FAQ

What is a video map?

A video map is a website with a map and video player such as YouTube where the video player and map are connected so that video routes can be rendered on the map and a marker shows the video’s current geographical position.

There are not many video maps in existence. Notable examples include https://www.mapchannels.com/VideoMaps.aspx and https://videomapia.org and probably the most sophisticated, https://maps.video.

What video equipment is needed to contribute to the street view video map?

A video camera or mobile phone with stabiliser is needed to record video for the website so that video footage is shake free and stable. This is because the camera is travelling along and without suitable stabilisation the video will be very shaky and not pleasant to watch. Optical image stabilisation alone found in mobile phones will not be enough to record decent footage. Suitable video cameras include GoPro Hero and Max/Fusion series, DJI Pocket series and DJI Osmo stabiliser for mobile phones.

Although not required, a decent audio recorder, microphone such as Zoom H1n and wind shield will improve the quality of the audio recorded and shield the audio from wind noise.

Can 360 Degree, 3D video be used with the street view video map?

Yes it can! 3D video works wth YouTube, although less well when viewed on mobile devices. It is recommend to view 3D video on desktop for the full experience. The video can be dragged around to view the whole scene.

How do I find my location on the map?

Just press the geolocate button on the right of the map. You may need to click the map to hide the video to see it. It has a dot with a crosshair. Your location is not uploaded or recorded and is done purely within the browser. Follow the prompt in the browser. The map should centre on your approximate location.

How do I view the whole map?

Just click the earth button on the lower right and the map will zoom out and load all the locations where there is a video. Click a pin and the map will zoom in. Keep clicking a pin until the video loads. This is a quick and easy option to move around the world.

I want to share a video route onto social media/email, how do I do it?

Find the video you want to share and either click the share button below right of the video or scroll down until you see the Share Street View Permalink with Friends option. Click the clipboard icon to quickly copy the permalink to your device’s clipboard. You can then paste it in a social post, message or email. Alternatively click a social network or email button below the permalink and follow the instructions to share the permalink. when a user clicks the permalink the map will load and show that video.

How do I add a video route to the map?

Click the Add Video Route button at the bottom left of the screen. You will have three options to choose from. Click the GoPro option if the video was taken with a GoPro and select all the .LRV or .MP4 files that represent your video. Alternatively do the same if you have .gpx files. If you don’t have these files, for example if your video is indoors you can choose to draw the route by hand.

Whichever option you choose, you will need to have the video published on YouTube and you will need to copy the share url and paste it in the input before you can submit the route.

What data is uploaded with the GoPro .LRV and .MP4 import option?

Only the latitude/longitude coordinates and the associated timestamps are extracted from the GoPro, uploaded and stored in our database when you click submit. No other data is extracted such as serial number etc. The extraction is done purely in the browser. Only when you click submit will the final latitude/longitude, timestamps, share url and description be uploaded and stored in our database.

What data is uploaded with the .gpx import option?

Only the latitude/longitude coordinates and the associated timestamps are extracted from the .gpx, uploaded and stored in our database when you click submit. No other data is extracted. The extraction is done purely in the browser. Only when you click submit will the final latitude/longitude, timestamps, share url and description be uploaded and stored in our database.

What is a suitable video for this website?

A continuous take video is best where the camera is moving along without location changes or cuts. Suitable videos include walking videos, cycling videos, driving videos, water sports videos, flying videos or real estate videos. Try to avoid long intros where the camera is not moving. The video must match the route drawn on the map otherwise the map will not be in sync with the video. You also need to comply with the terms of service when submitting a video.

Who owns the copyright to the video and route?

You retain all copyright to the route itself. YouTube has its own rules regarding the video as all the videos are hosted on YouTube. When you add a video route to the map you allow us permission to display this route and video on the map indefinitely until such time as you may decide to remove it.

How do I delete a video route I added to the map?

Find the video you want to delete and if you are logged in with the correct account, three vertical dots will show below right the video. Click this button and choose ok. The video route will be permanently deleted but the video will remain on YouTube. This can not be undone as all the data is permanently erased.

How do I share my feedback about the website?

Just click the red feedback box on the left of the screen. You can rate your experience by clicking a smiley and then type any feedback. Alternatively you can send us an email at hello@maps.video.

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