Hello, I just released a first beta version of an add-on for importing 3D models from Google Maps to Blender:
This goes with an article explaining the whole process: https://blog.exppad.com/article/importing-actual-3d-models-from-google-maps
Basically, the steps are:
- Capture a Google Maps from using RenderDoc
- Use the addon to import the capture using the aforementioned addon. This may take a couple of minutes for the heaviest captures (up to several hundreds of Mo).
A video shows all the steps: https://youtu.be/X6Q7dbtXVZQ
Feel free to share images if you use it!
It seems that RenderDoc cannot be injected into Chrome on some devices. Here is an empirical list, please share your GPU info when reporting whether it works or not. There are of course more cards reported not working because I guess when it works people don’t report, or less. ^^
If it does not work using Chrome, give a try to Vivaldi or Edge. It uses the same engine, but some users reported it to work where Chrome did not. You can also try with Chromium. Some people reported teh last versions of Chrome not to work, so try downloading an older version, for instance Chromium 61.0.
[edit from Dec 5th, 2020]
Sorry I haven’t replied here for a while. A few points:
Blender 2.91 is supported since yesterday’s release only (there has been a change in the API compared to previous versions of Blender)
Be really careful about the couple add-on version + RenderDoc version. In particular, do not use v1.11, use v1.10 only with 0.3.3 or newer.
Try sample captures from this new repo to check on your installation https://github.com/eliemichel/MapsModelsImporter-samples
If injection into Chrome is not working, try Microsoft Edge, using the same custom shortcut (Edge uses the same engine).
There are experimental attempts at loading other kind of maps as long as they contain 3D data like Seoul maps https://github.com/eliemichel/MapsModelsImporter/pull/92 Not merged so far because it requires to inject code into the browser, which is a bit of a convoluted workflow and I’m already having hard time keeping track of all issues on the “normal” workflow.