Google Earth allows you to view an Earth globe and then zoom in to a point on Earth (or zoom out/move around Earth). But it’s not designed for video, and even if you use screen (video) capture software to record a tour in that software as far as I know it doesn’t have the rights to be able to be used commercially. And you need to have the copyright info showing if it’s used I think.
There’s Google Earth studio that’s more designed for video but that’s also not designed to be used commercially and not really released properly.
There’s Marble (virtual globe) software that’s based on more public domain stuff but that also shows copyright info on screen (plus the video option doesn’t work for me).
Is there any software available similar to this Google Earth type software but that is more suitable for video work (or effects) - for commercial use (not just personal use). Such as zooming from showing the Earth to near street level then transitioning to footage from a drone (maybe even for drone footage that doesn’t start with it facing downwards)? Would actionvfx be able to produce software like this (even if a quite basic version of it)?
I know 3d software with a model/sphere of Earth could be used with a high res texture but I don’t think that would be enough really either.
I did create version with stock footage of the earth (that zooms a bit) and then used a satellite image to zoom further but it wasn’t exactly what was wanted (plus it doesn’t zoom to street level/match the drone footage start closely).
My idea was, maybe there could be something like Google Earth (studio) but combined with something a bit like the recent Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020?). eg. the recent Microsoft Flight Simulator uses 3d models for buildings etc. and shows trees, runways etc. But the buildings are usually made with generic models. Maybe Google-Earth type software for video/film work could also be made with generic models and textures for things like buildings, trees, fields, lakes etc. but that you could edit somehow (eg. if you wanted it to zoom to a particular location you could edit things so things did look a bit more like the actual location). Plus (unlike Google Earth/Flight Simulator) it wouldn’t need to be rendered in real-time so could give higher quality results.
A version of this for video work could also be used to zoom to places that are fictional or historical or futuristic rather than having it always show as close as possible to how things actually are.
So is there something like this (for video work)? Could something like this be made quite easily? If this isn’t something actionvfx would do maybe they could create assets that could easily be used for something like this?