Digital Arts by Stelios Nikolaou Google EarthUse Google Earth with Adobe After Effects to make thrilling ‘falling-from- space' sequences. Google Earth has amazed us all with its tremendous potential – but what if we want to take things one step further and make a zoom- in animation from its satellite photos? It’s possible, and means you can bring a typical Hollywood effect straight to your desktop. To start, you’ll need ten screengrabs from Google Earth over the same area, each from a different altitude. We’ve included the captures used here on the CD, but feel free to roll your own. The masterclass will take you through the process of setting up these photos to forge one big satellite photo that doesn’t lose quality as you zoom in. The captures have been labelled 1.jpg, 2.jpg and so on, with 1.jpg being the highest altitude photo and 10.jpg being the lowest. read more...

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