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How to place a video on Google Earth

I get a question where someone wants to upload a video to Google Earth, I understand you are looking for show routes and attach a video. Let’s see something you can do and that could apply our Mexican friends, is very similar to placing a photo.

Embedding a Youtube video

Assuming that I want to indicate in the story “Eyes that don’t see“, that in the place referred to, in Montelimar, Nicaragua; has sounded in La Casona Alex Ubago’s song called “Cry of Hope.”

We go to YouTube, we choose the video and then select the code to insert and do copy.


Then in Google Earth, we put a place mark, right click the mouse button and select “Properties.”

In the description we place the YouTube code with embedded video and we do “accept.”


Now we give a click and there we have it. It is definitely a great song ;).


Embed video to a path

Suppose that now I want to do the same but not to a point but a path and with a non YouTube video. The important thing is to know where’s the file, because if you are going to share it in the web with others, it is required to be available with a known url. In this case I will do the job with a swf format, which is a compiled flash, avi videos are not recommended because these formats do not run on the browser but should be downloaded locally; either way, there are many avi to swf format converters.

Now let’s see, I want to put the video previously showed, the one with the features with Geographics, this is stored here:


And I want to display it on the route that is from the deck of the pool to where the girl saw the storms in the sky. We do the route with the normal track button, and we put almost the same code from Youtube, removing what we do not require because some labels are parameters for that web.

Note that the code just says that the flash file type, of 320 × 265 will be display… and that’s all. The marked in bold can be changed as you wish, which would be the address of the video and the size.


And there you have it; it seems like had been yesterday … and we may even stir the same chills.


Share it on the Internet

To save the individual file, it is played with the right mouse button and is chosen “save as”, so that kmz or kml file can be mailed or upload to web. Also the file may take several lines or points, which are in the Google Earth’s readme.

Once stored somewhere, it can even be seen on Google Maps, for this just copy the url of the kmz in Google Maps search and that’s all.

This is the url of this file:


While you can not see the video above, there is a link to view it in Google Earth.


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