Record & play tours
You can use Google Earth 5 and up on your computer to record a tour of the world that you can share with others.
Choose a flight path, speed & file size
- Open Google Earth.
- In the top menu bar, click Tools Options (Windows) or Google Earth Preferences (Mac).
- Click Touring.
- Below "When creating a tour from a folder," choose settings for:
- Time Between Features: how fast the viewer flies to each location
- Wait at Features: how long the tour stops at each location
- Fly along lines: follow a specific flight path
- Show balloons when waiting at features: place a balloon at each site when the tour pauses
- Under "When creating a tour from a line," set your:
- Camera Tilt Angle: perspective you’d like people to see the location from
- Camera Range: how much of the location or site they can see
- Speed: overall speed of the tour
- Under "When creating a tour from a track," choose:
- Speed: how fast the tour runs overall
- Seconds Between Key Frames: length of a pause between images
- Under "When recording a tour:," slide the slider to the:
- Left to create a "Smaller File."
- Right to create a "Higher Fidelity" file (higher quality and takes up more memory).
- Click Apply OK.
Record a tour
- Open Google Earth.
- Click Add Tour, or, in the bar above the globe, click Record .
- To start recording, go to the lower left corner in the media player and click Record/Stop .
- To record audio, click Microphone Record/Stop .
- Navigate to each place you want to visit or go to the left-hand panel under "Places" and click a placemark to fly to that location.
- When you finish recording, click Record/Stop .
- In the lower right corner, a media player will appear and your tour will start playing.
- To save the tour, in the media player, click Save .
- In the box that opens, enter a title in the "Name" field.
- To add more info about the tour, use the Description and View tabs.
- Click OK.
To play a tour: Go to the left-hand panel under "Places" "My Places." Then, click the tour you want to watch.