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record animations, play back within a scene or export to file

04-22-2017 06:50 AM
Status: Closed
by Anonymous User
Not applicable

One major thing I believe Google Earth Pro has over the ESRI lineup of products is the capability to record a map tour, navigation or user movement and play it back or export to a separate .mov or .avi file, or sequence of animation frames. This all can be done on their software (Google Earth Pro) for FREE. It does have some faults, but for a free option it is quite capable beyond what anyone else has done with map software or GIS platforms.

For the cost of what ESRI provides, why not expand on this capability? I am aware of the existing animation tools within ArcGIS Pro desktop, and it is very basic.

Please explore the tools and abilities within Google Earth Pro for recording animated tours (PLUS integration with 3D Connexion mouse hardware) for fluid, smooth, "organic" motion and enable us to record it. Once a tour is recorded, adding sound would also be a nice touch. Playback within a scene and uploading the package to AGOL would be even nicer without having to save out a video file separately. (again, Google KML format can do this all within GEP. Tours can be shared with others without rendering a large animation file or video).


Please provide more specific detail about the functionality that you would like to see in ArcGIS Pro animations.  Unfortunately a general statement asking to compare functionality to another software and just make it like that is less actionable than clearly stating specific functionality that would be helpful to you.

For example, the part in the description about "uploading the package to AGOL would be even nicer without having to save out a video file separately" is an easily understandable, specific idea.  

I'd also suggest keeping ideas distinct.  When 2 or more distinct functionalities are listed in a single idea, how do we know what the community is voting for?  Are people up voting the idea because they want to see one thing from a long list?  It is impossible to know, and in the end, makes the idea less actionable. 

I hope that this guidance is helpful.  We want to be able to understand customers' needs and we want those needs to be actionable.  Thank you!

Status changed to: Closed