Setting Raster pixel depth or type?

Discussion created by jboright on Mar 28, 2012
Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to set the pixel depth (or type) for the output from raster tools (such as resample, or poly-to-raster...)?
I'm working with global 30 arc second data, and when I run (python) scripts on my 64-bit machine, I end up with 64-bit rasters... which end up being over 5GB per raster. I see that I could use CopyRaster to change the pixel depth of an existing raster, but I'd like to avoid creating the huge raster in the first place. It seems like there should be an environment setting for this... but I can't seem to find it.

Any help would be appreciated.