Layout View for Animations in ArcGIS Pro

08-18-2016 08:59 AM
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The new tools for animations for Pro are an improvement, but not enough to make dynamic infographics and animations that convey complex information. For example, my work trying to get animations involving time cannot show what time period each frame is showing, a legend, or any other meaningful information without some type of labeling hack. This makes the whole experience of trying to getting a useful animation out very difficult without some post processing in some other software package or using data driven pages to make a GIF/mp4 in some other software product. Using Layout view for animations is a key next step for enabling more use cases beyond fly throughs. 


Hi David, I am presently attending the ArcGIS Specialisation course, and almost through the GeoApp MOOC - mind blow and great challenge, akin to going down the proverbial rabbit hole (Alice(Louis) in Wonderland?). Exposure to GIS is a week course on ArcSWAT, where I discovered the power of ArcGIS, and the application to the work I am doing. 

In a nutshell, as an esoteric adventurer with a scientific background, my anecdotal experience as dairy farmer, biodynamic farming methods, beneficial microbe applications in agriculture (and human health), and now my business is about applying these Dynamic Technologies in projects in Southern Africa - see the story at .

The conservative scientific community here in RSA have a problem with digesting research on these topics in India and Japan; my goal is to provide the proof of concept using ArcGIS, GeoApp and record system input, throughput and output, especially soil organic carbon. Further, collaborations with colleagues on the commercialisation of a 'same-day' soil mineralisation analytical tool (cost effective and efficient), and a soil organic carbon (SOC) tool developed by another colleague, are progressing well. We use a Smart Phone data capture and reporting system (not mine), for small farmers, yet it lacks the deliverable I want - SOC and mineralisation recording and reporting.

The ultimate goal is the animation of the soil dynamics illustrating microflora and nutrient flux of the system, illustrating the change as a result of the practice, and for management purposes. We can measure all of this and download in 24 hours using the counter top technologies, creating jobs (extension) and truly sustainable rural development in Africa.

With my developing ArcGIS and GeoApp knowledge, I am excited about what can be achieved - however, this is the point reached where I need help in the development of the project plan, and then develop a truly innovative and revolutionary analytical tool.

Any GIS-geek interested to walk the walk? 


I just played around with Pro 2.2 and see that you can still only import animations in the map view and not through layouts. The ability to export in layout view would be a huge improvement to the animation side of Pro. In ArcMap, we use Time Slider to export videos and the Time Slide toolbar is accessible in both data view and layout view and the export option can export to video in either view. The ability to do the same would be required before we can fully port over to ArcGIS Pro without losing a key component of our workflow, because exporting animations in layout view means you can add so may other map elements like formatted legends, text and graphics to the export without any post-processing.


David Wasserman‌ It was just pointed out to me that the part about 

For example, my work trying to get animations involving time cannot show what time period each frame is showing

should be possible by adding dynamic overlay text.

Help is here:


Please allow exporting of animations from Layout view in ArcGIS Pro. I have a lot of graphic labels that are difficult to impossible to recreate as animation overlays or as Map Notes. I want more control over the appearance of map elements, labels, and symbology, which is easier to achieve in Layout view. Controlling these things for an animation export in Map view, especially at varying resolutions, seems like unnecessarily complicated guesswork. 

The following was added for clarity @KoryKramer :

I need this functionality for several reasons:
1) I have an inset map, scale bar, north arrow, and some labels as graphics in the Layout. If I want these in my animation I have to export the Layout to png (to maintain transparency), crop each element, and add them to the animation as overlays which is hacky, time-consuming, and difficult to place in the correct spot. 
2) I am exporting the animation at 4K resolution for a film, and to get labels and symbology to scale appropriately I have to use ridiculous font sizes, line widths, etc., constantly checking the preview frames to see if it looks good. For instance, a 3 pt line will have to be a 12 pt line just to be visible.
This is the Layout view:
Layout Cochise Small.jpg

Here is a version of this in Map view with animation overlays (scale bar, inset, end time of a layer I will animate based on time):
image (4).png

Here is a frame of the animation at 4K resolution using the map above without changing the font sizes and symbology to ridiculously large levels (also see how the overlays are now overlapping some of the symbology, which I'll have to fiddle with as well):
Map Cochise Animation Frame 4k 1948.jpg

HD1080 res:
Map Cochise Animation Frame 1080 1948.jpg

HD720 Res:
Map Cochise Animation Frame 720 1948.jpg

Status changed to: Needs Clarification

Hi @FourCornersMapping  I see that you kudo'd this idea yesterday 

Is this new idea different from that one? If so, can you please explain?

Thank you!


@KoryKramer  I'm happy to migrate my post to a comment to the previous idea you linked to. It's in the same vein of needing the functionality of exporting animation from Layout view, but there are a few more details, like how the symbology and label sizes change with the export resolution from Map view. Thank you!