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I have over 1500 NITF files that I need to be able to modify the layer display and symbology of programmatically from within ArcMap. I need to set the properties outlined in red below:

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I've looked through the arcpy docs and it doesn't look like these properties are exposed - honestly, I didn't expect them to be. I have a feeling I can get to them through ArcObjects. Anyone had any experience/luck modifying these properties programmatically?

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I believe stretched raster symbology is rendered via RasterStretchColorRampRenderer, so interfaces implemented by this class are a good start. The renderer is assigned to your raster layer through IRasterLayer.Renderer.

  1. Stretch type: IRasterStretch.StretchType
  2. High/low stretch values: IRasterStretchMinMax

Orthorectification is controlled by a different set of interfaces, pertaining to the raster data source itself. IRaster2.GeodataXform can point to a geodata transformation class implementing ISensorXform which contains the orthorectification properties you see in the layer's property page.

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If you need to apply the same symbology to every image, you can setup one layer with the appropriate symbology, save it to a layer file, and then invoke the arcpy.ApplySymbologyFromLayer_management to apply the symbology.

However, if you are really trying to deal with 1500 NITF files, you may consider using a Mosaic Dataset. You can apply an appropriate "stretch" to each NITF in the Mosaic Dataset and apply ortho rectification across all the images.

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Nice James, that gets me about halfway there and changes the Symbology...but what about the Display properties...looking now to see if arcpy lets me get to those, and I will also investigate the Mosaic Dataset. Thanks! – Chad Cooper Apr 21 '11 at 17:47
The Mosaic Dataset is designed to apply ortho rectification (i.e. the display properties) en masse. At ArcGIS 10.1, you will be able to apply an ortho-on-the-fly raster function using a GP tool. I don't know of anything for 10.0 off the top of my head. – James Schek Apr 25 '11 at 16:07

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