Travel the globe in this hyperlapse video constructed using over 3,000 Google Maps screenshots


posted Friday, February 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT


Who says you can’t make art using Google Maps images? Graphic design student Matteo Archondis has used over 3,300 screenshots from within Google Maps – which just turned 12 years old – to create a hyperlapse video showcasing cities and landmarks from all over the globe, including Venice, Paris, London and many more.

Capturing the screenshots took Archondis two days and the post-processing and editing took an additional week. To make the work easier, Archondis used the developer tools within Google Chrome to remove labels and user interface elements from Google Maps. One of the more challenging aspects of creating the final video was stabilizing the screenshots from frame to frame, which involved extensive use of tracking points in every frame. You can see behind-the-scenes screenshots here.

Sit back, plug in a pair of headphones and enjoy a trip around the world:

(Seen via PetaPixel)