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Tips for capturing street-level collections for Street View

You can help us optimize how your imagery looks on Google Maps by following these tips when capturing street-level collections for Street View. It may take time for blue lines to appear after imagery is published. Google may also reprocess imagery positioning from time to time. These processes generally complete within 48 hours.

Tip: Street View isn't currently available for videos collected indoors.

How to position and set up your camera

  • Remember to disable any gyroscopic stabilization.
  • Keep your camera upright and as high above your camera support system as possible.
  • Try to position your camera support system so that it takes up less than 25% of the bottom of the resulting 360 image. You can check this if your camera supports a real-time preview.
  • Consider the lighting of your environment (e.g. avoid sunrise/sunset, adjust exposure for bright conditions). If your camera supports a real-time preview, you can use signs and storefronts to verify proper exposure.
  • Consider using available tools from the manufacturer, like a mobile app, to control the camera.

Additional tips

  • If supported by your camera, consider setting the frame rate to 5 frames per second at driving or biking speeds and 1 frame per second for walking speeds.
  • To ensure that GPS data is properly collected, start and stop your collection path in areas with open sky (e.g. avoid trees, buildings, etc.). Videos collected indoors or inside tunnels often lack adequate GPS and may not publish successfully.
  • Make sure there are no long time gaps (>5 seconds) between GPS samples.
  • Check that your GPS samples aren’t impossible: if latitude and longitude jump all over the place in ways that a car or person could never achieve, we may reject the video.
  • To help us automatically position 360 images in relation to one another, when capturing imagery, try to overlap with some areas you already captured in the collection. This include turns (e.g. a city block) in your collection path.
  • Try to limit your speed to:
    • Under 5 mph or 8 km when capturing at 1fps
    • Under 30 mph or 45 kmh when capturing at 5fps
    • Under 45 mph or 70 kmh when capturing at 7fps
  • If processing is required after capturing a video, the same fps setting must be used.
  • Try to record your 360 videos for at least 2 minutes but for no longer than 60 minutes at a time (unless otherwise advised by the camera manufacturer).
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