[vtkusers] vtkImageAppend Runtime Error

Siavash Khallaghi siavashk at ece.ubc.ca
Tue Sep 15 20:49:33 EDT 2015


I am struggling with a problem with vtkImageAppend. Let me explain what I am
trying to do.

The vtkImageAppend sits inside of a vtkCallback class (inherited from
vtkCommand) used for custom panning of vtkImageData (2D). Its purpose is to
stitch the new region to the region that is currently being displayed in the

As the user pans, the vtkImageAppend filter is continuously called. The
relevant portion of my code is similar to this:

vtkSmartPointer<vtkMutexLock> mutex = vtkSmartPointer<vtkMutexLock> ::New();

vtkSmartPointer<vtkImageAppend> horizontalAppend =

horizontalAppend->AddInputData(overlapImage); //overlap image is currently
displayed in the renderer
horizontalAppend->AddInputData(horizontalImage); //horizontalImage is the
horizontal difference image that is being panned to

Sometimes, my code throws the following runtime error and crashes when I try
to pan:
Unhandled exception at 0x00007FF84C30320C (vtkFiltersCore-6.2.dll) in
Viewer.exe: 0xC0000005: Access violation reading location

This feels like a thread safety issue to me, although I am not sure. I found
the following ticket that isrelated to vtkImageAppend in the Mantis bug
tracker. I am not sure if my problem is related to it:


I also tried placing the update call inside mutex locks to make it thread
safe. But this did not help.

Why do you think the memory access error is happening? I would appreciate
any hints.

Thank you,

Siavash Khallaghi

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