ArcGIS Pro: Lets be animated!

ArcGIS Pro is one of Esri’s new desktop mapping application. With ArcGIS Pro we have the ability to represent and display our spatial information in new and exciting ways. I thought I would spend a minute stepping you through animation in ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro’s animation toolset allows users to create visually exciting products, as the animation tools can be used in either a 2D map or 3D scene.

This blog will step through how to create animations for 2 scenarios. Scenario 1 is creating a fly through from one key feature to another and Scenario 2 will demonstrate how to use time enabled data to create an animation. Each scenario is has a supporting video to assist you with creating animations in ArcGIS Pro.

Scenario 1: Create a Fly Through

Task summary: I have two 3D models of Brisbane Landmarks and I want to create an animation that fly’s through both features.

1.First step is to enable animation tools. This is done by selecting Add, from the View Tab.


This will also open the Animation timeline pane for you to create your animation in.

2. To set-up your animation creating environment, it is best to ensure that you have the animation Path and Keyframes represented. Below is a screenshot illustrating where each of my Keyframes are and also the flight path for my animation.


3. To add new frames first select the Append tool If you want a ‘smooth’ transition between frames or do you want the animation to ‘hop’ between frames; Press the small arrow under append and select, line or hop for the keyframe transition. Then you can use the normal navigation tools such as scroll and zoom to navigate to your new location. Once the location is found, click Append. This will append the new map extent to the Keyframes Gallery.

4. You can continue this process, changing the transition tools for each new frame or until your animation is complete.


For the a video link on this workflow, please click here. For more information on fly thorugh animation options, please refer to Esri’s Online help resource.

Scenario 2: Using time enabled data to create an animation

Task summary: I have data of delivery address and dates of delivery. I want to create an animation that will illustrate he time and place that deliveries occurred.

1.Similarly to ArcMap, your layer needs to be Time-Enabled prior to generating a Time Animation. Once you have Time-Enabled your data you will have activated the Time

2. In the Time Tab, configure the Start Span and End time, along with Step intervals. Navigate to the Animation Tab and select Import and then Time Slider Options. A set of Keyframes will be added to the Keyframe Gallery based on your Time Slider options.


3. Once the time options are configured you can import these settings to the Animation Gallery by selecting Import and then Time slider Steps.


For the video link on this workflow, please click here. For more information on time animation please refer to Esri’s Online resource.

Modifying Playback options

To modify the Playback functions. Below is a list of Plackback functions:

  1. Keyframe list that enables you to interactively control transition and frame time.
  2. Current Time: Displays the current time of the animation
  3. Duration: Displays the length of the whole animation



Once you have completed your Animation, you can select Movie from the Animation Tab and then choose the location and format for your video. Videos saved to a variety of different formats based on your desired preference.

As we move towards more advanced spatial products, ArcGIS Pro is the application which allows users to create truly innovative maps. Animations can include 2D and 3D data and can be embedded into a Story Map,  ArcGIS Online presentation or created to promote your organisations work.  ArcGIS Pro is a great application for you to create interactive Spatial Information, with animation being one of the simplest tools you can use to enhance your geographic outputs.

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