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alec gitelmanPricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 9, 2008 at 12:26:16 am

Hi,

I'm producing a low budget commercial and I need to come up with a shot where we start in outer space, zoom in on earth, go in deeper and come to a place in NYC. It should look sort of like a Google Earth tour or a Discovery Channel zoom-in. I found some stock footage that could be used, but it doesn't quite hit the nail on the head.

I'm sure that I'll end up having to fake it and come up with some workaround, but what would I have to pay a 3D artist to create a shot like that? This does not have to be top quality work, just passable.

Thanks.




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Stan TimekRe: Pricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 9, 2008 at 1:11:32 am

Check out some of the 3D library houses (turbosquid.com comes to mind). Maybe you can find the pieces to do the animation and either do it yourself or hire an animator for less since you provided the majority of the assets.

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Mark RaudonisRe: Pricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 9, 2008 at 3:52:15 am

Google Earth does have a "pro" version that allows you to create an "output file" of all kinds of "fly ins" or point to point zooms.

Don't know what the pricing is, but it seems to me that's your benchmark. If I can buy it from google for $100 bucks, you better not be charging $500.\Mark






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walter biscardiRe: Pricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 9, 2008 at 3:55:44 am

Pro is about $400 for the year. We use it.

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alec gitelmanRe: Pricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 9, 2008 at 1:05:20 pm

but i thought images made by Google Earth are copyrighted material. can i use the movies created without paying Google for licensing and showing Google trademark? This seems to be telling me that i can't.

http://www.google.com/permissions/guidelines.html
http://earth.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=21449&topic=1141

Has anyone used Google Earth movies in their material?



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Mark SuszkoRe: Pricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 9, 2008 at 1:47:12 pm

If you spend a little time online, you can find free high-quality image maps from public domain sources like NASA and USGS. This effect is possible in AfterEffects or any compositor. So if you have a compositor, you could do this for "free", and whatever you bill is almost pure profit. It's not something exclusive to 3d cgi.


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jim WattRe: Pricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 9, 2008 at 6:12:52 pm

It's my understanding that in addition to the "Pro" license you must pay google a license fee of $250 and also have approved usage license from them and I believe I read that it couldn't be used for commercials and that you must under any circumstance have their logo on the shots.

jw


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Brendan CootsRe: Pricing for a Google Earth type effect
by on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:28:31 am

This is a job for a motion graphics artist, not a 3D artist. It should take them about one full day to do it, and, depending on what market you are in, should cost about $45/hr for the level of talent you would need to do this reasonably well.

The process involves creating a series of zoom-within-a-zoom type effects using After Effects and high resolution stills from NASA. Just for the record, everything from Google Earth is copyrighted, even with the Pro version:

"...you cannot sell these to others, provide them as part of a service, or use them in a commercial product such as a book or TV show without first getting a rights clearance from Google.

If you require these commercial rights, please visit Google's permissions guidelines. "



http://earth.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=21422

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