Google recently made available Google TimeLapse: A video created from 32 years (1984 to 2016) worth of satellite imagery. Over 55 million satellite images are shown. Take a look yourself, the world is quickly changing. Using this amazing new engine I was able to make the video shown above. Here’s how I did it:
- I used Google Earth Engine to access TimeLapse where I could scout out locations that have quickly changed in the past 30 years. Google lists several locations they have found themselves. I did a search of recent dams built, lakes drying up, and expanding cities. Here’s the timelapse locations I came up with in order of the video:
- Cancún, Mexico
- Iquitos, Peru
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Northern Quebec and Labrador
- Chatham, Massachusetts
- Rainforest in Brazil
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Koshi River, Nepal
- Warnes, Bolivia
- Merowe Dam, Sudan
- Doha, Qatar
- Amwaj Islands, Bahrain
- Lake Poopó, Bolivia
- Shanghai, China
- Dalian, China
- Aral Sea
- I was able to capture several second clips of each location using a screen capture program. I used the free program Active Presenter.
- I imported these clips into Adobe Premiere Pro.
- I added text titles, and then a panning effect to each clip. Here’s a quick tutorial on Youtube on how to add pan to your video.
- The music titled ‘Piano Moment’ was added from BenSound.com
- I exported the video in HD (unfortunately the quality of the satellite images from Google Earth Engine isn’t great)…. and that’s it!
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