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The exporting process has finished and an avi file was created. When I try playing it, it raises an error in WMP as well as VLC. VLC gives me some information: "audio or video format not supported "undf"

I am exporting with no compression to avi.

Oh yeah, and unfortunately there is no way to fix this....

Any ideas?

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AVI is a container format - but VLC will play all MP4 containers - – Mapperz Oct 24 '11 at 17:00
Unfortunately, AVI is the only export option out of ArcGlobe. That and sequential images. – Jakub Oct 24 '11 at 17:36
I wonder if the file size might be affecting this. Could you try exporting a shorter section and seeing if this worked? – djq Oct 24 '11 at 18:15
Is this problem occurring on the same computer that you used to export the AVI from ArcGlobe? – user3461 Oct 24 '11 at 18:29
I tried exporting several clips of varying lengths and using a different codec and the outcome is always the same. @Kevin - yes, I play this on the same computer. – Jakub Oct 24 '11 at 19:11
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I was able to use the Full Frames (Uncompressed) option to export a short test clip to AVI. It played fine in Windows Media Player, and VLC played it but with some strange distortion. There might be something funny with your setup that's not really within the scope of this site to troubleshoot, but as a starting point use MediaInfo to determine what codec the AVI file contains, and GraphEdit to figure out what decoding path your system is attempting to use to play it.

Also you could try using x264vfw as your codec, which VLC will definitely play and it will perform/compress much better than the default installed compressors.

Here are the x264 settings that worked well for playback in both VLC and WMP.

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I tried something simple as well. (Just used default layers and made a few keyframes) No Problems, video exports as expected. IN my actual project I have LiDAR surface, 5x vertical exaggerations and draped custom aerial imagery. I guess ArcGLobe chokes when I add real data to it. I tried cashing every layer before which took 2 days and then crashed when I tried to export the video. – Jakub Oct 24 '11 at 21:02
Ahh yeah, ArcGlobe is not very good when it comes to large amounts of data. What kind of framerate do you get when you run your animation without exporting it? You could try capturing your viewport using MSI Afterburner, FRAPS or other similar application. – blah238 Oct 24 '11 at 21:08
Sigh. That is not a good news. Thanks man. When I just play it the frame rate isn't good enough to capture the quality I need. – Jakub Oct 24 '11 at 21:11
Camtasia may also be a good choice for capturing the vid as it plays in Globe. – user3461 Oct 24 '11 at 21:15
Sounds like you need something more purpose-built. I'd be interesting in hearing with what you end up using. I'm sure there are LiDAR importers/plug-ins for the more popular 3D modeling packages out there like 3D Studio, Maya, etc. – blah238 Oct 24 '11 at 21:18

A couple of possibly relevant suggestions from this site.

  1. Keep the ArcGlobe window small. This will yield smaller dimensions and perhaps less detail in the exported AVI. However, it may reveal that the resultant AVI was too large (it was >4 GB) and/or complex.

  2. Produce a simple video with one or two simple layers and low quality. If the output works then gradually up the framerate, 3D marker details and layers.

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Thanks @Kevin. Take a look at my comment to blah238's answer. Simple video works fine but my project needs to include full resolution LiDAR surface and high resolution aerial imagery @ 5x vertical exaggeration. (So far there is nothing else besides these few layers and 3 labels) Animation plays fine in ArcGLobe and seems to be exporting without any errors, I just cannot play the final video from my actual project. Also, the final video needs to be very high quality. If ArcGlobe is choking this early into the project then it might not be the tool for the job. – Jakub Oct 24 '11 at 21:04
"If ArcGlobe is choking this early into the project then it might not be the tool for the job." I found the same thing when using Globe on a project a few years ago. The final vid was acceptable/good, but much less detailed than I originally imagined it would be. – user3461 Oct 24 '11 at 21:12
I've used google earth pro for high-definition video exports previously without problems. It's surprisingly quick to render the videos also. – djq Oct 24 '11 at 22:10
Can I load higher definition surface data into Google Earth Pro and drape my own aerial imagery? If so it would work because i work with Sketchup as well and the SketchUp Google Earth integration is quite seamless... – Jakub Oct 24 '11 at 23:25

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