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Export an animation

Once you've created your animation, you can export it to a video or folder of frames using draft, preset, or custom settings. The draft option quickly exports your animation to an AVI movie for previewing and sharing before you create a final version. The preset options configure your export to commonly requested formats including YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Instagram, HD720, HD1080, and GIF. At any time, you can manually set the format, resolution, frames per second, and quality of the video export and, optionally, save it as a custom preset in your project.

Export your animation

  1. On the Animation tab, in the Export group, click Export Movie Export Movie.

    The Export Movie pane appears.

  2. Choose a preset option from the Media Export Presets group by clicking the thumbnail.
  3. Set the location and file name for your media product.
  4. Optionally expand File Export Settings to review the output format.
  5. Optionally expand Advanced Media Export Settings to review the output resolution and quality.

    Note that the project's display options, such as antialiasing and rendering quality, control the quality at which the map features will draw and export.

  6. Click Export at the bottom of the Export Movie pane.

    You can click Stop to cancel the process. Existing frames are not deleted.

  7. Browse to the output location to view your new media.

Media export preset options

In the Media Export Presets group, in the Export Movie pane, there are thumbnails that represent the available presets. These presets represent common video export configurations to help you create well configured output. The Draft preset quickly exports a movie that is intended as a preview of your final product so you can review and share with others for comments.

The other presets available in this group are configured for YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Instagram, HD720, HD1080, and GIF. Although these video hosting sites can accept a variety of configurations, the presets will ensure your video meets their preferred settings.

You can also define custom export settings including the format, resolution, and quality of the output. To save your custom setting as a preset, click the Save Preset button, and a new item will appear in the Media Export Presets group. To rename or remove a custom preset, right-click its thumbnail and choose Rename or Delete, respectively.

File export settings

In the File Export Settings group, you can specify your animation's media export format. The supported formats are as follows:

  • AVI movie (.avi)
  • MPEG4 movie (.mp4)
  • GIF movie (.gif)
  • JPEG image seq (.jpg)
  • TIFF image seq (.tif)
  • PNG image seq (.png)
  • BMP image seq (.bmp)

Video formats are useful for sharing content immediately, while the per-frame image formats are useful for post production work with other video editing packages.

Advanced media export settings

In the Advanced Media Export Settings group, you can configure the resolution and quality of your animation. The export resolution indicates how many pixels will be captured in each output frame; often the playback viewer—a web page, a phone, or a television monitor—will dictate these values. The slider bar under Quality adjusts the level of image compression applied and equates to smaller or larger file sizes. Moving the slider toward Large file reduces the possibility of pixelation but can take a longer amount of time to finish.


The maximum resolution for exporting an animation varies based on your hardware and the output format. As a general rule, videos will reliably export (with a standard aspect ratio of 16:9, 4:3, or 5:4) at resolutions of 1920x1440 or below, and individual image frames will export (with any aspect ratio) at resolutions of 4000x4000 or below. Your hardware may support much higher resolutions.

Exporting more than one movie at a time

Exporting multiple movies (batch export) in one session from your project is beneficial so you can continue working while the export is processing. You can make a duplicate copy of your map to continue editing and monitor or cancel the media exporting. You can also export to a variety of output formats at one time.

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