VTK/Examples/Cxx/Visualization/RenderLargeImage

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This example renders a high resolution image. The image can be much larger than the window on the screen. It is useful if you need an image for a large poster, or you can down sample the image to produce a high quality anti-aliased image.

The example takes up to three arguments. The first, an input polydata, is required, as is the second, a .png file to hold the high res image. An optional third argument specifies the magnification of the high res image (default 4).

RenderLargeImage.cxx

#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>

#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkCamera.h>
#include <vtkImageViewer.h>
#include <vtkPNGWriter.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkRenderLargeImage.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkXMLPolyDataReader.h>

int main (int argc, char *argv[])
{
  if (argc < 3)
    {
    std::cerr << "Usage: " << argv[0]
              << " Input(.vtp) Output(.png) [Magnification]"
              << std::endl;
    return EXIT_FAILURE;
    }
  int magnification = 4;
  if (argc == 4)
    {
    magnification = atoi(argv[3]);
    }

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkXMLPolyDataReader> reader =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkXMLPolyDataReader>::New();
  reader->SetFileName(argv[1]);

  vtkSmartPointer<  vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  mapper->SetInputConnection(reader->GetOutputPort());

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> interactor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  interactor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);

  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);

  renderer->AddActor(actor);

  // Let the renderer compute good position and focal point
  renderer->GetActiveCamera()->Azimuth(30);
  renderer->GetActiveCamera()->Elevation(30);
  renderer->ResetCamera();
  renderer->GetActiveCamera()->Dolly(1.4);
  renderer->ResetCameraClippingRange();
  renderer->SetBackground(.3, .4, .5);

  renderWindow->SetSize(640, 480);
  renderWindow->Render();

  std::cout << "Interact with image to get desired view and then press 'e'"
            << std::endl;
  interactor->Start();
  std::cout << "Generating large image size: " 
            << renderWindow->GetSize()[0] * magnification << " by "
            << renderWindow->GetSize()[1] * magnification
            << std::endl;


  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderLargeImage> renderLarge =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderLargeImage>::New();
  renderLarge->SetInput(renderer);
  renderLarge->SetMagnification(magnification);

  std::cout << "Saving image in " << argv[2] << std::endl;
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPNGWriter> writer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPNGWriter>::New();
  writer->SetFileName(argv[2]);
  writer->SetInputConnection(renderLarge->GetOutputPort());
  writer->Write();

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

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CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(RenderLargeImage)

find_package(VTK REQUIRED)
include(${VTK_USE_FILE})

add_executable(RenderLargeImage MACOSX_BUNDLE RenderLargeImage.cxx)

if(VTK_LIBRARIES)
  target_link_libraries(RenderLargeImage ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
else()
  target_link_libraries(RenderLargeImage vtkHybrid vtkWidgets)
endif()

Download and Build RenderLargeImage

Click here to download RenderLargeImage. and its CMakeLists.txt file.

Once the tarball RenderLargeImage.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd RenderLargeImage/build 
  • If VTK is installed:
cmake ..
  • If VTK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your VTK build:
cmake -DVTK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/vtk_build ..

Build the project:

make

and run it:

./RenderLargeImage

WINDOWS USERS PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to add the VTK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the VTK dll's at run time.