here, the goal is to make this introduction.

Here, is an example for a trip to La Réunion Island and then Rodrigues Island via Mauritius Island :

To achieve this, we use three softwares : Google Earth to overflight, Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 to take a HD screengrab (or the new Live Screen provided with Pinnacle Studio 17), then Studio (15 in this tuto) to finalize.

Step 1 : fly over the trip

With Google Earth we do overflights and landings from a starting point to an arrival point. An active internet connection is required.

The starting point is the earth with France in center. For this, we will position and size the planet with the navigation tool (1) (right side of the image). Note that you uncheck all the data boxes to simplify the presentation (2).

Size and position with the navigation tool
Let's record this destination in "My favourites places", then right-click, "Add", "Placemark". Record Destination
In the "New placemark" window write "Earth" in (1), choose the size and color of text in (2), then click the "placemark" icon in (3). Name of the destination
to hide it with "no icon". Remove marker
An arrival point will be La Réunion island. It can be found directly with the navigation tool or by using "Research" filling in "La Réunion" (1), validate in (2) and uncheck (3) to avoid double display (Research and favorite places). Find a destination
This image being too large for our needs, we resize it with the navigation tool as previously. Let's call it "La Réunion" in "My favourite places", right-click, "Placemark" like above. Record La Réunion
The procedure is the same for Rodrigues. (search Rodrigues Mauritius) Idem for Rodrigues

So we have our starting point and two destinations (tick it to display their names, while unchecking "Earth", which has no interest). For overflights we proceed as follows:

- Position on "Earth" with left double-click.

- then on "La Réunion" by left double-click. Flying over the earth to "La Réunion" begins.

- once the image of "La Réunion" stabilized, select the same way "Rodrigues".

Procedure for overflight

During this time, we capture the screens of these overflights "Earth-La Réunion" and then "La Réunion-Rodrigues". But first we have to set the duration of overflights. If you use the default speed, the duration of overflight is too fast, half this duration should be ok (neither too slow nor too fast). In addition, there is a problem: indeed, we run simultaneously two very heavy processes. Heavy real-time ressources are required. Even with a powerful computer, the video may, at times, be jerky, some frames might be lost. Fortunately, there is a trick that gives satisfaction : do an overflight a lot slower, for example 10 times slower than default speed. It will suffice, then, to multiply by 5 the speed of the captured videoduring editing to get an adequate speed. Even if there are some frame loss, the jerks will not be perceptible!

It is possible, moreover, if this is not enough, to set the capture with a higher priority (in the Windows Task Manager).

We replace (menu navigation) the speed value 0.1800 (default) by 0.018, making the overflight 10 times slower. This is to avoid the jerks with frame loss. Change speed overflight
Step 2 : Screengrab

After downloading and installing Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 (encoder_fr.exe), open it on the Google Earth window.

In the bar that appears, you click in (1) to set in (2) the frame rate to 25, then cllick OK (3), and (4) the red button. Expression Encoder parameter

In the new bar that appears, select with the key (1) the frame that interests us, namely the active window Google Earth (without sidebar). It appears framed in red. Then start recording by clicking the red button (2). A dialog box may appear indicating that there is not enough space to display the Recording toolbar and specifies how to stop recording (Ctrl + Shift + F12). But you can also activate the software icon that appears during recording in the status bar. After the countdown we launch the overflight as previously described by double-clicking in (3) on "La Réunion" and then on "Rodrigues".

Note : You must be very attentive to the course overflight and if even minimal interruption occurs it is advantageous to stop and restart. These interruptions usually come from the network.

First sceenshot
At the end of overflights after stopping screengrab (ctr + Shift + F12 or click the program icon), click in the new window that appears on "Send to encoder". Send to encoder
This opens the module "Expression Encoder 4" which looks like a movie editor. We will simply validate "Encoder" to obtain a file in wmv format in a folder "Expression / Expression Encoder / output / computer name date time / sreen-capture-date-hour.wmv." This is the file that will be processed in Studio. Encoder
Step 3 : Finalization of edit

Observation : Included in a 1920x1080 project , the planet can be not very round in Studio, but extended vertically. We will rectify this by using in the toolbox (1), the video clip effect (2) Studio HD Rtfx rotation (3) adjusting the horizontal size to an appropriate value (4). How to determine this value that depends on the size of the window? In fact, Studio transforms the ratio of the image from 1220/824 = 1,48 (in my case) to a standard ratio of 4/3 = 1.33. The ratio 1.48 / 1.33 = 1.11 gives a percentage of 111. Phew!, we can breathe, earth is round!

However, in most cases the software keeps the proportions with black sidebars.


We will now remove the text at the bottom of page, the black sidebars and the navigation tools (that could have been hiden during recording) by adding (1) pan and zoom (2) with a zoom of 20 (3), in my case.

You can adjust the position of the picture by adjusting the cursor "Vertical"

Deletion vertical bars and text

We will now speed up the video. It could have been included in the previous step, but Studio does not like too much "heavy boats".

Accelerate to 500%, thus dividing the length of the video clip by 5. (10 times slower initially).

Accelerate video

Export optionally with a title, a comment, a few music and here is the final result :

Good trip!

{The screenshots were made using Snagit 10 de TechSmith}
{Thanks to Saby for the translation}

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videoman3857 By # videoman3857 @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 2:01 AM
What can I say?

Absolutely BRILLIANT.

Thank-you for sharing.

yann56 By # yann56 @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 3:37 AM
Thank you very much for your appreciation videoman3857.
It encourages us to share more.


Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Saturday, November 9, 2013 4:05 PM
For information, Yann 256 inform us that the new software called "Live Screen" which is provided with Pinnacle Studio 17 can be used instead of Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.


Roberto By # Roberto @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 2:02 PM
Does Microsoft Expression Decoder 4 run with PS17 Ultimate and Windows 8.1?

Yann256 By # Yann256 @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 4:05 PM
Hello Roberto,

Yes, no problem to run Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 with PS17 Ultimate and Windows 8.1

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