Rendering

Earth Studio offers two different methods to get imagery out of the browser: snapshot for still images, and render for animations.

Single Frame Snapshots

The snapshot button is the fastest way to export still images from Earth Studio. When you take a snapshot, your current view is immediately rendered and downloaded as a .jpg file at the resolution specified in the project settings.

Rendering Image Sequences

For animations, Earth Studio offers a robust client-side renderer. To access render setup, click the render button.

Setting Up

On the left is a preview of your final output, restricted to the frame range of your work area. This is a low-fidelity preview—use it as a rough guideline to double-check that everything in your animation is cropped and moving as expected.

On the right are the render settings, which are covered in depth below. Once you're ready to render, type in your file name and hit start.

Rendering

To render, Earth Studio steps through each frame of the animation and saves it to your local file system. If the render crashes or is abandoned, you can recover your progress the next time you open Earth Studio. Note that render speed is highly dependent on your internet connection. The faster your internet, the faster your animation will render.

Once all frames are rendered, the image sequence is compiled into a zip and downloaded to Chrome's user-specified download directory. If you've never turned an image sequence into a video, try Adobe Media Encoder or Adobe After Effects.

The entire render process happens in your browser. This means rendering won't work if you quit out of Chrome. To avoid potential rendering problems, Earth Studio must be the focused tab in your Chrome window. If you want to browse the web while rendering, open a new window.

Render Settings

Basic Settings

Frames

The frame range of the project to render. By default, this matches your project's work area.

Dimensions

Change the output dimensions of your render. Aspect ratio is maintained by default, but can be unlinked and adjusted. The preview will update dynamically to reflect the new dimensions.

Unlinking the dimensions will result in a totally different crop of your animation. Things might enter the frame that weren't in-frame before, and vice-versa. Resize with caution.

Attribution Settings

Controls where and how attribution displays on your rendered frames. Read more about our attribution requirements.

Advanced

Export Options

Select elements to export in addition to the rendered footage. Currently supports 3D Camera Export via the Include 3D Tracking Data option.

Texture Quality

Adjusts the texture and mesh fidelity of your rendered output. Keep this at "High" to ensure you're getting the best possible data.

Be aware that because the "High" quality setting loads the highest possible texture quality at a given location, tiling issues can be revealed when rendering. Try changing the render quality to "Normal" or even "Low" in these situations.

Tiling in High Quality vs. Normal Quality

The "High" quality render reveals tiling issues in remote Africa, which aren't visible at "Normal" quality