Date Stamps for ArcScene

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12-11-2013 01:17 PM
PaulHuffman
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I was asked to find ways to present test well depth data, to help visualize the changes in water table over time.  I now have some pretty good looking time enabled maps in ArcScene 10.2 using a DEM, a hill shade. and extruding the well points with a (negative scaling constant * well depth).  I was thinking about trying a video capture of the time animation with the observer positioned below the ground surface,  but I haven't figured out how to show the current data frame time in a label in ArcScene like I have done in ArcMap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F4XFcJuGJ0

These guys (http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/78045-raster-catalogs-in-arcscene-and-setting-base-height)  seem to have done it in ArcScene but can't get the date stamps to work with ArcCatalog data.
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PaulHuffman
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ESRI support confirmed that this is a bug or omission in ArcScene and ArcGlobe.  http://support.esri.com/en/bugs/nimbus/TklNMDkyMTc5

However, there may be a way to add dates later to the animation with something like iMovie as in this Tracking Analyst presentation:  http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/55305-How-to-make-faded-trails-on-time-slider?p=195663#post195663

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdI5o_8b9RE
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PaulHuffman
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My latest idea on this is to download VLC media player and use VLC to video capture the whole ArcScene app running a time animation.  Then the current date is visible in ArcScene's time slider.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP3LAaMHUA4  This would work to get current date displayed in Tracking Analyst as well.  Takes the whole video capture process out of the hands of ESRI products.
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