WATCH: Tour the world with this Google Maps hyperlapse video

From Paris to Greenland in an incredible 3,305 screenshots

WATCH: Tour the world with this Google Maps hyperlapse video

Image: shrimpo1967 (originally posted to Flickr as Bhutan Card 02 085) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

You can now tour the world from the comfort of your own home, thanks to this mesmerising hyperlapse video of Earth, created by graphic design student Matteo Archondis 

Using only screenshots taken by Google Maps, the video takes you to landmarks all over the world—from a 360 degree spin around the Eiffel Tower to a birds eye view of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

In all, the hyperlapse contains more than 3,300 screenshots captured over the course of 2 days, and edited together in a post-processing workflow that took another week after that.

Now 12 years old, Google Maps has been collecting and publishing images that allow us to explore the surface of the Earth with ease.

Matteo said that the most challenging part of making the video was smoothing out the thousands of screenshots to make it feel like a natural progression.

“This part was tough,” he told PetaPixl. “Especially finding tracking points in clips that are really moving fast and have no reference points.”

Image credit: Matteo Archondis, Petapixl

Matteo's inspiration behind the project was "to show the potential tools we have to discover the world around us, even if we can’t afford to travel to places far away from home."

“Also, I always wanted to create something new and experiment with Google Maps and the street view system, for me one of the best inventions to let us discover and see places from our computer without needing to leave home."