TUTORIAL: Earth Zoom

Create a Cosmic Earth Zoom in Adobe After Effects.

UPDATE: Click on satellite view.
Remember to read license agreement ; )

http://maps.google.com/
http://maps.yahoo.com
http://maps.live.com/

http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/features.html

Longest tutorial in Video Copilot history; Sadly, I had to cut out some really great jokes, some because of time constraints, others because this site is rated PG-13 ; )

Thanks to James Wicks for the rotation tip!

Be sure to refresh the page

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12 years ago
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341 Comments

8 years ago
My Favorite tutorial!
Christophe De Backer
8 years ago
Andrew Kramer your tutorials are great and the jokes you put in them every time I hear the hot weather balloon comet I still laugh.

Keep up the good work & keep those tutorials coming.

Does anybody know if the NASA World Wind software is there for mac?
vorhees
8 years ago
You actually helped me to find a job, man!
Thank you for that!
I think this was the first tutorial of yours I ever watched... Great stuff!
Unregistered
9 years ago
How can I make my own two framed EarthStill.png file?
kalasunder reddy
10 years ago
your are aswome man you help me alote with your video flies .thx buddy(Andrew Kramer)....your are greate person.......one again thx buddy....
10 years ago
so maybe you should publish the full tutorial in an "UNRATED" version....think NC-17
Toon
10 years ago
U ROCK.
11 years ago
Hey Andrew.

I have the Designer Sounds FX CD, but I can't find the 'fly.wav' sound clip. I've tried playing the metal fly by, the thick fly by, and the low fly, but it's none of them.

Could you tell me where it's located?

PS: Awesome tutorial. Keep up the great work!
Chris
11 years ago
Okay, so the weather balloon made it up, but I accidently let the string go and lost my camera. :(
Robert Kennedy
11 years ago
Great tutorial! Probably a dumb question, but as you move further away from the starting point, how do you save the individual stills as jpegs from google maps?
salenjoro
11 years ago
great tut!!
yayoiz
11 years ago
Thk Andrew
Dahlberg
11 years ago
Like Bruce Almighty would say: I's guud, It's guuuuud!

Very nice tutorial! This one is my favorite :) Keep up the good work!

Cheers from Sweden!
nestor
12 years ago
hello andy, you are a awesome teacher for new users of AE. thanks a lot.
i post you because i was trying to do a earth zoom and a the middle of my work, the link of the tutorial was lost and i can´t continue...i hope you repair it and don´t leave to link new tutorials...:D PLEASE!!!! LINK IT AGAIN
VirgiloBrazil
12 years ago
Man you are my hero.You are the best!Congratulations,everything you made is wonderfull
12 years ago
Hey! amazing tutorial!!

i'm sorry to ask this, cuz i've seen many people asking, but i read all the threads and theres no good answer

how did you get the images at high res with no info on them from google, etc.

I've tried the links that you recommend but i can't get crisp images like yours.

thanks!
Alex F
12 years ago
OMG I saw this on the colbert report yester day!!! ps. andrew kramer ur awesome!
Marcos Pereira
12 years ago
Julio i haale doesn't workd the same problem! I got 15 layers of the zoom, but my zoom it's from the space to the earth, and the scale doesn't work. For eg. only the 4th or the 5th layer starts the scale to the earth! I duuno why... i send a e-amil to andrew, but don't have reply :( Can you help me? marcos.pereira@netcabo.pt

Ty
Julio César
12 years ago
Just to make it clear, i just could do it because of a guy here in this forum that gave the tip...just dunno his name, but thank you!
Julio César
12 years ago
Hey Andrew!
Congratulations! The best VideoCopilot tutorial i've seen so far, and i've seen about 80% of them...
I found problems in keeping up with the last parenting part, i believe when layers are in a larger number, or the scaling reason is lower, we have problems parenting them to the first, which for being less than 0,0001% scaled, automatically turns into 0. As everything multiplied by 0 is 0...but i couldn't parent them to the 2nd or 3rd...and they were at 0,0005% or something like this...i got to do it with the 4th layer, but the proportions are a bit bad to work...anyways...thank you very much!
12 years ago
Yo man!FANTASTIC JOB!!!!!!In Polish TV there was comercial of Diverse Clotches and they used your tutorial!!!!Everything was 100% the same but zoom was started from one of the polish cities.I'm checking your site looking for new tutorials every day!!!Thanks for all!!!

Wookie
South Poland
12 years ago
Hey Guys,

Anyone from the UK happened to Catch the Bakers Complete Advert? Its the exact Cosmic Earth Zoom i would say. I can't recall if its brand new or i have seen it before though.

I can't seem to find it on Youtube or anything but il keep looking.

Dave.
Travis
12 years ago
I think the tutorial was also used (at least partially) for the opening credits of The Real World: Sydney. Check it out. I mean, there's a bunch of stuff that's different, but at it's core, the creatore might have watched your tutorials.
Alex Hardiment
12 years ago
I was just about to say the same thing that i saw it on the daily show your tutorials sure do get around fast
12 years ago
I saw this on the daily show tonight !
Damien
12 years ago
Perhaps the Electronic Arts team has used your tutorial.
Have a look of the first 30seconds.

http://www.commandandconquer.com/swf/CCTV.html
Ben
12 years ago
So i am watching the daily show. (great show) and they have Rob S. Live from Iraq. Anyways, their graphic that opens up this report I swear they use this tutorial.
check it out. i know im 2 hours before you.

Holla
Daily Show slaughter
12 years ago
I truly enjoy your tutorials man.
keep up the great work!
Thank you!!!
Nahuel
12 years ago
Congratulations, your tutorials are VERY VERY useful!

Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us :)
12 years ago
Andrew Kramer, I truly, truly enjoy your tutorials man. I look forward to many new and creative ones.

Thanks for sharing

antonio
Michael Nilsen
12 years ago
I wish i wasnt Terrified of hights
alex0wap
12 years ago
Men could you share that sound you have in tutorial. I dont have DS FX :(. Thanks!
alex0wap
12 years ago
Man you rock!
Thanks for sharing all of your good tutorials.
Best Regards from Kazakhstan.
Alex Max
12 years ago
best tutorial ever!!

thank you very much. keep up the great work!
Dave, Topeka, KS
12 years ago
Okay, this is what I did to capture hi-res pictures from maps.yahoo.com.

My video card supports “virtual desktops”, so I set the resolution on my monitor to 2048×2048 (my monitor supports 1280×1024 max). I had to scroll around the screen to see everything, but it allowed me to do screen captures that were 1800×1800 without having to stitch things together.

Alternatively, you can use either maps.google.com or maps.yahoo.com take a bunch of screen captures scrolling around the map, crop out the UI elements and then use your favorite stitching software to put them together for you. (Doesn’t PhotoShop CS3 have this built in now?)
Al
12 years ago
Great tutorial! Greater teacher! You're an inspiration to us self taught folks!
sung-min
12 years ago
I think you are really great designer!!
Goa
12 years ago
I there, this tuturial is awsome, bur i have a problem that i can't find images of Portugal ( is i'm from) with out watermark of google, there's another site that give this real satelite images but without watermark?
12 years ago
Andrew Kramer!
You are the BEST!!!!
Absolutly Fantastic
Austin
12 years ago
Men that was a cool tut' men just what ive been lookin for for like ages, thanks man, uire the best, i dont mind if it and all d rest of dem tut's can be available as podcast, cos sometimes i might need to go over the tut again and that will mean redownloading the tut again and waiting for a long time for the page to load, so you spend like twice the time of the tutorial.

Thanks all the same it was cool.
Mat
12 years ago
I try Downloading your projects for practice, but they wont let me open them because I'm on a mac and it says, "This file was created in Windows" Help???
12 years ago
Hey andrew, I had an issue with exponential scaling. when i selected the key frames and chose key frame assistant... exponential scaling was there, but it was grayed out so i couldn't choose it.
Alejandra
12 years ago
Help me!

Andrew, when I scale .0005, the first layer, I cannot see the image of planet, everything sees black, that it will be? I see the travel of the other layers but not the planet.

I am sad, buaa

Alejandra
12 years ago
you owe me a camera mr. andrew kramer. my weather balloon never came back down! thanks for nothing, meanie!
Henry Grey
12 years ago
Nice.. technique.
Jose
12 years ago
Hey great tutourial but I was wondering where you got those awsome pic of the city as you zoom out.

Thanks
12 years ago
thx MistahG, your's great too ! ^^
Mirt
12 years ago
Great Tutorial! Thank's a lot!
Now I wonder if you can somehow combine this with the "CC Sphere" effect so you can zoom out and then have a nice view on a rotating earth. A little like combining your "Blue Earth" and this tutorial.
Keep it on!

Mirt
Tom
12 years ago
Andrew, this is awesome! I bought Riot Gear and your Serious Effects & Compositing DVDs and they're awesome! Now these tutorials, for free?! WOW! THANKS!
12 years ago
U´r great Andrew!
Thanks a lot for your tutorials! They´r helping me so much that I can´t stop!!!

Saludos desde Chile!
MistahG
12 years ago
Nice one, Loomax!

here's mine, Montreal:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hRNGyAYTDQ
adel
12 years ago
iam arbik i.m love love love very mutsh thank you
12 years ago
hey andrew, i love all of your tutorials, I'm hoping to use them in my video projects and really hope you keep posting them!
12 years ago
thx a lot Andrew !
i'm gonna try to do it now.
12 years ago
This is from bellas artes (mexico city) thanks Andrew, you are my heroe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZk2sQYd21U
Maurice
12 years ago
Thank you very much man, i've been searching for years to find tutorials that get to the real core of how to do proper special effects. Yours is the most impressive so far keep growing my man & thanks for sharing the knowledge.
joel
12 years ago
cant see the tutorial i think from the looks of thing that you need to upload it again
Kellogs
12 years ago
G'day,
I'm not sure if this has been posted, but if you want the higher res images. Go to whichever map site you like (I used a combination of maps.google for the closer images and maps.yahoo for everything from city level onwards as the maps.yahoo didn't have a watermark on it).

Then I set one of my monitors to the highest resolution possible that it could handle, granted looking at it out of the corner of my eye I did notice the refresh rate, but for taking a screen cap it was fine.
Take your photos/screencaps (WIN= printscreen, MAC=cmd+shift+4) and then you will probably need to put them in PS to correct the colours and also clone out the central marker or other watermarks if depending on which map site you used.

Don't forget to set your screen res back to normal when you're done.
Also to remember as Andrew has stated, choose an area that is most likely to have had a lot of satellite passes to ensure that there are plenty of pictures of that region.
I live in Australia and started with Nth Sydney but soon found that maps.google.com didn't have some of the photo ref at certain levels. So I moved to America and took photos of Boston instead. Not a simgle problem, Good ol' America.
Steve
12 years ago
Hi Andrew,

how are you ?

There is a proplem with your tutorial page Earth Zoom July 02, 2007.
I can't see anymore. thank.
Pogma
12 years ago
I can't watch this tutorial.
Yesterday I could. Now it looks like it doesn't load.

Did anyone get the same problem?

Great tutorial. It reminds me the last scene of The Matrix 1.
Ron
12 years ago
Best I've seen yet. You rock man.
12 years ago
Martijn : I had the same problem and I fixed it by linking all the layers (exept the second) to the second, insted of all (execpt first) to the first


Really great tutorial Andrew :).
Benjamin
12 years ago
Hi dude , realy nice Tutorial
12 years ago
I am 15 years old and I also like making movies . . . a lot! I have watched most of your tutorials, and am rapidly learning how to use my After Effects program I got for Christmas. I just want to know where you got all those arial views for your prodject?

You can also reach me a my youtube profile:
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=generalzeldar
Jacob Behunin
12 years ago
Hey Andrew!.
Had an opportunity to use your Earth Zoom Tutorial, AND Blue Planet Tutorial.
Though, I didn't get to fine tune the project enough.
It still came out OK.
Heres a link to the project. I only had like....45 mins to get it all done. Talk about some frantic working!

http://www.gnaproductions.com/stuff/earth_zoom.mov

5 Megs. Sorry.

Your Comments and Suggestions are Welcome!
san
12 years ago
you are the man. thanks!
Andrea Bianchin
12 years ago
Great Tutorial, i follow you just the beginning.. i hope in a future collaboration Italy/Usa for monster VFX ;)

please look my personal variant of this "earth zoom":

http://www.andreabianchin.net/hd/zoom.avi
12 years ago
Wow this really looks good, a lot of work though but i'm willing to do everything for it. Haha i thought you really was serious about sending that weatherballoon up, but instead i was ordering a 10000feet usb cable to send it up to space with my webcam XD

keep on making more!
sholto
12 years ago
legend
Marcos Pereira
12 years ago
No words for this tutorial!

Keep the good work.

Regards from Portugal
12 years ago
Great tute!

Andrew, I want to bear your children! And being a man, we know how difficult that would be.

FYI to all: found a great trick to make real 3D objects in After Effects without using expressions or 3rd party plugins! Check out this podcast:

http://allthingsadobe.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=230481

Andrew, maybe you can add a tute like this for all to see.
Roy
12 years ago
Roy
12 years ago
Woow thnx for this great tut.
One site note... maybe you can make the clouds more realistic with trapcode particular.
joe!
12 years ago
kool tutorial!
12 years ago
Hi HEEEELPPPP ME
how can i capture the pictures from google Maps ??
i join it but i don't know how can i take the photos from the site ??

Heeeelp me
thanks :)
Andrew Brinkhaus
12 years ago
Will be mixing this with the "Blue Planet" tut...AWESOME! Thanks!
saki
12 years ago
easy,nice,& Powerful tutorials
Ernesto
12 years ago
hey good work keep it up ;)
i like how wee could donwlad the projects\effects and just follow along with you best thing ever 8D
keep it up

oh and thanx for the cs3 new tutorials i was waiting for them lol
Jaime Gómez
12 years ago
HI Andrew. Thanks againg. you are the master.
I hope you make Real clouds 2 (in hd please) i´ll be the first to make the order.
This tutorial is great; in this moment im making my earth to my personal reel (i don´t know for what, exactly, but sure, my clients said: wooow.
Thanks.
12 years ago
Great! Great!! Great!!!!!
Thanks a Lot!
You're the best!
TL Westgate
12 years ago
I bought Designer Sound Effects, but the "fly.wav" sound used in this tutorial isn't on the disc. Is it downloadable somewhere?
12 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Thnx m8 this is one of the best tutorials on your website, and i've done them all (well allmost all) but this is what http://www.michelbosma.nl/2007/Earth%20Zoom.mov" rel="nofollow">came out. Let me know what u think of it?
Ryan
12 years ago
Hey Andrew i made this in AE except instead of using San Fran, i used Fenway Park, because I'm a Bostonian. It messed up a little because i used two different programs to get the pictures but overall its alright.

Thanks a lot for all the tutorials you have made so far and I'm looking forward to watching/trying more cool things on AE and AECS3! xD

Ryan
12 years ago
you are god man. thanks for all ur knowlage. ur seriously rock
Thiago S.
12 years ago
Greetings from Brazil.
Hey u r amazing crazy dude, i watch urs tutos all weekends
this is my first comment and i dont write english much, but i read alot
Can i ask 1 tuto? for me and for all who want it ;D

i work with AE7, love adobe products
testing cs3 now and i really like it.

well, a client asked me for some kind of Fire and smoke on road...
hmmm, a car burning the tires and Vrummmm go and leave a trail of fire and smoke on road. but i dont have any ideia how to do so.
tested many things and plugs but dont get the result.
oh its a dragster, and all that cars that love burn tires lol.

a question. have u ever tried to use AE on x64?

Great work and keep it up. Cheers.
Mohammed
12 years ago
Thank very very much My sir Andrew >

you are great man > and I hope intresting with more from your tutorials.

and Thank you agine .
Vikash
12 years ago
And does someone know, why everything turns black with me :( (CS3 Pro)?
Scott Wetherall
12 years ago
also - when I parent the stars layer to layer 1 (first pic) I don't see that stars layer when zoomed out..... helppppppp
Scott Wetherall
12 years ago
A very dumb question - but the earthstill.png file has a white box around it, that I can't seem to delete. do I need to photoshop it?


Scott
Kris
12 years ago
hi.. for the 3dlighting effect (in another tutorial) I'm just wondering how could I export only the light into flash..

I've tried keying .. but i always get a bit of the black edge of the light. This is very annoying. I'm browsing through the net now.. for the technique..
Tom
12 years ago
What are we supposed to do if we have 6.5 standard and don't have the expoential scale feature? Without it, it scales the last 3 images at about 1-2 frame each which is WAAAYYYY too fast.

Andrew or anybody else, is there a way to simulate the expoential scale tool effect without having the actual tool?

Thanks
Tom
Abdullah
12 years ago
Hi, i am Abdullah from Saudi Arabia. Dude when i visited ur website by coincidence i decided to install AE although i know nothing about it. I start doing some of ur tutorials. And i think this is the only place u can get toturials for free.

May ALLAH bless you.

BIG KISS from Saudi Arabia.
Jim W
12 years ago
Hey all,
Here's another great planet map resource from James Hastings-Trew.

http://planetpixelemporium.com/planets.html

Jim
Vikash
12 years ago
HELP!

After I parented all my layers to layer 1, only layer 1 is visible. Almost all my scales have dropped to 0 and when I scale layer 1 I only see this one, the surroundings are black. What did I do wrong?
Novastorm
12 years ago
Marry me Dammit!! Your work has been soo helpfull for so many people. THe ones that leave comments here are maybe 0.00000001% of the people that uses your tutorials.

These tutorials are soo much different than eachother. We are very thankfull for what your doing here.

Greetings from holland.
arthur
12 years ago
Well, this is the kind of stuff that when you see it on Natgeo,or Discvry,you say:Hey ! wich program they use to do that and How??
And wath ? there is a guy on the net show how to in "few minutes"and for FREE ?????
No man you should be payed for that.That's why,even if my country do not support paypal,I will ask to a friend in Europe to buy for me some of your DVD's.
I' m really impressed for your knolodwedge in AE,but more of your "Human Sharing Vision"
thanks,keep walking,we follow.
Arthur
German
12 years ago
Incredible!!!! You're the best. I'm from Argentina, and your amazingh tutorials were very helpful for me. GRACIAS!!!! (THANKS)!!!!!!
12 years ago
www.drewskii.com/gian/earthzoom/earthzoom.mov and www.drewskii.com/gian/earthzoom/millzoom1.avi

thanks alot andrew. keep up the good work.
Marty
12 years ago
Andrew Kramer....................LEGEND ! Mate you never cease to amaze me. Me and fifty million other guys have been waiting to learn this neat effect for god knows how long. Damn shame about those deleted jokes.

Way to go buddy !
kamal98
12 years ago
i was thinking maybe your next tutorial should be how to create speed lines in after effects. u know those lines that gives the illusion of wick movement. thanks again for taking the time out to help us.
12 years ago
Great stuff man.

I just wanted to suggest something for those who are asing about the earth pic or how to make the earth in 3D.

If you have the pro version of after effects you can use the CC Sphere effect to create a 3D earth that you can rotate.

Go to to http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/ and download one of the panoramic earth pictures. (the entire earth, but flat) Put this image in a new comp. Apply the CC sphere effect to that layer. You will be able to control the sphere's radius, rotation and lighting with this plug in. Change the render option from "full" to "outside". And arange to taste. Set keyframes for rotation. I decided not to start rotation until the very end of the zoom. ie. you won't want you earth to be turning until you are finished zooming out.

If you want to go even further, you can find a cloud map or make a new comp and apply fractal noise to a new layer in that comp. if you precomp this, you can apply the CC Sphere effect to this as well. Make the radius slightly larger than the earth and overlay or screen this layer on top of the earth. Set rotation keframes like you did for the earth. Change the values slightly so the earth rotates a little quicker than the clouds.

I added a slight amount of glow to the earth and decreased the the Glow Threshold and increased the Glow Radius. I then changed the Glow Operation to silhouette alpha. This helped to give a more atmospheric look.

Now if you just set up your zoom comp with your new rotating earth comp as your earth layer, things should work out fine.

Sorry for the long post, but I hope this heps someone without being confusing.

tx again Andrew. Good stuff.
Vikash
12 years ago
Hi guys,

I have a problem, I parented every layer to layer 1, but my scale cant go beneath 0. When it goes in to the minus range it starts zooming back in. How do I fix this?

Thanks

Vikash
Lontz
12 years ago
Einfach nur der beste: Es gibt wohl keine genialere Seite mit besseren und spektakuläreren Tutorials. Weiter so:^^
Yes sir!!!11
CARLOS
12 years ago
EXCELENTE, ERES EL MEJOR, U'R THE BEST, TANK'S FOR ALL
I'M FROM PUERTO VALLARTA MEXICO, THESE VIDEO TUTORIALS CHANGE MY LIFE. KEEP GOING.

GOD BLESS YOU ANDREW.
Steve
12 years ago
My favorite tutorial since the 3D room. Very nice touch with the clouds
Vikash
12 years ago
I also have the problems with the squares on the satelite pics. I am trying to mix worldwind with google earth, will post how it worked out.
dirty
12 years ago
I second what Barry Barrera said. God Bless you, your family and your family's family.

You have no idea how much these video tutorials means to us all.

Regards & Much Love,

D
Barry Barrera
12 years ago
20 minutes of awesome knowledge!!!!!!!! what more can we ask for...
GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY....
olipool
12 years ago
hi there,

great tutorial, i was trying to do this a long time for now.
one problem came up, perhaps you can help: when i worked on the last layer an then disconnected the layers and then connected all the layers to the first layer, they all disappeared! it happened, because the first layer had a scale of 0.0002, it doesn't happen if the scale ist 0.0005 but i can't figure out why. this is a problem if you want to zoom much more out or in :-(
but thanks again, also for all of your other tutorials and the outstanding humor! :-)
Joe
12 years ago
where do you get the pic of the earth from? ( the still one) because im doing it from the uk! thanks.. :D
pena
12 years ago
Simply the best video teacher. I love your stupid jokes :D
12 years ago
You need to use photoshop to clean up the maps. Remember they are for directions not photo-real compositing. It just takes a little work...
David
12 years ago
great tutorial :)
Julio César
12 years ago
Greeeeeaaaat Andrew!
I'm gonna try to make something close to it, but here from Brazil!
Just to make it clear i'd rather use the baloon and camera mode, but as it's been a little windy lately, i'm gonna try to do it by AE. Thank you man!
JaRoX
12 years ago
I'm trying to get high resolution from google earth but this one have square with different colors (bad)
With world wind, the soft doesn't zoom precisely :-(
Is there any option to check for a better result??

I would like to make this tutorial with Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid's Stadium) or with Stade de France (Paris' Stadium)

Please help me !!!


Contact me to jomaggo@msn.com
12 years ago
Andrew, today I saw in the intro of the german casting show "Popstars" your zoomeffect. They used it to zoom unto a city in germany where the casting was happend. Really funny to see your tuts hitting life :D
Nick
12 years ago
Did anyone else see this effect on Mateen's short film from FOX's On the Lot? I thought it didn't really make sense for his movie, but still cool to see right after i watched the tutorial earlier that day.
Moca MX
12 years ago
That is VERY COOL!!!!!
I like it so much i even kissed a monitor!
paulo from Brasil!
12 years ago
Hey Andrew! Great tutorial !!!! But It's not working to me.... when i get to the part about the exponential scale it doesn't work... i mean, i don't have the professional after effects version... is there any other way to make the earth zoom work on my after effects? and before this part , after linking all the images to the first one on the top, i just can zoom out 3 images, not all of them........?Could you help me?!?!?!? thnx man

ps: THIS SITE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brandon Jones
12 years ago
CHECK OUT THE PRODUCT PAGE FOR SOMETHING YOU DON'T OWN AND GET IT TODAY--A GREAT INVESTMENT! Thanks Andrew, we appreciate your work!!!
12 years ago
one other thing i did was i downloaded the trial version of google earth, entered full screen mode, turned off all labels, then took screen shots and cropped them in photoshop. it took some time but the pictures didn't come out as bad as the print versions on the map sites
12 years ago
i found that if you have more pictures to use and you'd like to feather them you can lose a lot of quality using 250 feather with -250 pixel. i went in and did 25 to -25 and lost the edges without a great deal of lost quality in the picture. someone might have mentioned this already, i just didn't have time to read all the comments.
tonnib
12 years ago
That's a good idea, i like it a lot.

How do u do things like that? id like to do some.. ;)
bash
12 years ago
You are the MASTAH!
Ultimate Bart
12 years ago
nice tutorial, vey good :)

you can get every piece of the earth globe. using world wind from nasa. google it or so.
for those who had questions about the resolution and stuff. It really depends which city you take. I'm living in Holland and my firs idea was a earth zoom from Amsterdam, but on yahoo maps and google maps the resolution of the closesd zoom from Amsterdam was very poor. then i looked at Rotterdam (biggist port in europe) and there, the resolution/quality was just magnificant even at closed range.
so if your city has low resolution photo's, take another city you like that has better photo's on those maps.

Bart
12 years ago
thanks, great tut!
Alex
12 years ago
andrew kramer u r trully a GOD!! thanks alot for these awesome tutorials!

greetings from Romania
mamjed
12 years ago
Were did you get the final globe from, i need it from the east coast side
12 years ago
Thanks Andrew, one more time you rock!
Dave
12 years ago
Here Is my video going up from my house. I remember someone saying something about adding a satellite on the way up, so in my video I added a satellite and edited it the same way as the clouds where done. I was thinking of adding a 747 but thought it would be way too much to see in the few seconds everything is moving. So here it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q916sMKO2A
12 years ago
great work man
I tried using the balloon and camera first but it rained.

Thanks for the substitute
:D
Felix
12 years ago
absolutly great!!!!!! Thats Andrew Kramer at its best.
DaMasteRZ
12 years ago
Andrew does it again!!.. he really has some inspiring tutorials that keep me working with and learning about After Effects. Thank you for spending your own time making these and free for everyone to see!!.
mohsen
12 years ago
Thank you

excellent!
Sean
12 years ago
Hey Ben, that site is awesome... If anyone decides to use this tutorial to make a zoom effect using Xrez.com I'd love to see it!
Ben
12 years ago
havent tryed yet but i bet you could make some nice zooms with Xrez.com
Andrei
12 years ago
Hey Ferdi, how did you that amazing 3d photo effect? Did u used the 3d projection tehnique or did u cut the layers in photoshop, or how? I need that same effect for a project and I came out with something similar using AE and 3d max camera mapping but I doesnt look that realistic. It would be nice if u could share some tips.

Andrew..u did it again man. One of my favorites. I trying to merge this with some real live footage to create something interesting..still working on it, but I'll post a link if I can get it right..
vfxman
12 years ago
This is great stuff...can't wait to see more. Andrew thanks i always learn alot from these great tutorials.
Plissken
12 years ago
Awesome stuff! Guess I have to work on your tips about attaching camera on a weather baloon to get a start with live motion, or "from the face, through the window and up to the universe shot" :D
Maybe I've missed it in upper posts... so what comes next week???
12 years ago
hej...i have got a problem...how can i save the images by google maps...i've got the satelite view and then i don't know where i can save my image....PLS help me
Cato (Glowing_Amraam)
12 years ago
You know what would make this even more realistic? By not making the stars zoom by. I mean, the stars arent right next to the eart, so we shouldnt be seeing any motion blur on them (except for the rotation maybe..). And they shouldn't move at all.

By making them look like they are far away, you get a little more "3D effect" feel over it as well.
konig
12 years ago
Awesome !

thanks from Thailand
konig
12 years ago
WOWWWWW !!!
12 years ago
I am going to have to try and find more detailed images. I want to start from an ACTOR walking along a street and zoom back out. With Yahoo and Google, that is hard to do because they are not hi-res images and they are pretty far away from the earth even a the most zoomed-in point.
12 years ago
@Dave: You need to enter a very small value (0,0005 like Andrew did). Do not drag to zoom, enter int manually.
agustin
12 years ago
andrew your great!
mi inglish is too bad, im live in argentina sudamerica...

thank you for this great tutorial

cia
Reaz
12 years ago
This is damn awesome! Where do you get your ideas from??
12 years ago
THIS IS MY VERSION, FROM A BUILDING IN NEW YORK CITY.

http://www.artisdesign.se/earthzoom.mov

I don't have the pro version so I didn't get the perfect outzoom. But I think I worked it out pretty well anyway. Made my own curb between the outzoom keyframes in the graph. Thanks for the tutorial. see you.
kamal98
12 years ago
men i just saw this last night and its amazing, i have always wanted to know how to do a earth zoom believe me this is one of the best tutorials i have see in a while.
thanks again man and keep them coming.
Dave
12 years ago
I love the video, however when i tried this myself using layers for my area, but when i got to the bit where you adjust the scale of the first pic to 100, for some reason it would only zoom out as far as pic 2 and then it would come back in again. I couldn't get it to zoom right out to space. What am i doing wrong? I copied the tutorial bit by bit, but can't get the zoom to go further than pic 2
Caê Cadamuro
12 years ago
Great!!
Thank you!! Andrew!!
Caê from Brasil
12 years ago
Omg Andrew!
I rarley write a comment in blogs and forums like this... But this tutorial was the best! Thank you!!!

The other tutorials you have made rocks too, I salute you.

-Fredrik
12 years ago
@MNI:

Just go to http://maps.google.com (Go into your browsers full screen
mode, and close the side panel). Then it's really easy to take some
screen captures.

For the earth map: http://maps.google.com (Or search for
'earthmap10k' on Google). I just pre-composed this with an additional
animated cloud layer and then applied the 'CC Sphere' effect.

--Felix
Martijn
12 years ago
Great tutorial!

Although I do have a little problem.. Got about 20 layers, all parented. When finally 'unparenting', and parenting all the layers to layer 1, they become invincible. Changing the size of layer 1 will show me layer one, the rest is gone.

Parenting all the layers to the last layer does work. Problem is, like you stated in the tutorial, you can change the size value to hundreds of thousands, but it will zoom minimal.

Could it be because I used different sizes of images? (used googles maps for the first 10, then the other ones from nasa, but they have a different resolution).

In a simple test with just the 10 images it worked great..
Thanks!
Richard W.
12 years ago
Andrew - one day you should write a blog about how long it takes you to discover all these cool tecnhiques. All the times you have to get things wrong before you get them right. How many lonely hours you have to spend staring at pixels. Maybe it'd be a tad self-indulgent, but then this is your site, and many of us would be interested, and I think we'd probably appreciate your work even more.

This was an epic tutorial. Well done, amigo. Thanks for teaching an ignorant Brit how to maximise AF's. I've learnt more in a 22-minute tutorial than I ever did in university studying film.
12 years ago
Listen to Andrew people...read his reply above..
Carlos
12 years ago
I am your fan number one.(Soy tu fan numero uno)
You are the best.(Eres el mejor)
Thank you very much.Muchas gracias
Best wishes from Spain.(Los mejores deseos desde España)
Ryu
12 years ago
Thank You !!!!!!!!
I love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are the BEST !!!!!!
12 years ago
Also, there's © Google all over the image. I once did a earth zoom, and I used google earth, wich works also good(you even have the option to export high-res images).
lennon
12 years ago
Hi, do you think that if I use google maps for a job, they will get me in jail?? Really, they would have to search the complete surface of the earth hahaha! I really don't know anywhere else to find this kind of pictures, and I don't think that any other will let me use their pictures(?)
Damn, I wonder how they do it in Hollywood.
12 years ago
PLEAE READ!

Google Maps has the satellite imagery, use the print screen to take a picture at various zoom levels and use them as described in the tutorial.

They are not available for every location. Read some of the replies for other helpful links or do a search.

San Fransisco is a big city so the imagery looked good and that is what I used it. Not every location will have such nice imagery. Do your best with what you can find.

Thanks-
MNI
12 years ago
DEAR ,Felix Bruns

I like your zoom try!!
I live in holland so the maps are almost the same for me. Can you email me the maps you used, and the beautiful rounded earth ,PLEASE.
Or let me know where you get it....


Andrew,
You rock!
Stefan
12 years ago
Oh my god.. please somebody help us or tell us where to find this high resolution pictures i try many things like google earth and some other programs.. etc.. but quality is terrible :(
12 years ago
Thanks Adrew i was waiting for this lesson and i need at
you are the best

Regards
Failakawe
12 years ago
great one, we are going to translate it right away in french! ^^
12 years ago
I used Yahoo Maps and mine came out great!
Well the YouTube compression messed around with..


http://youtube.com/watch?v=o9qWCXp0Ugk

http://youtube.com/watch?v=o9qWCXp0Ugk
Harry McHugh
12 years ago
its killing me not to know exactly where you got those pictures.
Victor
12 years ago
Hi I dont know what could be wrong, I have Fplayer 9 installed and can not see the most of the last tutorials

I refresh the page to reloaded and same issue

it is something missing I have to do?

thanks
12 years ago
I forgot to ask - where the heck do you get such great satellite images? Google earth doesn't have that sort of high res. imagery...?
12 years ago
Could you have used the Difference matte to check to see if the layer over the next layer lined up perfectly?
designbrazil
12 years ago
I'm from brazil.

This tutorial is fantastic!!!!!! thank you or how do you say in Brazilian: Obrigado!!!!! take care!!!!
12 years ago
very cool, glad i'm starting to think on the same page as you in making these graphics!
12 years ago
haha, and I used Yahoo maps...you gotta be a genious like me to
know how to take the ads and writing out of the pictures...

just kidding, I just zoomed in really close on the first picture (closest)
then all the other pictures, I just cropped out all the writing with
the pen tool, and it seemed to work fine. I didn't have to do anything
with Photoshop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9qWCXp0Ugk
12 years ago
YES!!! I DID MINE!!! and THATS MY SCHOOL!!

too bad stupid YouTube compressed it and the stars didn't show
up..

here's the link!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9qWCXp0Ugk

Please watch it!!, I just turned 16 and I got my
iMac 24" with 2 gigs ram...I'm surprised that I did
this thing with After Effects 6.5 and rendered pretty fast with
the right settings..took me an hour just to render it with
proper settings and stuff...but when I saved it as a preset
it rendered in like 4 minutes...good..good..
rYAN taNNER
12 years ago
Ty so much can't wait to use it .Now if you could do a tutorial on the Star wars Scroll crawl.I would be most happy.
Craig Woolhouse
12 years ago
Best tutorial yet! Very informative and enjoyable.

Thanks Andrew,
Peace.
12 years ago
thanks felix!
12 years ago
Cheat. It doesnt look like the preview you gave us..
Anyway Fantastic Tutorial.. :D
Hessian
12 years ago
Great Tutorial, I'm loving my AE CS3 and you're just making me love it even mor,e I just wanna get straight on and try out the tutorials.

Thanks for taking out your time to make these, they're a big help for beginners like me.
Josh
12 years ago
Great tutorial Andrew! I'm trying to re-create this for an HD project, but I still don't see how to download the size photographs that you got. I can save from Google Earth, but they're about 1000x800 at most. So, once again, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE HIGH REZ PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????? Please and thank you!
simondo
12 years ago
hi andrew

fantastic tutorial, very funny as allways, i hope you dont become a commedian, then ill have to find somone else to do tutorials.

one problem im finding is, getting high res images, i know you linked to a few sites, but could you say were exactly you got them?

kind regards

si
uk
Gary
12 years ago
You should have unrated versions of your tutorials with the jokes. That way we could state that we're over 18 and watch the full hardcore rated R tutorials.
Sean
12 years ago
Awesome tutorial! It's amazing how quickly you're able to create fantastic looking video and do so in a way that even relatively inexperienced users like myself can follow along with and duplicate!
12 years ago
Awsome Andrew!!!!!!!!!!
Top class
Really enjoying the tutorials
Got three of your dvd's and i love em

Thanks and keep up the great work !!!!!!!!!
Scott
12 years ago
Dude i m dying this was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike
12 years ago
Well i tryed to make it myself...
I just Google Earth downloaded the program got my screenshot by zoming into earth, print screen saved it then putted it into AE did every step but when it gots to like the 4 zoompaart it just got black totally black like something wasent there anymore, can someon help me???
Ow and btw i cant find images that look that sharp as AK used in his tutorials :s
If you wanna add me on msn and help me i would be so thankful
greetings
klootzak_knuffeltje@hotmail.com
12 years ago
@Bones: Just hit the print screen button and cut out the area you want. That's how I did it.
12 years ago
AK, I went to the link for google maps and everythings all good except for saving the images out. How the heck do u take the images from the satelite and save them as jpegs onto your computer? it wont let me right click and "save as" as most sites let u because its flash. ???
12 years ago
Very great tutorial!

Here's my attempt:

http://www.felixbruns.de/tmp/earth.zoom.h264.mov

I like the beginning but the end is kinda crappy... :(
Images didn't really match with the globe. And I forgot
to add a bit rotation but I don't feel like rendering again,
even if it's just about an hour with motion blur.

--Felix
Visage
12 years ago
Man you ROCK!
JaRoX
12 years ago
Very incredible.
So where have you find the high resolution photo please?? And the final world too?

Congratulation, I'm in love to your website !!
12 years ago
If we have ae standard what do we do about the zoom at the end?
God Bless you Andrew! guys let appreciate andrew one more time for his endless effort in trying to make video co-pilot outstanding

great tutorials, quite comprehensive, much tricky, and SERIOUS CLASS THIS TIME!, my wife was wondering, " is this kramer talking" we missed your humor...

community! i guess you guys are out on video co-pilot DVDs, thats is the best way to say THANK YOU to Kramer


I LIKE THIS SITE

tunslike
JT
12 years ago
Just excellent!
Pac-San
12 years ago
Andrew, you're the man! I've tried to use the 3D method, but yours is way better and easier. Thanks, man!!!
TonyXT1
12 years ago
Great and very useful tutorial and insight into the power of AFX
and if anyone has a problem with Indiana Jones or Harrison Ford or Lucas & Spielberg for that matter will have to take it into the octagon

THX Andy
B-Rad
12 years ago
Andrew, is there something else we can do for "exponential scale" if we don't have the professional version? Would something else give a similar effect?
12 years ago
depends on the region. Not all areas in usa are available on high-res
Helge
12 years ago
I've tried Google Earth and World Wind. Google Earth gave the best pictures but it's got så much stuff in the way, like the zoom thing and such. Does anyone know how to remove it, or how to take a good picture in Google Earth?
12 years ago
thx man,
i like your work ,
Keep coming up !
Aziz
12 years ago
thank you for the great tutorial.
can i ask you please to make a tutorial about how to make a lightening effect or electric current

thanks
12 years ago
LOVE U ANDREW jajaja, by the way, you`re really funny
Helge
12 years ago
How did you get such great images with World Wind ??? I can barely see buildings!
12 years ago
this is what i have done, it misses some blue atmosphere around it, it misses some darker area on 1 side, and it misses motion blur, but it is looking nice allready:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/eczqmh

guys, mr.Andrew gave u 4 links, maps.google is preety nice place to start from i got my footage from there, he got his footage allso from maps.google , but only a few towns has that kind of quality, San francisco is one of them

for big picture of Earth, just google it, i've found myne by google:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/eczqmh
12 years ago
Just Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
Hashem.
12 years ago
walla nice
thx for tut :)
Jesiel escorcio
12 years ago
you know very, you have as you to make a tutorial one in portuquês?
Zector
12 years ago
Awesome!! thanks again for this wonderfull tuts!!!!
Stefan
12 years ago
Awesome but i have one qusetion where i shoud find this high resolution images? any suggestions? :\
12 years ago
Thanks yet AGAIN, Mr. Kramer. Your tutorials are just top notch and ALWAYS funny.
Diego Rueda
12 years ago
The best tutorial that i've seen Andrew.

From London
12 years ago
Your tutorials make me excited besides that. It would be great if your did some 3ds max tutorials :)
3D
12 years ago
U R STAR ...... fantastic
Thank you
12 years ago
And thats another nice tutorials from Andrew Kramer :).
Really great tutorial, I'm going to try this out!
12 years ago
Fantastic tutorial!
Jim W.
12 years ago
Also, Here are some more map resources - I posted before, not sure if anyone noticed:

http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/
http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/
http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/
http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/

enjoy!
12 years ago
Another great tutorial Andrew. Keep em coming, seriously. Each tutorial you have brings something new and incredibly useful to the table. Brilliant work...as usual!
12 years ago
Thanks Andrew for a great tutorial. Would it be possible for, at the end of the tutorial, using a hi-res image of Earth with Cycore's Sphere plug-in so we can make it rotate? When I use Google Earth, it has the stupid google earth image and the compass embedded on the top and bottom of my image. Any way to overcome that?
Jim W.
12 years ago
Andrew, for lining up the images, you can alternately use the difference mode. The camera shake is a nice touch.

Ferdi, your zoom is really nice. The blurred edges give it a really nice dreamy look.

Jim W.
Titso
12 years ago
Yeah, i agree with Michel, you should realy put up a donation on this site:D
String
12 years ago
Hiiiiiiii Andrew , very nice tutorial & Very good man ,
Please i need tutorial for " REViSiON_EFFECTS_REFLEX "
i am sended message in cgtalke . tnx man
12 years ago
Hello Andrew,

Great tutorial, I saw the visual fx comp on the Hollywood film "Enemy of the state" with Will Smith. Great way showing how it can be achieved in Adobe After Effcts Hollywood effects work on a desktop. Keep up the good work.

Leo
KimOhNo
12 years ago
Dude youre awsome!

Greetings from Berlin, we love you !
12 years ago
For some years, I've seen a LOT of tutorials from different applications, but I never seen tutorials of complex applications so well made and easy to follow. I can't imagine what can Andrew do with Maya & 3DMax, where other "BIG" guys fail in teaching.

Excellent Work!!! I saw the rendered video on my big LCD screen and its like watching a movie.

Greetings from the Caribbean!
Eduardo
Chris Cruise
12 years ago
Excellent work! Very professional results! great work man.
Michel
12 years ago
Sadly I must report that my camera burn up on re-entry. No zoom to earth for me. ; )

Great demo, great humour. What I don't understand is why you would give that one for free. Man, this one tutorial alone would sell any new training DVD.

Have you ever thought of setting up a donation button on your web page? I am sure tons of people would be happy to give. Picture this, Andrew Kramer, on the sidewalk of a busy street, creating tutorials with your hat on the sidewalk. I would throw money in the hat for what you do.

Thank you very much Andrew.

Fergi, really like your demo clips. I was going to write very professional but that would insinuate you’re an amateur and I know your not. Great idea with the 3D photos and precise use of sound.
Diego G.F
12 years ago
Woooohoooooooo!!!!!!!.....I love you Andrew. Incredible tutorial. Thx
Conor
12 years ago
That's a brilliant tutorial Andrew, one of the best yet. There's a fishing store just down the road from me, gonna get myself pimped out with line later!
Andrei
12 years ago
Great tutorial Andrew, amazing I must say...keep them comming ...
12 years ago
I love it. Thanks. It uses all the basics its jjust i never would have thought of the technique!
Spence
12 years ago
not that you'll ever read this last lil' comment, but Dude... You are sick!!!! (that means you rock!) Much thanks!
Kevin Rogge
12 years ago
Hi Andrew!
Is it possible to save these sattelite pictures from google?
Or should i hit the print key and then paste it into a graphic program?

Thanks,

Kevin
Germany
Andre
12 years ago
Ferdi how did you do the picture 3d effect?!? Amazing
12 years ago
Hi Andrew,

This is really great. But how did you took those pictures? With Google Earth or something like that?

I'll try to do it myself.

Thanks,

Jeffrey
Netherlands
Minl
12 years ago
I cant change the scale to 100, 100. when i type 100, it shows 166 for the other one.. wierd.
12 years ago
Nice stuff Ferdi, I really like the latest addition of the 3d photo...
Some Guy
12 years ago
Thanks! Great tutorial, although the promised quality wasn't there. I also missed the Big Dipper. ;-)
12 years ago
Pretty good stuff there Andrew. I made one too some time ago (check my website->demos), but I actually built it in 3d space. I don't know why I did, but I think it worked out kinda ok. Could have been better though.
12 years ago
Well you can always zoom in even further by starting with a live action shot of someone from on top of a latter or something high. Then use this as the starting point and follow the rest of the tutorial.

Best,
AK
Miquel
12 years ago
Andrew you rock!
A few days since you introduce that, I was trying to figure out a way to do it, and since I did the tutorial it opens my eyes in a few things,

Thank you for sharing!

Miquel
Barcelona
12 years ago
This is so cool! Thanks for this great tutorial..
Minl
12 years ago
how did you zoom that far? and yet the quality of the picture is good?
Dmitri
12 years ago
Hi Andrew!
i saw the same effect in Resident Evil: Extinction movie trailer, but there was also zoom out effect at 1:07 time and at the end camera pointed at Milas face. Just You need to see what i'm talking about http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/residentevilextinction/high.html
Can You do the same?
Andre
12 years ago
Andrew, whats coming next week?????????!?!?!?!?!?!?!!
12 years ago
Just thank you :)
Yan Wong
12 years ago
hi Andrew Kramer,
I am a graphic designer from Hong Kong.
My friend introduced this web site to me and I find that the tutorials are useful.
Your a good teacher and I want to say thanks to you!
12 years ago
Ahhh, I wish I could tell you what is coming next week...
12 years ago
nicely done, but...ive tryed it, but i needed a zoom from the Earth to the city/house/town, all is great accept the clouds, cus they fade in again, and it looks ...well...not realistic, and idea on that matter?
Leerlaufprozess
12 years ago
This looks great. But is it possible to make the whole earth rotate a bit in the end?
michi
12 years ago
this should be your masterpiece (out of all the free tuts)
Jack Hunter
12 years ago
Result!
Andre
12 years ago
Andrew, btw do you know NASA World Wind?

They use a 3d earth model for the sky view and it could be useful for all non-american ppl here who looking for a 3d earth of their area.

http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/features.html
Andre
12 years ago
Andrew, once again you proofed us and the world that you are a true VFX master!

Thanks for this f++++++ amazing tutorial.
Gonads
12 years ago
Yay! Sadly I can't watch it now because I'm on my laptop and flash goes slow but I'll move onto another comp and watch it before I go to school! ;P

Gonads - Dan, 16
United Kingdom
wayne
12 years ago
great!how awesome fx it is!and good instruction as well.good job Mr Andrew.
Jaydubs
12 years ago
Hey Andrew,

sweeeet tute mate, just one question ... where'd you get the pics of San Fran ? Is there a stock site or something you prefer ?

Cheers,

Jaydubs.
Sunny
12 years ago
great tutorial....i was wondering how did u create that glow around the earth...
Kevin Rogge
12 years ago
Hey Andrew!
Very nice tutorial! Its awesome!
But where do you get these high resolution images?
S. Gilbert
12 years ago
Hey Andrew,

I've been waiting for this one for a long time. Thank You Thank you Thank You.

I also wanted to know if you have any favorite books on Expressions, I think that in order to really get the most out of After Effects it's something I have to start learning. Again thank you for your tuts love em all.
12 years ago
guess what you did wrong then?
CharLes
12 years ago
cool...but my refrigerator still not working!!!!
12 years ago
Hey andrew, im thinking about doing it in reverse, but then it zooms in to my house somehow and it shows my face and i say somthing really wierd

dunno how that could be achieved, but would be great aswell i guess
Harry McHugh
12 years ago
I would like to know where to get the high rez photos too. I mean i guess the hot air ballon might would.

But seriously, is there any other options besides google earth?
12 years ago
This one is cool, now instead of lightsaber movies we all will be zooming in on each others backyards!
Trung
12 years ago
Andrew, I lost my camera while floating up to space. If it lands onto your yard, let me know. I think I forgot to press record too. Darn. Your tutorials are great, how did you get those pictures of San Francisco? Thank you for making this tutorial.
12 years ago
@ Patolinx , I got mine for Google Earth, just keep zooming out and snapping shots. Quality on mine was 100%

Here you go Andrew, I attempted one from my street in Australia:

http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/paddymazz/?action=view&current=EarthZoom.flv

Size = 7.8 megs

I think my wiggle went for a bit too long, but I still like the result.
Jacob Aaron
12 years ago
Its here! Its so awesome. Im going to start practicing this thanks!

Wonderful job!
John
12 years ago
Echoing all the statements above....dude...THAT WAS AWESOME!
12 years ago
Look ma! Toppa tha world!
Patolinx!
12 years ago
Andrew,
Where did you get the hi res photos?
SPC Goodwin
12 years ago
Great tut, i think this is a very good one. It helps you learn stuff that is very useable for other projects. So I say great job to you and cant wait for the next one.
Sebastian Vázquez
12 years ago
Fantastic!!
Sandy
12 years ago
Awesome Andrew - Awesome Tut !!!!

Your tutorials r the BEST coz U R THE BEST.

Thankyou 4 all ur Hardworks for creating these AWESOME FREE TUTORIALS.

THANX once again.

Warm Regards
Sandy
Dabiel
12 years ago
how would i do this if my starting point was a person?
12 years ago
Amaizing!...
You Are A Genius..
12 years ago
great stuff man. I LOVE YOU!!! Well, I really hope you post a new blog telling us where you got those pics. I also want to know. Was the earth rendered in 3DS? Or was it a google earth, earth.

Im gonna try this but I might try adding a satalite on the way up.
12 years ago
I think this must be one of the greatest tutorials you've made so far!

thanks alot!!!
James
12 years ago
wow this is by far the best tutorial i have ever seen. i tried one like this from another site, but it doesnt come close to this one. as always, ur the best andrew:P
Thanks a ton Andrew. Your tutorials are indeed the best and it makes us better. Muchos Gracious...
IFS
12 years ago
Awesome!

Thanks so much

I love you to xD
Gabberdim
12 years ago
For those who want air photos from diffrent levels,just try google earth

Andrew...awesome...best site for after effects tutorials in ages!!!
I cant wait 2 wake up in the morning and check if theres anything new.

greedings from Athens!

take care
Titso
12 years ago
one problem is that not every1 have access to photos of their towns etc to make this tutorial so those who realy cares for VFX will find them like me:)
Shujaat
12 years ago
I forgot to add

Today is my birthday and this would make a great present

Thanks Andrew
TJ
12 years ago
Totally AWESOME!!!
Can't wait to use it. Already thinking of a way to composite it with video and 3D.
Your the best man!
Jacob
12 years ago
Wow. Really great tutorial man.
And even better quality than in the blog (Earth Zoom Coming Soon!).
Seriously man, great tutorial and i'm going to use this effect.
12 years ago
Yes i can see these questions are popular among Jackobs even in stocks the resolution like that is rear.
Shujaat
12 years ago
finally, was waiting a long time for this
12 years ago
Hey nice work.

I'm really interested to know where you pulled your watermark free photos from. Or were they watermarked, and then photoshoped?

Cheers,
Jacob.
12 years ago
Yeah Andrew I need some more fishing line.

Do you have a tutorial on making any, or can you lend me some?
Titso
12 years ago
well i have done making a movie out of this tutorial which zooms out from my house i Norway, the pictures were hard to find, most of them crap but it worked:)
Realy nice work endeed
Iliès S.
12 years ago
Wow, excellent, you certainly deserve your break after a 23 min tut. can't imagine how long it took to make.

I've got a question , how did you erase the fishng line from in front of the camera, i'm stuck with it i can't use my video. ;)

Iliès, cg student,
Belgium
Magnusfaz
12 years ago
Andrew!!!!!!!
My cam got lost in the space!!!!

(Great tutorial. I say the best person in the world are those that share the knowledge)
Max
12 years ago
WOO! Nice one Andrew! This will look cool as some kind of computer tracking system. Good job!
12 years ago
Thanks everyone. You should be able to follow along in 6.5, the project file may not work but it can be recreated.

Now if you need some fishing line, let me know I can point you in the right direction.
    Roy
    8 years ago
    Hey Andrew!!you are amazing...you are good at it man,i am so determined to do visual effect so i do seek assistance especially from you guys..i real admire your work guys!!
12 years ago
omfg that was one of your best tutorials! Great job man! Give your yourself a break and order some pizza with your friend's money! (preferably Sam)
Marc.B
12 years ago
Awesome Tutorial Andrew :)
Any chance you tell us where you get the pictures ? I would also love to see a tutorials of how you make this earth... it's really look great :)

Thanks for sharing this with us :)

Marc,
Paris, France
Rafael
12 years ago
Dude, you rock!
Keep the good stuff on!
Cheeers from Brazil
12 years ago
ummm..this tutorial doesn't work in 6.5

I'm going to return my brand new mac..this is BS

....ahhh
12 years ago
Yeah, that was long, But great!

Awesome work Andrew!

Awww buggar, stupid PG Rating. Share them next time...
Cato (Glowing_Amraam)
12 years ago
Hey Andrew, i really love your tutorials!!
I've been making videos for a long time and After Effects is next on my learning list and you've really helped me alot.

I'll give you credit in my next movie for the next Helicopter sim "Black Shark" when my movie is done. Cheers :)
Orc Master
12 years ago
WOW, man! Nice one! The shake and the rotation definately add more to the effect. So, well, basically it was cooler than I thought :D

Now we'll be expecting to see your next tutorial, after you get that break! ;)

We're definately having a great time in this blog. You're an awesome person for sharing all that knowledge with us for free and you also have a great sense of humor.

The more tutorials you make, the more I forget I'm still in Venezuela instead of Kramerland:P
patdynek
12 years ago
nice one :> need to add it to mine :>
radicalhorizons
12 years ago
Thanks so much :) You should make 2 versions, a PG-13, and the R rated one, lol :)
12 years ago
Wow, very cool tutorial Andrew. Thanks much for all the hard work, just bought your Action Essentials and Serious FX bundles, couldn't be happier!!

Jonathan
LA
12 years ago
Wow!

That was cool!
Where do you get these images?

Thanks for sharing us these COOL tutorials for free!

Greetings from Hungary! ;)
12 years ago
so nice mister! :) and nice intro :D
12 years ago
Very good tutorial, will defintley put to use later on.
John Paite
12 years ago
nice i like.... so its all abt getting the right picture...I have been enlightened!!
Jeff (NoodleMaps)
12 years ago
Simply amazing, Really, very simple idea, it just took Mr. Kramer to hit me over the head with the OHH! that's how!

Thanks sir. Can't wait to go and try it out.
12 years ago
I Think that is a really cool Tutorial and i have now great idee to make that of my art :D

Really nice Andrew
Li Cui
12 years ago
Well, I'm commenting because, well actually I don't know why. I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet, but I'm assuming it's mind blowing so thanks again for taking the time to provide these great learning resources! -A fan
12 years ago
very cool!
Titso
12 years ago
Brilliant work Andrew, keep it up:)
Mike
12 years ago
Dude you rock my man,
thanks to you i started using after effects and you helped me so much on the way to make GREAT stuff, but for this tutorial... well see im kinda stuck where do you get the footage this time??
Ow and one more thing where can i find that plugin if you dont have pro ? :$ i kinda need it for a movie im making for school so...
any help is welcome.
But anyway go on making these kind of tutorials, you are the men...
Musab AL-Shatti
12 years ago
Thanks man looks great. vary cool and helpful tutorials.
keep it up :)
Musab from KUWAIT
12 years ago
http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/ Maybe A goog Site !!!!
12 years ago
Hy, my master (Andrew) :D
You are professional. I can't speak English.... Just a little bit. I have a question for you. Please tell me how do you make the eart? (The planet in the space) Becuse i gues the continent is from the google earth. ( I THINK) :) :S But the the planet is where to come from?
Fish
12 years ago
Great tutorial! You are truly amazing. I did miss the jokes...a little...
Dave
12 years ago
You almost had me there at the beginning of the tutorial with the balloon and line, I thought I had to physically film something. Great video you are the master
Hodrog
12 years ago
Thanks a bunch Andrew , i am gonna watch it right now
Jhonny
12 years ago
Hey Andrew man, this tutorial kicks ass... really amazing effect i always wondered how it was done. Only one question... where did ya get the hi res pictures... google earth? Saludos de Chile!
12 years ago
It whas verry verry Long....

But How do You get the Photo's Of San Frisco ??
Mitch(UK)
12 years ago
Awsome.

Mitch(UK)
Javier C.
12 years ago
That was just fantastic Andrew, you've done a really nice job, just like always. Thank you very much for sharing stuff like this with us!
jacek
12 years ago
great tutorial Andrew!!!!
noni
12 years ago
thanks Andrew ive been waiting for this for a long time... im going to watch it right now... thanks again for this great tutorial
12 years ago
great! finally its here
Ned
12 years ago
maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan
i hve never seen a Mastermind like you..........
keeeeeep up the great work...
u r doing a very gud JOB
GOD bless you
thanks for sharing stuff like that with ussssssssssssssssssssss
12 years ago
YEAh I conna Watch It Right Away
Misma
12 years ago
Woooohoooooooo!!!!!!!
at last Andrew
thanks a bunch for making this
Sebastian de la Nuez
12 years ago
FINALLY!
Patolinx!
12 years ago
WOW!!!
You rock man!
Thanks for sharing all this fabulous tutorials!
Best Regards from Chile

Patolinx!
Greg
12 years ago
Nice! Hey on a side note... have you considered adding all these tutorials to your Serious FX podast?
12 years ago
YESSSS!!!
I love you man!
12 years ago
Absolutely fantastic. Decades of anticipation pay off. Can't wait to put this to use.
12 years ago
I helped Andrew Kramer?!
And I'm the first to post?
Awesome!
    8 years ago
    where is your website james? Need any help?