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This Week In Real Estate Video #55 – Google Earth Fly-ins

April 26th, 2013

JimBarnesJim Barnes sent me a link to one of his videos this week that he uses a Google Earth fly-in to the property at the beginning. Jim’s video is one of the most stunning examples of a fly-in sequence that I’ve seen used for real estate. He combines the Google Earth fly-in with the cloud shot at the beginning, and a crane shot at the end to give the feel that you are flying around at very low altitude. Great job Jim!

If you’ve seen Fred Light’s videos, Fred frequently uses a Google Earth fly-ins at the beginning of many of his videos.

It takes a little time to learn how to use Google Earth to make these fly-in simulations, but I think it is worth the time and energy to learn how to use it. I need to point out that using Google Earth for a business requires that you subscribe to Google Earth Pro which is $399/year.

Microsoft has put a virtual earth feature in Bing that as I understand is free but I’ve never used it or seen it used for real estate fly-ins so I don’t know how good it is. has anyone out there used it?

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13 Responses to “This Week In Real Estate Video #55 – Google Earth Fly-ins”

  • OMG! It’s simply amazing! I’ve never seen something like this! I really love see the behind the scenes of this video.

  • Anyone notice the mixture of stills with the video insert? The HDR breakfast room with the look-out onto the fireplace that is burning. Nice touch.

  • I’ve never seen such an amazing video that is rich of everything. Is there a tutorial on this or can it be created? I just love this and thanking Jim Barns and you Larry for sharing. Such beauty.

  • @Joanne – There is no tutorial that I know of, but you could pose questions to Jim about how he made this.

  • I was amazed last week when I saw it on a real estate blog (sorry Larry…strayed to another blog 🙂 ) Simply amazing how starts out blending and improving the standard Google Earth. And Fred, while I have sen your work before, congratualations on the CBS Evening News feature.

    While I am about to assemble my first community based video (yeah!) was thinking about Google Earth last week, but $399 is a little steep at this point. While “free” is one of my favorite words, I downloaded Bing. Unfortunately, it lags behind Google significantly. Zoom is steplike, lacking focus, then coming in. Overall yellow cast as I looked at several addresses in different cities. And my house was taken sometime during the 2 months of the year when the grass is brown. Glad I unchecked the box when installing tp make MSN my homepage and Bing maps the default.

  • Navigating Google Earth is a bit like playing a video game. The secret is the 3D mouse and here is a video that gets pretty close to showing how it’s done. http://www.3dconnexion.com/index.php?id=116.
    Consider amortizing the cost of the Google Earth annual subscription over the number of videos you produce each year. I’ve got it down to less than $10.00 per listing and that doesn’t count the WOW factor that is achieved when attracting new business.
    Full disclosure, my wife and I work together full time as sales and marketing partners in our real estate business and this has been a factor in helping attract new clients especially with higher end properties.

  • I’d like to find out where they (and everyone else) gets their music? I have a truly free “royalty free” site that I use, but would like to find sites that would help me expand my library. I’m open to both reasonable paid and unpaid sites. I just don’t want to pay $99/$199 per track on a piece that i might use only once or twice a year. Thanks!

  • audiojungle.net…while their single product regular license very low priced. Also, they have a “free” download with regular license each month.
    likewise is their sister company – videohive.net – with similar marketing structure, but After Effect projects instead of music.

  • @ Jim- Thank you. You’re a great resource to have on this board. I feel this fly-in adds a great value, especially for those marketing to buyers that are not familiar with the area.

  • Hi Jim,
    First off, amazing videos. I checkout out some of your other videos on your youtube channel.
    I also work with RE/MAX (in Canada) and I’m wondering how you get the RE/MAX balloon above the property in the Google Earth fly-in.
    Thanks Mike

  • Jim, thanks for the link. Another music site is http://www.triplescoopmusic.com. TripleScoop is more expensive and it is a good idea to make sure that the licensing terms will work with your project.

    Anybody have more places to get licensed music? The last thing I would want is for one of my customers to get a nasty email about copyright infringement.

  • Long time listner, 1st time caller…

    I just found a vendor on Fiverr that will provide Google Earth videos.

    https://www.fiverr.com/art4kiva/create-an-unique-travel-memory-video-with-google-earth?funnel=b5c74673-37a8-4b2c-9da3-3c2e4000ee03

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