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April 9, 2013 7:22 PM   Subscribe

Roll your own Google Street View Hyperlapse. via
posted by Casimir (29 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fascinating! Here's Milwaukee's City Hall.
posted by desjardins at 7:46 PM on April 9, 2013


Wow, really cool! I look forward to being able to embed.
Here's Marina Towers in Chicago.
posted by me3dia at 7:52 PM on April 9, 2013


very nice, but i wish i could control the pitch of the camera. it's set to look upwards, and i'd like to look out at a level angle or downwards instead. for example, to look over the edge while traversing a bridge.

that said, you can really easily make some super cool clips.
posted by bruceo at 8:03 PM on April 9, 2013


ubiquitous, always-on cameras everywhere = functional backwards time travel as far back as, well, about now.
posted by sexyrobot at 8:11 PM on April 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Fantastic...what a great thing. What a great, great thing.
posted by salishsea at 8:12 PM on April 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'm going to have so much fun with this.

Nullarbor Plain.
posted by Jimbob at 8:15 PM on April 9, 2013


Hey, these are the guys that got me detained by the police for their Lego gun hijinx!
posted by sevenyearlurk at 8:20 PM on April 9, 2013


Here's a vista of downtown Pittsburgh, or as close as I could manage.

(I tried to do the Fort Pitt tunnel, but the program is kinda buggy and flips between freeway lanes on a whim. Also, Street View's fisheye lens dilutes the effect of "tunnel tunnel dark okay it's a tunnel I'm in a tunnel tunnel tun BAM DOWNTOWN SO COOL RIVERS SKYSCRAPERS WOW OKAY WHERE DO I GO I HAVE TO READ FIVE SIGNS AT ONCE I GUESS I'LL JUST GET OFF AT THE WRONG EXIT DAMN IT!")
posted by Turkey Glue at 8:25 PM on April 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Mile High Drive By
Yeah, yeah yeah I know it's called Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High
posted by jazon at 8:40 PM on April 9, 2013


Hey, that's cool! I created one of the road to my childhood house. Wish you could slow it down in a few spots to get a look at something specific, but it will be a fun thing to play around with!
posted by gemmy at 8:43 PM on April 9, 2013


Seems to do better with longer tracks. I tried having it circle around a block and got about five views, out of order.
posted by me3dia at 8:53 PM on April 9, 2013


Apparently, it's always winter on 3rd street...
posted by schmod at 9:23 PM on April 9, 2013


very nice, but i wish i could control the pitch of the camera.

I was able to adjust the pitch by just dragging the view as one would do with ordinary Streetview.
posted by caaaaaam at 9:40 PM on April 9, 2013


Gaiagi Driver - 3d Driving Simulator
posted by various at 10:59 PM on April 9, 2013


I am apparently cursed with an inability to grasp Google's streetview UI or anything related to it. I'm supposed to drag the A and B things on to the center thing, shifting the location in between? And then the A and B things don't stay where I've anchored them when I zoom or pan . . . or it depends on how far you're zoomed out . . .? I don't get it all, sorry. I'm a very computer-literate guy, but it's like the kids who make this stuff are speaking another language that's only spoken at design conferences.
posted by treepour at 11:13 PM on April 9, 2013


Alberta badlands
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 11:45 PM on April 9, 2013


OMG I just figured out you can move the pivot thing.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 11:53 PM on April 9, 2013


neat
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 12:34 AM on April 10, 2013


OMG I just figured out you can move the pivot thing.

Yes! That's what's wrong with this school of design! It shouldn't be a point-and-click-and-maybe-drag guessing game such that the "rewards" consist of the thing functioning as advertised.
posted by treepour at 12:35 AM on April 10, 2013


I give you.... the tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom, 7th tallest freestanding structure in the European Union, 4th tallest tower in the European Union, and 25th tallest tower in the world.
posted by 0bvious at 5:36 AM on April 10, 2013


You can't have a road trip montage without suitable background music.
posted by dephlogisticated at 6:08 AM on April 10, 2013


treepour: only the A and B markers move around on the screen. The start and end points stay where they are unless you drag the A and B. This is so you can move your start and end points without having to zoom out or pan around to find the markers.

The other marker (the "pivot point") is the point on which the camera is focusing. The center of attention, if you will. In my example in the first comment, it was the City Hall building. You might pick a bridge or the lake or whatever, and the camera will stay on that spot as it moves along the route (from point A to point B).
posted by desjardins at 7:44 AM on April 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Am I the only this doesn't work? Press Go, screen turns gray, says "Loading Hyperlapse".. then nothing. Pressing cancel doesn't work either. Using Chrome, fast machine and broadband.
posted by stbalbach at 8:24 AM on April 10, 2013


Crusin' Elm Street in Manchester, NH; this is like high school all over again!
posted by Greg Nog at 8:30 AM on April 10, 2013


bruceo : very nice, but i wish i could control the pitch of the camera.

Looking at the demo video, there are obviously many more parameters that can be set beyond what is available in the user interface. Most obviously the barrel rolls, but also the pitch up and down seems to vary during the same shots, like the one that tracks the airplane.
As for looking over a bridge, one of the "Featured" demos, "Hong Kong Port," does a bit of that, and as far as I can tell, it seems to use the elevation of the point you are looking at to determine the angle.
I am trying to mess with the last parameter in the URL, but no luck yet. The first 6 are lat/long for the three points. I think the 7th and 8th are map zoom level and elevation, but I don't see a way to alter them. I think it always reads the Google elevation.
posted by bitslayer at 10:31 AM on April 10, 2013


dead?
posted by badstone at 11:36 AM on April 10, 2013


oooh, I take it back. here's Olmsted Point in Yosemite.
posted by badstone at 11:46 AM on April 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Big Sur!
posted by badstone at 11:51 AM on April 10, 2013


Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park, Canada
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 1:56 PM on April 11, 2013


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