Because ArcMap (10.3.1) only exports animations at a screenshot level (not high resolution, at all), I would like to export a high-res basemap as a standalone image. It would then be ideal to export just animated points with a transparent background over top of the static map. This is an issue because ArcMap to my knowledge does not support PNG in the "export animation as sequential images" window (only BMP and JPEG).

Am I missing something here? Or is there a workaround to allow transparency in a BMP format?

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With ArcMap, there is no way I know of to bump up the resolution. For "transparency" of background, you could make the background a bright color, and then in Photoshop, replace the color with transparency and export to PNG. That could be a lot of work depending on how many photos you have. There might be a way to automate that process in Photoshop, depending on how savvy you are with Photoshop.

That being said, with ArcGIS Pro, .PNG is an option in File Export Settings for animations. Is ArcGIS Pro an option? Check it out here:


  • ArcGIS Pro would be an option. Very good link too. Much appreciated.
    – Map Man
    Apr 29, 2016 at 15:54

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