Fort Collins, Colo.-based Remote GeoSystems Inc., a geospatial software and hardware company, has released its LineVision Google Earth Extension, software for aerial projects – including from drones – requiring georeferenced video playback, analysis, collaboration and reporting.
Unlike its stand-alone predecessor, the new LineVision Google Earth gives users the full functionality of Google Earth, including the Pro edition. According to the company, users with a GPS-enabled video camera – e.g., on an unmanned aerial vehicle – can load their video and photos into Google Earth (along with compatible KML and other traditional geospatial data).
As the video plays, a position marker moves along an aerial or terrestrial GPS track positioned three-dimensionally in Google Earth; it continuously indicates where the frames were recorded. Users may also geospatially navigate a video recording by simply clicking a single point along an aerial or terrestrial GPS track, the company explains.
The video then automatically advances to that point in the recording so that users can visually interpret what was recorded at that specific place and time. If something of interest is detected in the video, users may also snap a still image from the video; this is then geotagged and saved for future analysis. In addition to video, users can import oblique photos and KML data from survey and inspection projects.
The LineVision Google Earth Extension is compatible with properly formatted georeferenced video files from a variety of video cameras, drones and specialized mobile geospatial DVRs, says Remote GeoSystems.