I am wanting to come up with a way to speed up my Imagery Index layer. To give you an overview I have about 500 imagery files. They cover extents all over Australia. I am wanting to create a shapefile with the outlines of the imagery extents and populate it with the date the imagery was taken and region its in. I am then wanting to turn this into a layer so I can use it to see what areas our imagery covers and it makes it easy to find which image I am after.

Currently I am just dragging in each image, drawing a box around it and then populating it with year and area.

I was told there is was way I can point my Python script to a folder and it will draw the imagery extents as in that folder and add source location to the metadata.

Any ideas?

Below shows shapefile extent over imagery.

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If all the images are the same type, you want to look into creating a Mosaic dataset

  • Yes but that does not put in the source location just the name of the image in the metadata?
    – Vanessa
    Nov 23, 2020 at 7:09
  • You can use Export Raster Catalog Paths (Data Management) and join the output to the footprints help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#//001700000091000000
    – mapface
    Nov 24, 2020 at 5:22

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