Many recent improvements to the Street View Video Map make using the map even more enjoyable, useful and fast

Many recent improvements to the Street View Video Map make using the map even more enjoyable, useful and fast

7 December 2020 0 By tom

Users can now click on the enlarged video route lines and if the route supports it (most routes in Central London do not as they didn’t use the latest drawing methods) the video will forward and play at the correct place. An example is https://maps.video/FvJWgE-dJnQ

Click on video route lines to go to that point.
Click on video route lines to go to that point.

This is especially useful for long video routes such as driving videos, where before the user had to forward the YouTube video and try to get the marker to their desired position on the map through many tries. It is now as simple a clicking the video route line at the point they want to see. 

Parts where the video route is using estimated position, maybe because parts were cut out due to gps errors or the route was drawn manually, are now coloured in pink so that the viewer can now see which parts are using estimated position. 

A video route with estimated position in pink.
A video route with estimated position in pink.

When a user clicks on an estimate position part the marker may move to a slightly different point because this is estimated position not real position, but at least the user has an idea of why this is so if they look at the new map legend below the map. 

The map legend shows the different coloured markers and lines and what they mean. Red for current video, red and pink for current video: estimated time. Blue for other videos and green for your video. 

Map Legend, Filming Tips, Share with Friends and Why Use Maps.video for YouTube Videos
Map Legend, Filming Tips, Share with Friends and Why Use Maps.video for YouTube Videos

Other sections below the map now include a useful list of filming tips and a section on why people should you Maps.video for their YouTube videos.

The Share Streetview Video Permalink With Friends now has a copy to clip board button making it super quick and easy to copy the permalink.

The other main feature is marker clustering which you will see if you zoom all the way out or click the earth button bottom right of the map. All the markers on the map are now loaded at once when the map loads and are put into clusters. It is now much quicker to click on clusters and markers and get to street level to view the videos. 

Maps.video marker clustering when viewing the globe.
Maps.video marker clustering when viewing the globe.

When manually drawing a video route, it is now possible to add time checks so that the video is better synchronised with the map. The time will display against a dot when drawing and during playback the time checks will be represented by small red dots against the pink line showing the selected video, as shown in the map legend. 

Manually drawing a video route and syncing the times.
Manually drawing a video route and syncing the times.

Other improvements include removing the Tracker App e.g., Komoot checkbox next to the add .gpx option. This option is no longer necessary as an algorithm is used instead of choosing to manually check this option. 

All these new improvements and features make using the video map a much more fast, fun and powerful experience for the end user. I hope you enjoy these enhancements and find the map useful. Please add a comment if there is anything you would like to ask or say. 

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