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Animating layer properties

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Last modified January 13, 2009
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About animating layer properties

In ArcMap, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe, you can create an animation that changes layer properties such as transparency and visibility. The animation you create is contained within a map layer track, a layer track, and a globe layer track, respectively.
Reasons to create a layer track:

There are several ways to create the layer track in each application. Keyframes can be created using the Create Keyframes dialog box. A layer can be moved along a path in ArcScene, or a group animation can be created.

Layer properties that can be animated

How to animate layer properties

Step 1: Create the layer track


  • To remove animation tracks that you have created, click the Animation drop-down arrow on the Animation toolbar and click Clear Animation. All animation tracks are removed.
  • If you want to animate a layer through time and you have a field in the attribute table of your layer with time values, you can create a time layer track instead of creating a group animation.
  • Learn more about animating data through time
  • Save animations to animation files often since there is no undo capability in the Animation Manager.

Step 2: Play the animation


  • Any feature selections set will be retained during the playing of the animation.
  • By default, after playing or previewing an animation containing a layer track, the layer properties will be restored to their state before the animation was played. If you don't want to restore the state of the layer properties after the animation is played or previewed, uncheck Restore state on the Animation Controls dialog box or Restore state after preview on the Time View tab of the Animation Manager.

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