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I can't seem to get this looking right. First of all trying to scale and line up the each image seems almost impossible because each image is at a slightly different angle so I have one part lined up but another part is out. Also once I have them all connected etc the images look blurry. I tried this for 5 hours and had no success. A tutorial on how to prepare the images from google earth in photoshop may be helpful.
Hi Ben

I went through this one and got all the images right. Its a setting that tells you if its angled or not. However my problem is that its really blurry when i just zoom slightly in. I have no idea why this is happening! Anyone else knows if Im missing a setting or something?
7 years later and i still go back to this tutorial:
Just made this little video using it:
For some reason, I'm having problem from the get go. As soon as I'm done lining up all the images to each other, I unparent everything and then parent it to layer one. Problem is that only layer 1 shows up when as I scale. As I scale down, nothing but the black bg shows up. Using AE CS5.
Baz M
For some reason the exponential option was greyed out after following the tutorial.

I tried testing the exponential function in a new comp with just a solid being scaled and for some reason the option wasn't greyed out and it worked.

I don't understand why the exponential function doesn't work in the zoom project and why it will work in a new comp.

If you are wondering about my workaround this was my method:

. While in zoom project create a new comp by clicking the "create a new comp button"
. Created a new solid (doesn't matter what colour)
. Set scale keyframes and match the to the keyframes in the zoom project
. Go back into the comp with just the solid in it and select both the scale keyframes - right click on them and select exponential scale (if you can!)
. Copy and paste the exponential keyframes from the comp with just the solid into it to the zoom comp

- This may not work for everybody but that worked for me.
I am not sure if I have the Pro version of After Effects or not (When I go to about "about after effects..." It just says "After Effects CS6", it doesn't say pro.
Hi Farris,

Can I commission you to produce such a video for my website? If so, how can I get hold of you to discuss?


I need a zoom in FullHD from the "Earth" to Beirut. It have to be 30 secunde long. How much it cost if you do it for me?
Thank you.
sunny savage
Aloha, How do I get in touch with you Farris? I'm interested in having something like this done from Kahului, Maui, Hawaii out to space.
Elem I'll be happy to do it for you for $30.
Someone please help me! I have done everything exactly as instructed up to 8:45. I have created the keyframes and am now trying to add an exponential scale to my layer "1". But the problem I am facing is that the "exponential scale option is greyed out! I cannot figure out why. I created a new comp, and it worked. I even duplicated the clip and when I unpainted all the objects from it, it worked. Please help me
paul beauchamp
I had to make the layer a 3d layer in order for this to work. I think you also have to be wary that you don't go below / above zero. I.e. if you start on a value of -200 don't go higher than 0. Likewise if you start at 200 don't go lower than 0!
I thought I heard him say you needed the pro version of After Effects
The overlaying works, but when I'm fitting it (and thus when I'm zoomed in, in the composition preview window) everything is pixellated, is this because I took the printscreens at a resolution of 1600*900? (the cropped size is 1500*700 because I had to cut of some Google symbols)

Your tutorial is amazing! Just thank you from a french guy!
Just a question, I have a problem when i link all the parents with the first layer (6"25): The layer 8, the entire earth, is distorted like a pierced blue ballon. The image 8 is like a trapeze and not rectangular... And when the parents are none, everything is fine. My images are 1480 by 1360. I did it one time with your dimensions, 864 X 480, and it worked well.
I need help, it's for a presentation... :S
@ Audrey Luce..Im also kinda new 2 A.E as well but...Try soloing the first layer by itself n see if it scales up or down. click the solo sqaure in the timeline beside the file u want to solo

@ smile...Once you finish project grab the created composition and put it into the Create a New composition icon. Right click said Icon and go to
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40. Earth Zoom
• Create a cosmic Earth zoom in AE
• Use masking and parenting to link imagery
Posted on Jul 02, 2007
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