I want to turn a set of high-resolution satellite images of the Earth (10,000x10,000 pixels) into a time-lapse video. But instead of downsizing the images, I would like that people could zoom into specific areas of the video in real-time, and pan through it.

Is that possible?

Is there any web player with such feature?

I've seen videos of cameras that film in all directions and as the video plays you can choose in which direction to look. How is that technique called? Something similar would be extraordinary.

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    When it's done with still images it's called gigapixel images. The technique of filming in all directions is called different things, depending on the viewer - if it's a headset it's VR, clicking and dragging on the video is usually called 360 video. I haven't seen anyone combining the two, but I bet there's a startup somewhere doing it right now.
    – stib
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 6:37
  • Sounds like you just want a 360° style picture
    – TravisO
    Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 17:09
  • @TravisO Yes, but on a video, not a still picture. Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 19:35
  • Ok so how is this not a 360° videos like what YouTube allows? Is this just a "I want 360 just like YT but higher res?"
    – TravisO
    Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 12:55
  • @TravisO No, to start is not 360, it is just a zoomable video. Like when you zoom in a map, but this would be an animated map made out of thousands of sat images. Commented Sep 11, 2019 at 15:52

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With current technology no, you "can not"; and with more powerful technology it is a waste of resources.

You do not need to stream a gigapixel video, you need to stream a video, receive the new "interest" zone, process the coordinates and display a new version of the video. Even arrange different chunks of different videos.

This is what google maps, bing maps or other applications do. They do not send you all the photos of the planet, just the ones you need.

  • I agree with no-optimal usage of resources, but then how would he convert a maps-like image representation into a video? Maybe it is not a video but a zoom-able map first. Then he can have another slider (like Apple Time Machine) to go through time. And yes, he can then make the time slider to move through automatically at a fixed rate to give effect of a video.
    – Macindows
    Commented Feb 11, 2020 at 10:19

You may want to look into Prezi.

I think it might be the right tool for the job, as it allows for a nearly infinite canvas and has a user interface that allows for users to navigate around the canvas to view different media, video, photos, etc.

I'm not familiar enough with Prezi to give advice on a specific workflow. But it's the program I'd look at first.

A second option, would be to build it in Flash.

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