VTK/Tutorials/External Tutorials

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This page was based on Sebastien Barre's VTK Links: Examples page. However, it is kept more upto date, and new resources will be regularly added. Note that to understand VTK internals, you might still have to buy the VTK User's Guide (although be warned that it does not cover everything). If you find a nice tutorial/webpage that explains VTK, please add it here!

Examples, Presentations, Seminars, Talks, Tutorials

  1. There is a tutorial in the VTK distribution (in /Examples/Tutorial).
  2. Visualization Toolkit Tutorial : A very nice introduction VTK, with code for actual projects included(John Bell).
  3. Visualization examples for the The VISUALIZATION TOOLKIT, used in a VTK workshop given at the University of Groningen (RuG): Worth a look, lot's of examples.
  4. Introduction to Visualization with VTK:Powerpoint presentation, no code, very nice illustrations (T. L. Disz, Univ. of Chicago)
  5. Visualizing with VTK : A Tutorial: A tutorial given by the writers of the VTK Book (W. Schroeder, L. Avila, W. Hoffman)
  6. Using VTK to Visualize Scientific Data (online tutorial): Nice Introduction with serious examples in Tcl (BU)
  7. VTK Tutorial: How to Create Visualization Applications with VTK: Explains basic VTK objects, code snippets are present (Dave Semeraro)
  8. Scientific Visualization with VTK,The Visualization Toolkit: A Hands-on introduction; uses examples that ship with VTK to illustrate VTK concepts(Ohio Supercomputer Center, OSC)
  9. Introduction to VTK: Nice exposition of basic VTK internals, but very brief (Gustav Taxen)
  10. Vizi-SAW VTK Tutorial

VTK Pipeline

  1. ParaView Visualization Course: The VTK Visualization Pipeline and ParaView: Introduction to ParaView, but includes a nice discussion of VTK pipeline (Jean M. Favre)
  2. Upgrading to and Understanding the new VTK Pipeline: Explains the concepts of vtkInformation etc.
  3. Proposal for the New VTK Pipeline: This new pipeline is currently in use; the document uses the term 'vtkProcessor'; just replace this by 'vtkAlgorithm' throughout

Computer Graphics Courses that teach VTK

  1. CS563:Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics Home Page
  2. RPI CSCI-4972 Introduction to Visualization Fall 2010 - slides available here
  3. Visualization Module Home Page


Apart from the VTK Book and the User's Guide, the following books may be of interest for VTK users/developers:

  1. Introduction to Programming for Image Analysis with VTK: A book on image analysis using VTK, free PDF available at the site. Very nice introduction to VTK, uses Tcl in the beginning but C++ at the end. Includes an example of writing your own VTK filter. Overall, a highly recommended read (Xenophon Papadmetris)

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