I have the following kml files, each with a different timestamp and png:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
 <kml xmlns="http://www.opengis.net/kml/2.2"
 <name>gx:LatLonQuad Example</name>
-71.007186998722,42.2869344810739 -70.9807964189347,42.360133347777 -71.1410513483055,42.3916360561188 -71.1680083772048,42.3178859041619

What I'm trying to do is to animate the sequence of png overlays, but I can't figure out how. I can view all of the kml files in google earth, and click through them manually, but I was wondering if there was a neater way of animating this, instead of ticking them on and off.

I have tried manually adding timestamps, and time intervals in google-earth, and am still failing to automatically animate overlays, so I would appreciate any advice on how to do this too.



I think the problem is your time span. Its supposed to be in the format YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:sszzzzzz (see KML Ref)

"1944-06-06T06:2010-10-26T06:30:08 "

is wrong in the "mm" part. Also, if you're trying to animate a set of time periods rather than points, you need timestamp rather than span.

Time should be before and after according to the documentation although I'm not sure if that actually matters in KML?

Final point: png makes the output KMZ large (or takes longer to download if you leave them out there on the web), best to convert to jpg if an image or gif if a simple cartoon/icon.

  • 1
    Oops, forgot to comment out tags - should read "Time should be before the Icon tag and after the name tag...". Why can't I see an edit post link?
    – Trevesy
    Oct 28 '10 at 8:11
  • I haven't worked animating images (only placemarks), but he should still be able to still use time span. I think it is actually easier if you want to make an animation because you can make an new image appear right as the past image ends (at least easier than messing with the animation toolbar).
    – Andy W
    Oct 28 '10 at 12:01
  • You're quite right Andy, you can use time stamps or spans with any Google Earth element and with images it's particularly useful to use spans, badly worded on my part.
    – Trevesy
    Nov 2 '10 at 16:24

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