Watch YouTube Videos in Google Earth

October 11, 2007

Virtual explorers can now discover and watch YouTube ( videos while they traverse the globe. Starting today, a YouTube layer will be available in the Featured Content folder of Google Earth (

The new layer enables users to zoom in on any location on the planet and view YouTube videos related to that place. For example, a trip to Maui offers videos of surfing, snorkeling and exotic sea life, while users who fly to Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France, can watch breathtaking videos filmed at the highest points of the Alps.

The integration of YouTube functionality into Google Earth offers a new way to experience destinations as seen through the eyes of YouTube users who have visited them, enabling people to watch, hear and feel what’s happening in locations theythank may never have otherwise visited. For instance, armchair tourists to Rome can now watch YouTube videos filmed at the Colosseum, providing a holistic experience and adding a new perspective for users who enjoy looking at the Colosseum and other noteworthy locations from above through satellite imagery, as 3D buildings created with SketchUp, and in user-contributed photos uploaded to Panoramio.

Here’s How It Works:

Users should download the newest Google Earth client, if they have not yet done so. Once in Google Earth they should open the "Featured Content" folder on the left hand side of the screen and click "YouTube." Once clicked, icons of the YouTube logo will be visible on the globe. Users can either fly from place to place, exploring videos as they go, or they can search for a particular location and view the videos available there. Users simply mouse over the icon to read the title of the video, and clicking on the icon will open a pop-up bubble. Windows users can watch the video directly in the pop-up bubble; Mac and Linux users should click the link in the bubble to watch the video in their browser. To learn more about the YouTube user who uploaded the video or to view more of their content, users should click on the username.

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