ArcGIS Video Server

Introducing ArcGIS Video Server

The ArcGIS Motion Imagery Team is excited to announce the release of the new ArcGIS Video Server. This new server role for ArcGIS Enterprise is designed to expand video capabilities across ArcGIS.

What is ArcGIS Video Server?  

The new ArcGIS Video Server enables indexing, searching, publishing, and streaming video as a service with geospatial and temporal context.  In other words, you can now serviceenable your videos and use them inside of your enterprise GIS, the same as other types of data. 

Many different industries collect video data, and it can be a crucial resource for uses like remote inspection and situational awareness. The number of sources and volume of video are expanding and becoming more affordable. Now it is feasible for an organization to have video from satellites, aerial cameras, stationary cameras and handheld cameras.  As Esri moves towards incorporating these types of data into analysis workflows, we needed more ways to use the geospatial attributes of video to make it a true asset of an enterprise system.

 

How to use it in ArcGIS  

ArcGIS Video Server allows users to publish videos and service enables them for use over the web as the new video layer in ArcGIS client applications. As we move into 2024, more client applications will add support for the video layer, but at this initial release our client application is ArcGIS Excalibur.

As an ArcGIS Enterprise web application for imagery and video analysis, Excalibur is a natural fit for adding video support. The new web capabilities, including publishing and consuming video as a service, are now available in the November 2023 release of ArcGIS Excalibur.

A video layer published through ArcGIS Excalibur is playing in the canvas view along side the map showing the video telemetry.

 

ArcGIS Video Server publishes two categories of video: video from a file and video from a live stream.

Once your video is published as a service, it becomes available in your enterprise portal as an item.

 

The Item Details page for the video layer. You can open the layer directly in ArcGIS Excalibur using the button on the right.

 

Using video layers in ArcGIS Excalibur brings a new data type into your workflow. You can work with feature data and videos together for remote inspections, collect observations from videos, and improve situational awareness by playing live videos. You also can use your ArcGIS Enterprise to share your video services and ensure your organization has role-based discovery and access to your video services.

 

How to get started

We look forward to working with existing and new video customers as we bring these new video capabilities to ArcGIS!  Please visit our website here and help us grow our community here. Learn how to use ArcGIS Video Server with this hands-on training. 

About the authors

Alexandra is a Product Marketing Manager on the Operational Intelligence team at Esri. She is currently working on reshaping Esri's motion imagery story with the ArcGIS Video Server launch in ArcGIS Excalibur. Before transitioning to product marketing, Alexandra specialized in CRM, content, and email marketing strategy for top tech companies.

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Tracy Toutant

Ms. Toutant is a geospatial expert specializing in the fusion of imagery and GIS data. She has worked in a broad range of industries over a 25 year GIS career, from marine science to emergency management to national security. She joined Esri in 2017 focusing on future programs and multi-agency hard problems. She currently works Product Management for FMV, National Imagery Systems, and Motion Imagery. She has a Master of Science degree in Geographical Information Systems from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College.

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