[vtkusers] Multiple volumes rendering with vtkGPUVolumeRayCastMapper or similar
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Fri Aug 26 02:38:01 EDT 2016
Den 26 aug. 2016 5:06 fm skrev "Alvaro Sanchez" <alvaro.sanchez at kitware.com
> Hi Alberto,
> as you have noticed, multi-volume rendering is currently not supported in
the vtkGPUVolumeRayCastMapper. If you are building VTK with OpenGL2
however, it supports independent components so (depending on your use case)
you might be able to render up to 4 volumes (one per component), provided
you can arrange them in a four component array (this has the limitation
that each component will need to have the same dimensions). That said, we
are working on giving support for multiple volumes in the next VTK release.
I have to jump in and ask: I was under the impression that multiple volumes
was supported, as long as they don't intersect eachother in 3D space? But
you're saying it's not possible at all?
If so I'm in a bit of trouble myself, as I was planning on doing that soon
In my case I have multiple volumes (coming from different readers) that I
want to render next to eachother (but not overlapping anywhere).
If that's really not possible, I'll have to rethink my pipeline and
redesign my custom reader to work with multiple files instead (and output a
single volume). The problem with this is that I might want to show a volume
that is larger than 2048 voxels in one dimension, which is not possible, at
least not on intel, due to GPU texture size limitations (see my semi-recent
thread about this). I had hoped that using multiple volumes would be a way
to get around this.
Thanks in advance,
> With regards to the solution you mentioned (
https://github.com/bozorgi/VTKMultiVolumeRayCaster), you could use it
temporarily if it would solve your problem better than fitting the volumes
as independent components. It seems to implement a similar approach as we
would do (connecting various inputs/ properties to the mapper) so it should
not be extremely difficult to migrate to the official implementation in the
future. I have not tried it myself but please do let us know if you have
any remarks once you try it. As far as I know, if the python bindings are
not explicitly disabled for these new classes then they should be also
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: amdelaossa <adelaossa at gmail.com>
>> Date: Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM
>> Subject: [vtkusers] Multiple volumes rendering with
vtkGPUVolumeRayCastMapper or similar
>> To: vtkusers at vtk.org
>> Dear all,
>> we (a research team in DESY, Germany) are strongly interested in
rendering multiple data volumes in the same view with VTK.
>> We chose VTK for our 3D visualisation project on beam-plasma
interactions due to its extended functionality and features,
>> its open source character and because it is written in C++ with bindings
>> However, we will require to show multiple volumes in the same view
(representing the data of different particle species in our simulations).
>> We are currently using a vtkGPUVolumeRayCastMapper object for each data
set, which is then connected to a vtkVolume.
>> The different vtkVolume objects are then added to the vtkRenderer.
>> We have tried to use different vtkRenderer objects for the different
>> but still only the first volume on the first vtkRenderer is displayed.
>> Searching in the web, we have found the following (potential) solution:
>> which is published here:
>> It consists on new vtk classes to handle multiple volumes rendering.
>> As it might work well for our purposes, we would like to ask your
opinion about this new classes.
>> Are you planning to incorporate something like this in the official VTK
>> If not, we will be interested in incorporating this new class into our
personal VTK installation.
>> Then the question is: Will be the python bindings automatically
generated for these new classes?
>> Thanks a lot for your support!
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