I was really interested to notice that my city appears to have gotten the 3D Buildings treatment on Google Earth. I am trying to figure out how I might these 3D buildings to generate 'skylines' for a given street.
Speaking more abstractly, I think what I want is to generate/export a projection of an arbitrary subset (let's say: 150 > n > 1) of these 3D buildings onto an arbitrary 2D plane of my choosing. More specifically to the goal at hand, one of that 2D plane's dimensions would run normal to the earth's surface, from the surface to some arbitrary height, and the other dimension would run for some arbitrary length of street. (I guess I'll assume for the moment that the street is effectively straight.)
More practically speaking, I envision being able to (in the Google Earth app) place a near clipping plane (i.e. take out all the buildings/terrain/etc between the camera and this plane) and a far clipping plane (i.e. take out all the buildings/terrain/etc behind that plane to infinity), then position the camera and export what the camera sees (again, ideally in a variety of ways, like a standard raster of what I see in Google Earth, or an orthographic wireframe projection, or an orthographic hidden-line projection, or... etc.)
I see that it's possible to download single models, but it seems like it'd be a long haul to get from that to the desired goal, assuming for the moment I even knew what tool I'd use to do the clipping planes/camera/export once I got the models all downloaded. Anyone have any ideas on how I might go about this?