I cannot even remember what I was doing poking around San Francisco with Google Maps, but I was looking around The City with the Street View option turned on it was along a stretch of a street I notice that as I move around, I was following the same car. This makes sense as the images are taken from a special camera mounted on top of a vehicle.
And then a flash- I could navigate around with this camera and collect still frames.. or do a screen capture. and make a movie. I call my first effort “The Streetview(s) of San Francisco” as I took a spin down Lombard Street, the “Crookedest Street in the World”
I did this in about 20 minutes on My MacBookPro.
- Located Lombard Street on Google Maps with Street View turned on
- Opened up iShowU, the Mac app for capturing screen action onto QuickTime. Set the capture Area to be right over the street view region
- Started capture, navigate in street view with arrows- trick turns on those curves!
- Opene the captured in QuickTime Player- ugh, the microphone caught my clicking and breathing. It needs a sound track! I use the QT tools to delete the sound track Window -> Show Movie Properties; select Sound Track; click Delete.
- Find a sound track on SkreemR. Searched on “street chase” and found Police Chase from a Brazilian band called Spiritual Robots.
- Opened the downloaded mp3 file on QuickTime Player. I used the edit controls to select the portion after 1:238 (the duration of my video), and deleted the sound track after 1:28. Did a select all on the audio file. Then went to my movie, and used the Select All to choose the entire movie, and then used Edit -> Add to Selection & Scale which inserts the audio track over the video.
- Used the File -> export options for Medium-Broadband, and then adjusted the size options to the atypical dimensions (608×320) — I could have done a letterbox effect to make it fit
Those are the mechanics, and there are other ways to capture or put frames into movies. But more than I am wondering, what could one create by using Google Map Street view as a movie camera?