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Full Motion Video (FMV) in ArcGIS Pro provides the capability to work with video data using a video viewing and analysis system called the video player. With the video player, you can visually analyze video data imagery and collect features of interest. It works with video data that includes essential geopositional, sensor, and platform orientation information encoded into the video data stream that enables you to know where the video image is placed on a map. This unique capability gives the video important geographic context as you view and analyze the data.
The video player experience is similar to the ArcGIS Pro map viewer and can be moved anywhere on your display, resized, minimized, and closed.
FMV and the video player
The characteristics of FMV-compliant video data and ArcGIS Pro determine the form and functionality of the FMV player. These characteristics, and how they affect the FMV player, are outlined below:
- The FMV-compliant video data contains camera-pointing information, platform position and attitude, and other data that is encoded into the video stream so that each video frame is associated with geopositional information.
- The video player is linked to the map display, enabling the following:
- Display the video footprint, sensor location, and field of view on the map.
- Update the map to zoom to the video frame, or follow videos across the map.
- The video player display and map display are linked with a bidirectional image and map coordinate transformation. Thus, any information collected in the video player is projected and displayed on the map, together with your existing GIS data.
- Any number of videos can be opened and played at the same time. Each video, and its associated graphical information, is identified by a unique color when displayed on the map.
- Work with live streams and archived videos.
- Use intuitive digital video recorder (DVR) controls, image and video clip capture, and analysis tools.
- Display metadata in real time as the video plays.
- Create and manage bookmarks.
- Mark locations and phenomena of interest.
Control playing of the video in the video player
Thirteen video formats are supported in FMV.
MPEG-2 Transport Stream
MPEG-2 Program Stream
H264 Video File
VLC Media File (mpeg4)
VLC Media File (vob)
To play an archived video file, browse to the video file and add it to the Contents pane or the display. The video player will open with the video file loaded and will be docked below the map. The video player can be moved and placed anywhere on your display. It can be resized by grabbing and moving a corner or edge of the player.
Choose a color to identify the video file and associated graphics—such as video footprint—on the map, and feature class data you want to collect on the video.
Plays the video according to the frames per second rate of the video.
When the video is zoomed and playing, the video is played at the selected zoom level and position within the video frame.
After clicking Play, the control changes to the Pause control while the video plays.
Pauses the video.
The paused video is at the selected zoom level and position within the video frame.
After clicking Pause, the control changes to the Play control while the video is paused.
Steps the video forward by a number of seconds defined in the FMV toolbar.
Steps the video backward by a number of seconds defined in the FMV toolbar.
Fast-forwards the video based on the playback rate of the video player.
The speed increments by a whole number each time Fast Forward is clicked.
Playback speed is reset to 1x when the player is paused or stopped.
Rewinds the video based on the playback rate of the video player.
The speed increments by a whole number each time Rewind is clicked.
Playback speed is reset to 1x when the player is paused or stopped.
Jump to End
Jumps to the end of the video.
Jump to Start
Jumps to the beginning of the video.
Video playback slider handle
The video playback slider handle indicates the relative location within the video timeline being displayed in the video player.
- The video playback slider handle can be grabbed with a left click and moved along the playback slider.
- The location within the video is indicated in both the coordinated universal time (UTC) time stamp on the lower left of the DVR controls and, above it, the time stamp of the video frame within the video file.
- The map coordinate of the video frame is indicated on the lower right of the DVR controls.
Adjust the playback rate
You can adjust the playback rate of the video with the Fast Forward and Rewind DVR controls.
- The playback rate is indicated to the right of the DVR controls.
- The playback rate reflects whole numbers.
- Click the Pause button to stop the video. The playback rate is reset to 1x.
You can adjust the playback rate with the fine-tune slider.
- The playback fine-tune slider allows fine-grained control over playback speed.
- The playback rate is a fractional number based on the slider position. The resolution is .01 second.
- The playback speed ranges from 0.01x to 3x play speed. This means that you can play a video in slow motion when playing at speeds less than 1x.
- The tick in the middle of the control is 1x speed, or normal playback speed.
- The slow motion playback rate is reset to 1x whenever any of the time slider or standard DVR controls are used.
Video frame information
Information about each video frame is displayed in the video player in real time as the archived video is played.
Time stamp display of the current video frame
The UTC UNIX time stamp in human-readable format is displayed as the video plays. This time stamp reflects the position of the video slider along the video file timeline.
Video play time display
The time stamp of the video position slider handle along the video file timeline is displayed in the video player. The format is days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
Frame center coordinate display
The longitude and latitude coordinates (WGS84) of the center of the video frame are displayed as the video plays.
Video player tools
In addition to the DVR controls, important and useful FMV functionality is accessed from tools on the video player. These tools support common video analysis and management operations and workflows.
The following table lists the tools on the video player.
Zoom to Video
Zoom to the map location of the video. The view within the map display includes the video frame, as well as the ground track of the imaging platform.
Zoom to the Video Frame
Zoom to the map location of the video’s current frame.
Start Following Video
Continuously center the map display on the video frame and ground track of the sensor as it plays. The map display will pan as the video reaches the edge of the display.
Stop Following Video
Turn off video following mode.
Collect a new bookmark. A dialog box opens and allows you to enter a bookmark name and description.
Export the video frame as a new image
Capture a video frame as an image each time the button is clicked. The image is saved in JPG format in a default directory.
Export a Video Clip
Export a segment of the video to the directory of choice. See details below.
Add points in the video player display or on the map. The points will be displayed in both the player and the map, and will be displayed in the color identifying the video.
Remove all graphics
Remove marks from the video and the map.
Save marks to a point feature class. A dialog box opens and allows you to browse to and select the geodatabase, and name the feature class file.
Export a video clip
Interactively define the start and end of the segment of the video you want to clip and export.
- Click the handle that is at the beginning of the time slider and move it to the point in the video when you want to begin the export.
- Click the handle at the end of the time slider and move it where you want to end the clip.
- See the video playback during manual adjustment of each handle.
- The time stamp indicates the position within the video of the beginning or end clip handle on the slider.
- To return the handles to their original position, double-click one of the handles. Alternatively, you can drag both handles to the beginning and end of the original video.
- Click the Export Video Clip tool. A file navigation dialog box opens for you to specify the directory and file name. Choose any of 12 supported video file types. The portion of the video between the two handles will be saved.
Zoom and pan the video
You can zoom and pan the video while it is playing:
- While the video player is active and the pointer is located in the player, use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out of the video.
- When zoomed, the pointer changes from the default arrow to a hand. In the video player, click to grab the view and pan around in the video frame.
- When the video is zoomed, an outline of the video frame is displayed in the upper left corner of the player. Within the video frame outline is a graphic that represents the size and position of your zoomed view.
- Zoom and pan mode works when the video is playing in any mode, or paused.
- The size and position of the zoomed view persists as the video plays.