Jim 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?