Animated in 3dsMax, post processing in Photoshop, textures courtesy NASA Visible Earth. Music by Kevin Mcleod.
Created as part of a test HD 1080p project, basically this was just a technical exercise to see if i can create and manage larger files for HD output.
Compressed down from 11.5GB (4,500 Frames) to roughly 150MB, so a HUGE amount of actual detail is unfortunatley lost, though i may still eventually share the original 1080p at some point in the future.
Anyway, I had great fun making this, I hope you enjoy the show.
I was really hoping the camera would go down through the clouds slowly and show the grandure of the earth from up high, but that would be a much different project!
I think your bump maps look a little harsh on the stills.
But otherwise fantastic
Next step for you is to show us the entire solar system in full hd !^^
A few notes: the colors (especially the green) was too bright, it didn't feel natural, and you might want to make the cloud bump weaker...
I hope you don't take these notes as negative critic, because your work is magnificent.
I suppose a way around it is to create the HD version in lossless quality, and then just store a master copy on a DVD or pen drive.
If you use the H.264 codec at 90% you keep a lot of the quality.
Then to distribute it just provide a download link with and streaming videos you submit to the web.