Time series animations using QGIS

For the past couple of months, I am working with vegetation indices (NDVI and EVI) time series data. Today, I decided to visualize some of the EVI data as an animation.

QGIS has an excellent plugin know as “TimeManager“. You can install “TimeManager” by selecting Plugins-> Manage and Install Plugins from QGIS menu. Search TimeManager in plugin window (like below)

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After installation, you have to activate TimeManager plugin by clicking on it. A window (like below) will appear at the bottom of monitor screen.

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Assuming that you have loaded and styled all the layers that will be used in animation, click the “setting” button on the TimeManager’s window. A new window will appear like the one below

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Now add the layer, start and end time. In my case, I used “Add raster” option to add EVI layers, each layer had one second of visibility during animation. Following is an image of how my setting window looked like.

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Finally, press “Export Video” button, a new window will appear like the one below.

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Select the output folder and click on “Animation gif” radio button. If required, modify the “Animation frame Delay”, for my dataset, 100 millisec was too low thus I changed it to 1000 millisec.

The processing might take from few seconds to few minutes, in my case it two around 4 to 5 minutes (result below)


Some very good examples of TimeManager plugin are available on youtube, like the one below

and also this one.