Specify 3D Maps scene options

Use time options to control how long a tour scene lasts, and to set the length of time between scenes. Use effects to highlight a scene with circular motions, rotations, pans, or zooms.

Change how long it takes to switch between scenes

A transition is the change from one scene to the next, so to include a transition a tour must contain at least two scenes.

(Therefore, the first scene in a tour never has a transition; it starts immediately.)

  1. Select the scene that the tour is switching to.

    (For example, to set the time between the first and second scene, select the second scene.)

  2. Click Home > Scene Options.

  3. Under Effects, in the Transition duration (sec) box, select the number of seconds that you want the transition between the scenes to take.

    Control for Transition Duration

Note: 

  • The first scene in a tour doesn't have a transition; it starts immediately.

  • By default, a transition between scenes is 3 seconds.

  • A transition of 0 seconds creates a "cut" style transition where the incoming scene starts immediately.

  • A transition always travels the entire distance between two scenes.

    For example, when a scene switches from a view featuring East Asia to a view of Europe, the globe rotates during the transition. The globe may pitch upward or downward, depending on where each scene is centered in relation to the equator.

  • During a transition, text boxes, annotations, and the last data state from the previous scene are preserved until the new scene starts.

  • Transitions are designed to rotate as little as possible between scenes.

Specify how long a scene lasts

A scene's duration value controls how long the scene lasts, and how quickly the geographic data are plotted and updated over time on the map.

  1. Select the scene that you want to work with.

  2. Click Home > Scene Options.

  3. In the Scene duration (sec) box, enter the number of seconds that you want the scene to last.

    If you want to give the scene a name, enter the name in the Scene Name box.

    Control for Scene Duration

Specify the effect you want to apply

Use effects to highlight a scene with circular motions, rotations, pans, or zooms.

  1. Select the scene that you want to work with.

  2. Click Home > Scene Options.

  3. In the Effect box, pick the effect that you want, and then adjust the Effect Speed slider to control the speed and/or distance of the effect.

    Selection box for Effects

Note: 

  • The Circle and Figure 8 effects move in a repetitive circular motion.

  • The Dolly and Rotate Globe effects move clockwise in a straight line.

  • The Push In effect "zooms in" on the scene, continuously increasing the size of the globe and zeroing in on the scene's center for the entire duration of the scene.

  • The Fly Over effect moves the globe, depending on where on the globe the scene is centered, downward (Northern hemisphere) or upward (Southern hemisphere).

  • All effects last for the entire duration of a scene.

  • You can use the Effect Speed slider to control how quickly the globe turns or how many circular motions are completed in the scene.

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