August 4, 2015

Animating and making movies

YouTube Video of the Google Earth animation

Android users should jump to the section here

Press Review in the Tab bar (the boat symbol) to see a list of your races

 

 

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Pick your race by Date, Time and Duration

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 You can scroll around the chart and zoom in, check how close you were to the startline, and your proximity to the sandbanks !

The startline will show provided you have valid committee boat and pin-end coordinates. View your voyage statistics by pressing the Trip log button.

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When the screen appears press copy to use the text is any social media or email of your choice. There are short cuts set up for Facebook, for Twitter and for email. TIP: Facebook does not allow us to autopost the text so you fill need to paste the text manually.

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To generate a KML file for inputting into mapping programs such as Google Earth, go to the “Review” tab, select the voyage you want and then press trip log.

Use option to email a KML or GPX file to yourself and save the attachment. The default filenames for the voyage are StartStar.kml or StartStar.gpx. An additional .kml file is also available: Startline.kml for the start line. I suggest you rename the files you use to something sensible e.g. "Afternoon race 2nd August 2020"

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To view in Google Earth or Google Earth Pro (now also free), and use the “file” menu to “file”, then “open”. Open Startstar.kml and then Startline.kml.
If you have not got Google Earth Pro, you can download it from http://www.google.co.uk/earth/download/gep/agree.html. Please note the version of Google Earth on smartphones is pretty weak and useless for our purposes as it does not currently load KML or GPX files. 

To view your voyage, zoom Google Earth into to the right part of the world and you should now see the beginning of your track. TIP: If the Google Earth Navigation menu is not visible and you can't zoom in, using the menus, select "View", then "Show Navigation", then "Always".

If the map is dark, press the sunshine button (I wish we could do that whilst we were sailing!). By default the Startling is red and your track is blue, To change the colour of your track, see the "places" window and your select route which is probably labelled "my route" with a list of points, and then use the menus "Edit", "Get Info", and then you can change the colour. Repeat the procedure for the startline and any other boats you wish to include. 

To start the animation press the clock face with the right hand arrow on the time slider at the top left of the screen above the time bar. It is the rightmost of the 4 symbols at top left of the slider. On the image below it is half hidden behind the date - very annoying !

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To record your race to YouTube a few more steps are required:
- First you must make a Google Earth Tour. Position the map carefully to show your entire race. Press the Record a tour button (see below).

Google Earth Record a tour

The when you are ready Press Start Recording (a Red circle usually at the bottom left) and Press again to stop the recording. There is a lot more you can do here with clever camera angles to make the race seem exciting,...

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- Now you are ready to make your Movie. From the menus select "Tools", then "Movie Maker", then select your saved Tour and your "save to.." filename. Hit "Create Movie", leaves the settings a defaults for now and hit "OK" .

- You can now upload to your favourite video site such as YouTube or Vimeo.

 

Android users guide to displaying your voyage on Google Earth

To generate a KML file for inputting into mapping programs such as Google Earth, go to the Menu select Voyages.

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and then select the voyage  you want.

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Press Email to generate and send the data files to yourself

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Open your mail programme on you PC or MAC and save your voyage files.

If you have not got Google Earth Pro, you can download it for free from http://www.google.co.uk/earth/download/gep/agree.html. Please note the version of Google Earth on smartphones is currently pretty weak so we strongly recommend the PC or MAC version with Google Earth Pro.

To view your voyage in Google Earth Pro, start the app and then select the “file” menu to “file”, then “open” and select your voyage file, which will be something like "Startstar date.kml" is you kept the original name. 

To view your voyage, zoom Google Earth into to the right part of the world where you sail and you should now see the beginning of your track. TIP: If the Google Earth Navigation menu is not visible and you can't zoom in, using the menus, select "View", then "Show Navigation", then "Always".

Top tip: if it is dark outside the Google Earth map usually also dark to reflect the time zone, we recommend you press the sunshine button to make the map easier to see (I wish we could do that whilst we were sailing!).

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To change the colour of your track, see the "places" window and your select route which is probably labelled "my route" with a list of points, and then use the menus "Edit", "Get Info", and then you can change the colour. Repeat the procedure for the startline and any other boats you wish to include.

To start the animation press the clock face with the right hand arrow on the time slider at the top left of the screen above the time bar (see below). It can be hard to find. It is the rightmost of the 4 symbols at top left of the slider. On the image below it is half hidden behind the date - very annoying !

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Google Earth has some other neat analysis tools. The best for me is the speed analysis tool. The tool is a little hard to find. Using the menus go to Edit the Show Elevation Profile and press the Blue Speed button. Using the cursor, you can see you speed throughout the voyage, including how much speed over ground you have lost in the tacks and against the tide !

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To record your race to YouTube a few more steps are required:
- First you must make a Google Earth Tour. Position the map carefully to show your entire race. Press the Record a tour button (see below).

Google Earth Record a tour

The when you are ready Press Start Recording (a Red circle usually at the bottom left) and Press again to stop the recording. There is a lot more you can do here with clever camera angles to make the race seem exciting,...

google earth record icon

- Now you are ready to make your Movie. From the menus select "Tools", then "Movie Maker", then select your saved Tour and your "save to.." filename. Hit "Create Movie", leaves the settings a defaults for now and hit "OK" .

- You can now upload to your favourite video site such as YouTube or Vimeo.

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