40. Earth Zoom
• Create a cosmic Earth zoom in AE
• Use masking and parenting to link imagery
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923 Responses to "Earth Zoom"
Ben
10/09/2014
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.
thenated0g
09/24/2014
7 years later and i still go back to this tutorial:
Just made this little video using it:
http://youtu.be/g-Pzw9whFME
Vu
09/08/2014
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
08/08/2014
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.
Simon
07/03/2014
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?

Thanks,

Simon
elem
04/03/2014
Hey
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
06/24/2014
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.
Farris
05/10/2014
Elem I'll be happy to do it for you for $30.
Hunter
03/19/2014
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
08/30/2014
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!
sharon
05/01/2014
I thought I heard him say you needed the pro version of After Effects
Nils
03/11/2014
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)
Chris
03/06/2014
Hi,

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
umi
02/27/2014
@ 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
Time,Time Reverse Layer
Audrey Luce
02/25/2014
hi everybody. Sorry for my english i'm a french woman. I'm learning tut to on AE. Bit please help me :( When we wave to move the scale for the first layer (at the beginning at 6minutes) i don't see anything changing. My first layer isn't bigger. All my layers 'except erathstill) are in psd... I'm sure it's a silly mistake but i just can't find.


Thanks Guys ^^(maybe nobody will answer...but please..try <3 )
Sahel Takal
02/11/2014
hahahah loved the joke at the beginning
smile
01/24/2014
hi guys, i'm a fresh beginner with AE, could you please tell me how could i invert the effect? i need a zoom from space to earth.
Konrad
01/27/2014
If you change the values of the zoom and switch them around.
So set the 0.0005 on the First keyframe and then set the 100 on the last for the zoom levels
Radek
01/07/2014
Can i do this with element 3D as the last layer (Earth)? I am trying, but it is not working. Btw you are great!! :)
Pete
12/19/2013
It's a great tutorial and I love to use it in my next family movie; zooming out of the house we live in to outer space. But .... I can't get it working correctly. When I start with 100m in 7 steps to 4500m it works fine, but including the "earthstill" (at 64000m) it's a mess. Trying an intermediate picture at 30000m does not solve the problem. Did anyone encounter the same issue? If so, what's the solution; what did I do wrong?
K
12/09/2013
Tried it a couple of times, and it worked in the end with CS6 and Google Earth. The reason why you may not see the rest of the layers after connecting to layer 1, is because they go really fast. For me, it was size 0.00001 or smth like that, to be able to see the last photo.

For the photos and comp, I took the advice from an earlier comment:

"I sampled images from Google earth using the following guides – You can use Google Earths Earth ALT (Altitude) feature in the lower right hand of the screen:

Photo 1: 200m
Photo 2: 1, 52 km
Photo 3: 7, 47km
Photo 4: 30, 93km
Photo 5: 117, 63km
Photo 6: 856, 81km
Photo 7: 4700,00km
Photo 8: Large earth photo

I made my composition 1920 * 1080 and took several images at the ‘above’ Earth Altitudes in Google Earth to create 7 images 5000 * 3000 pixels as I wanted the best resolution possible and room to move the still images around a little."
Pete
12/19/2013
Hi K, Is it correct that your "Large earth foto"is at 64000km? Did that mean that the 4700km foto had to be reduced to some 9%? I have a similar setup as yours, but when I include the earth picture, everything gets blurred. Did you modify any of the parameters of the earth foto? I have also CS6 and it would be great if you could help me!
connor
11/16/2013
Hey how do you rotate the picture to have it match up with the previous one? Whats the shortcut?
Gregr
03/11/2014
In the tool bar you should see what looks like a film camera. to the left of it is an icon that looks like an open ended circle with an arrow on the end. That's the rotation tool. Hope this helps!
amar
11/13/2013
where can i get the picture?
Yaakov Beckerman
11/10/2013
My earth still image has a white background how do I get rid of it?
Pete
12/20/2013
To get rid of the white around the earht? Import the picture in Photoshop, single out the earth and delete everything around it. (Most likely you have to do this on a layer-copy) Then, save the picture as a psd and merge the layers when importing in After Effects. Good luck!
Daniel
10/31/2013
Hi,
great tutorial but could you tell me how you got the high res map pictures as i tried google maps but they are not the same quality as yours???can you get back to me
daniel
10/28/2013
omg you killed me with the baloon string camera thing ! i just couldnt breathe !! lol
Manolo1Sanchez
10/25/2013
I used this in a Street Zoom, I took 10 pictures and lined them up according to this tutorial.I needed that effect in my video. Couldn't get it perfect but that was not necessary, it turned out great! Thanx a lot! Here you can see the result: http://youtu.be/D_QyV9TqES4
Hawkins Eye
10/25/2013
Great Video.. I wanted to try this effect with video and failed each time.. Is there any suggestions to how I would be able to pull this off using moving objects. I can give you all the specs of each attempt. Including the ones I haven't tried yet.
BigM
10/11/2013
Hello Andrew. I love this tutorial. Any change you will do an addition to this where the camera orbits around the planet?

Peace
nani
09/06/2013
best
Brownouty
08/21/2013
i used google map it worked
erica
08/05/2013
does this thing work on CS3?
Alif Raditya
07/30/2013
how I can get map pictures.??
someone please tell me...
kaps Art stuff
12/17/2013
download google earth and save picture as u want...
Shannon L. Hartman
07/22/2013
Always great stuff here on Video Copilot. Thanks again Andrew.
Sergio Quetzalcoatl
07/20/2013
Perfect tutorial.

I loved the exercise and with your help I finihed my first professional animation.

One question... Zoom in is like this? For example, play in reverse...
Alex
07/09/2013
I have a problem with lining all of the images together. They never seem to line up on the edges. I tried using Google Earth and FlashEarth but I still get the same problem.

Anyone know why?

Thanks,

Alex
Tanvir
06/04/2013
hello your adobe after effects tutorials are awesome...
i am rookie of adobe after effects and your tutorials help me very much to learn AE. after seeing this tutorial i made this..

I know it is not good but i am trying to learn and make it more better
khalid
05/14/2013
Hi,

For the pictures, download google earth, and take snapshots of the screen.Redimension the picutres on photoshop afterwards (otherwise it's really hard to adjust them on Aftereffects)

Rado Dam
04/29/2013
Thanks you so much for your tutorials in AE, I am from Angkor.
Sony
03/04/2013
Hi thank you so much for this tutorial I did it and it worked out fine than I did it again with better resolution photo and I having a strange problem. The first image and the last one are the only one that shows when I have conect the images all together I have done it couple of times but it always happends again and again can anyone help me ?
Chris
06/14/2013
you dont connect them altogether, you connect the one above it to the one below it
NaudeĀ“
03/01/2013
Thank you so much!! Really appreciate the fact that people like you take the time to make these tutorials! They always have a bigger impact than you can imagine!!
Nawaf
02/28/2013
Thanks a lot, that was very helpful.
Bakhtiar93tiar Studio Malaysia
02/13/2013
WOW THANK
Sam
02/03/2013
Hey Andrew I know everyone is asking you this but where do I get high res pictures like these? If you could get back to me that would be great thanks
Syafiq
01/25/2013
There's nothing wrong with cs6, check your steps again. Turn on all the layers before you scale layer no 1 to 100
Will
02/07/2013
There must be ... having the same problem. Even when I open the project files the the same problem occurs... must be a setting.

Anyone got any ideas?
Alex
01/10/2013
how do u turn on the option when ur adjusting the layer to match the other layers, all i get is a bounding box thingy, i want to be able to see how much i am scaling
Luke Engel
11/30/2012
Hey Andrew, I'm planning on doing this same effect for a music video but I'm in Chicago. Where did you get the pictures used in this tutorial and is it possible for me to get some zooming out from there? Thanks so much.

-Luke
Joel Puello
11/29/2012
I followed your tutorial step by step but when parenting all layers to layer 1 and scaling layer 1 to 100%, only layer 1 zoomed in and out.

Finally I just left the layers parented to each one but last and increased the scale of last layer to bout 30k and it worked perfect for me.
Adam
07/16/2014
Same issue with CC 2014, except only the largest and smallest scale for me :/

Also the smallest is way too big (a single office block scales up from 'normal' size to about the size of France :/
Frank
01/04/2013
I'm having the same problems as Brad. Must be a different setting in CS6. Or I'm doing something very wrong. Also possible ;)
Brad
01/03/2013
I am having the same issue. I am working with CS6, and each layer once un-parented and re-paranted to layer 1 loses all scale and position info... I can't seem to get it to work.
fahim
11/27/2012
Please send me the fly.wav sound.
Naitian Zhou
11/06/2012
For some reason, I can't switch from rectangular masking to elliptical masking. I am using CS4. I know you click on the little triangle thing, but the selection panel won't pop out. Help?
Ashok
11/06/2012
Really awesome tutorial
Dhruv
10/26/2012
What did you use for the photos shots
alex
10/19/2012
he is a crazy guy how come im gonna be able to create the balloon that's doesn't make any sense well guess what Mr felix i quit learning after effects
Sebastian
10/09/2012
Wich Programm did you use to take this photos? Google Earth won´t let me take some without brandings on it. And FlashEarth images aren´t in 3D.
Andre
09/05/2012
Wow great, like on film! Maybe my computer must take a long-long time to make this....
just
09/03/2012
perfect tutorial
herbert taremwa
09/03/2012
you are the best Mr i give you a high five.
JakeTheDog
07/31/2012
Upgrade to win 7
Comando
07/17/2012
i am trying to finish this effect for a music video, I wanna give up, I just started using AE and it is taking me forever, I still think that I will not be able to finish it. Anyone interested in sharing their effect, will give you credits! We recorded on a roof top in SF, so it needs to be Zoom IN to SF. Thank you so much!
Need Help please
07/16/2012
At 7:54 , he types in the number: .0005 , or 0.0005. When I do this I just get 5. I can go smaller than 1. When I type in 0.0003 for example, I just get 3. Please someone help me!
Joshi
07/19/2012
you need to type a comma, not a point.
Caleb
07/03/2012
Thanks Andrew! I did this and made a moon out of a New Solid with Fractel Noise and made it come past the earth. I also achieved a pretty deacent sound effect by making it with the sound of a missle.
Tim lee
06/21/2012
AWSOMEEEEE I USED THIS METHOD ON A SHORT THAT WAS ENTERED IN FILM FIGHTS!!!
Cyborlite
06/01/2012
So how did yo get Google Map to show the real water surface of SF bay, etc?

When I captured my images they only showed the contours of the ocean's floor. I did a Google search on how to show the water surface and found this: Google in general only acquires imagery of land masses.
Silex
05/22/2012
Because we all have 10,000 miles of fishing string....
bob
05/22/2012
whats the shortcut for the opasity
AZPROVIDEO
06/18/2012
just hit "t" and the opacity settings will open
AZPROVIDEO
06/18/2012
ctrl t
MES99
05/22/2012
AMAZING TUTORIAL!
THX A LOT!
Duke
05/15/2012
i'm have no idea if i want to inverse this method to zoom in from the earth to the specific building.. the last layer turned extremely small.. anyone?
AE_Guy_01556
05/10/2012
One of the best tuts out there. I liked everyone else's try at this, especially the one with the "help" guy but my fav was:

http://vimeo.com/35240205

GREAT work FarmataFilms!
Julien
05/08/2012
Just awesome, I tested it here :

https://vimeo.com/41798021

Really great tutorials! Nice work
Thank you
Bryan Massa
05/05/2012
Huge fan of your instructional videos. You make learning AE fun and interesting. I was wanting to know about where you got these images. I would like o use this for a video that I am working on but I don't want to infringe on anybody's rights or steal anybodies work. Where would I get images like the one you are using?
Abbs
03/30/2012
For those of you, like me, that don't have the exponential option for interpreting key frames to sort the camera zoom out I made an expression that will achieve the same thing.

Cut and paste this into the camera position expression field. You can create a null object and add some sliders for easy control or just set the values of zMin, zMax etc manually.

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// Slider to control the following variables are controlled by sliders placed in a null object.
// Sliders are not required. The variables can be set within the expression.

// zMin is the minimum z value of the camera (closest to the subject).
zMin = thisComp.layer("ZoomControl").effect("Zmin")("Slider")

// This is the maximum extent of the zoom (furthest from the subject).
zMax = 100*thisComp.layer("ZoomControl").effect("Zmax")("Slider");

// The time in the comp at which the zoom starts.
tStart = thisComp.layer("ZoomControl").effect("Zstart")("Slider");

// The duration of the zoom from zMin to zMax,
tEnd = thisComp.layer("ZoomControl").effect("Zoom Duration")("Slider");

// tRel represents the point of time within the zoom
t = time;
tRel = t-tStart;

e = 2.718281;
a = (zMin*Math.pow(e,tEnd) - zMax)/(1-Math.pow(e,tEnd));
b = -1*(zMin+a);

x = value[0];
y = value[1];

if(t<tStart)
{z = -zMin} else

{if(tEnd>tRel)
{z = b*Math.pow(e,tRel)+a} else
{z = -zMax
};
};

[x,y,z];

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Hope this works... it's my first crack at anything like this.
Luxx
06/06/2012
How do I get that camera?
James
03/20/2012
Thanks for the tutorial. Great Job, very easy to follow. One problem I'm having is, I follow your instructions but when I turn all the layers back on the first layer is completely gone. If I see it right as I go back down the layers they seem to get smaller and smaller with black around them. Any suggestions?
Adam
09/17/2012
Same problem here, done it 10 times same every time :(
I know my mate pulled this off from this tut wish makes me suck even harder...
Baufritz
03/11/2012
Can I use footage form Google Earth ?
John
03/15/2012
Use flashearth(dot)com
John
03/15/2012
Use flashearth.com
Jack
03/06/2012
I'm going to do the hot air balloon thing...
Gilberto Balderas
02/06/2012
Wonder if one of the best night clubs in cancun was suppost to use your project files for their 8th anniversary letme know and I share the link
Xorok
01/29/2012
How you can overlap of exposures in the new Version Cs5.5 ?
Paul
01/29/2012
It s so interesting guy I ma so happy for that. I ll try to do it soon
Wilson Dlc
01/20/2012
I think I saw this effect in big bang theory.
Claudio
01/19/2012
I have always wanted to thank you for your tutorials, but I have never dared enroll me and to do it... THANKS!

FermataFilms
01/17/2012
Great Tut

If anyone is interested, you can see my try at this. Please feel free to leave comments.

http://vimeo.com/35240205
FermataFilms
05/10/2012
Thanks, Jackson!

Ah_s, I think it's in the tut, but the images I found had some controls from the site I used. (I forgot which one, but it's like Google Earth), so I just removed those controls from the image.
Jackson
03/10/2012
wow thats good!
Ah_S
02/04/2012
Nice man,but u r sayin that u "cleaned it up in photoshop"
what does that exactly mean?cuz I havent watched the tut yet.It the anser is in the tut ,,then u dont have to answer (u dont have to answer anyway):)))
Sean Vikingsson
01/13/2012
How did you get such a high resolution photo resolution of my country (Ireland).?
valerio
01/05/2012
FLY.WAV

where i can find it ?

Jhabril Harris
12/21/2011
At first with the weather balloon thing I was like "forget get it" then 15 seconds realized you were joking and was like "oh"
Tonc91
12/16/2011
my earthStill.png has a white /grey box around it why is this so?
i did open it in photoshop and removed the background and it still has a grey box around it? can anyone help?
thnx
Gregory Tipton
12/28/2011
I added a elliptical mask, feathered and expanded the edges a bit and voila... an atmosphere!
sally
12/14/2011
that is bnot coo, i
Doo
12/11/2011
-To every person having problems with all the layer disappearing when parenting-

Parent all the layers to the second layer, instead of the first. after effects seems to be bugged and doesn't like how small and insignificant the first layer becomes after all the scaling down. So parent 3-8 to 2 and your problem should be solved. If not, try 4-8 to 3 and so on and so forth. Hope this helps
bluezaza
05/10/2012
awesome! thanks, i was stuck for the longest time
FM
12/08/2011
Hi Andrew,

Thank you for spending your time to offer those awesome tutorials up to the community. Really appreciate listening to you and your detailed instructions – its helping me learn super-fast and I have a giggle along the way listening to you.

Here are some further tips to help folks who have experienced a few problems with scaling and alignment issues. SCALE and PARENTING being the key words here…

I have read almost every post here and find some people experience the same problems I ran into… If you follow the tutorial exactly using Andrews files you won’t experience any difficulties however if you try to use your own high resolution satellite images you may run into alignment and spacing problems if you are not accurate or centrally aligned all the way… so this is what I have done to keep everything in time and as accurate as possible…

1/ Sample your satellite images keeping the target centre aligned in every image – your point of focus eg building, tree, car, house etc (MAKE SURE AS MOVING THE CENTRE 1mm CAN EFFECT THE SCALING DRASTICALLY WHEN YOU SCALE UP LATER ON) – this is crucial otherwise when you sale up your assets will be all over


2/ I sampled images from Google earth using the following guides – You can use Google Earths Earth ALT (Altitude) feature in the lower right hand of the screen:

Photo 1: 200m
Photo 2: 1, 52 km
Photo 3: 7, 47km
Photo 4: 30, 93km
Photo 5: 117, 63km
Photo 6: 856, 81km
Photo 7: 4700,00km
Photo 8: Large earth photo

I made my composition 1920 * 1080 and took several images at the ‘above’ Earth Altitudes in Google Earth to create 7 images 5000 * 3000 pixels as I wanted the best resolution possible and room to move the still images around a little. This was most time consuming as Google Earth uses a mapping system that distorts the images to try to render the altitudes however once you move from one point to another most of the time it is distorted… so lots of tweaking. Once you have these images in the bag following Andrews instructions is very simple… in fact to save time you can swap the images over and make the comp size larger and then just manually adjust the rotation and other layers – keep in mind that you may have to un parent layers while adjusting them.

Hope this helps.


Dhruv
10/26/2012
Which program/website did you use ?
Everyone suggests flash earth which has bad picture quality !
Jarred
12/02/2011
Now I parented all of my footage. But now everything up to the Earth isn't there. What happened?
Josiah Joned
12/01/2011
How do I get the High res pictures of, say, San Antonio, Texas?
nicklas
11/30/2011
please let me know where i can got those high-res pictures?! wanna try it out, but i dont know where to get pictures like that :( another thing , if i dont have the proffesional after effekts, is there any other ways to get the " Exponential look" on the zoom?
Faris Hallaq
11/28/2011
Hey dude how do you get your own images that high res
Usman
11/16/2011
ohh thank GOd he is joking :D
Joel
11/03/2011
I have done everything perfectly up the point where you unparent all the layers, then when I reparent them back to layer 1 and set layer 1 scale to 100%, layer 1 shows up zoomed in, but when I adjust the scale down from 100% the other layers are gone and it's just black? Help! Does this work with .png files? That's the only thing I can think of?
hankshark
02/23/2012
had the same issue. Converted my files to psd and then it worked flawless.
Karre
10/16/2011
Thought that he was serius with the bloon this at first.
Phirana
11/10/2011
LOL ! , thats exactly what I also thought heh
komp master
10/13/2011
Hi Andrew I am your fan and I follow every video that comes out this tutorial on the site we particularly liked and then I decided to do that it looks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmykSH0dPLg I hope that you will like and that you leave a comment ....
Drew Palko
10/11/2011
or you could just do it like this: http://vimeo.com/30067977
blesson joy
10/07/2011
very interest in after effcts
alexandru
10/05/2011
Awsome work Andrew, thanks for teaching me AE!!

Does anyone know where I can find HD satelite images as the one in google maps, couse I need to do something like this for a tv station, but need to do it in HD, the thing is that goggle has a quite bad quality. I just took snapshots of the page and edited in photoshop, cause I don't know if you can download from google maps... But if anyone knows other website where I could download HD satelite images to do a shot like this I would most appreciated.

Thank you very much!!
jude
09/29/2011
actually very nice
thanks!!
Fabian
09/24/2011
Hey canyou tell me where you get the sound effects from pls?
Akram
09/28/2011
There's a button above where you can watch the video, and there is another button called: PROJECT FILES. Click on that and it will download everything what Andrew used in his tutorial.
Sam
09/27/2011
You need to buy the designer sound fx from Video Pilot
Andy G
09/21/2011
Wow... thanks for the tutorial. This will work great for a segment of my logo. You are definitely the king of of explaining stuff with this stuff.
Good work!
solomno cletus
09/13/2011
pls, i'm findin it difficult to buy stuff in videocopilot.i don't wats going on.....code isn't working.
ridampowar
09/03/2011
to good
Simsima
09/01/2011
That's exactly what I want !! Thnx Tooo Much ^.^
Space Ace
08/31/2011
Just wanted to say HUGE THANK YOU to you Andrew! You are a After Effects god and the reason I've learned (and continue to learn) to use this wonderful program. Please keep doing what you do and all the success for you man, you deserve it!! Thanks again for all the great work!
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