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I'm looking for a tool or a workflow to compute satellite image footprints, for a large number of images across directories, and produce a shapefile. Ideal work flow would be:

  • fire up tool
  • point to a directory and provide file mask
  • the tool browses directory and sub-directories and compute footprints
  • the tool produces a shapefile with a polygon for each footprint and pre-selected attributes

It would preferably be Esri or ERDAS based, but not necessarily.

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For non-arc, you can use gdaltindex. You can definitely run this on a script to browse sub-directories. – maning Apr 28 '11 at 11:12
I agree with @maning - gdaltindex will do exactly what you're after. – om_henners Apr 28 '11 at 15:09
up vote 6 down vote accepted

In arcgis10 when you add images to a raster mosaic dataset there are options to create footprints and metadata.

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+1 My thoughts exactly. Last step is to export the Footprints table of the Mosaic Dataset. – James Schek Apr 28 '11 at 15:25

How about this Creating Raster Index for ArcGIS ?

Here is the link you can go and see if this is what you need or not...

I tried this and works very well..but I am not sure if this is what you need.

Take care.

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Unfortunately this program does not generate the exact footprints where valid data are, but rather bounding boxes. – GuillaumeC Apr 29 '11 at 6:37

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