Post-Processing via ParaView 5.7 Export InspectorΒΆ

ParaView provides Cinema database export functionality which can be used in a post-processing workflow to create Cinema databases from any dataset that can be loaded into ParaView. This can be demonstrated with one of the sources available within ParaView. Open ParaView 5.7.0. From the ParaView menu, select Sources -> Time Source. We want to see time-varying behavior so under the Properties tab, change the X Amplitude to 1 and click on the Growing checkbox. Under Coloring, choose Point X and a Surface Representation. Make sure the visualization object is sufficiently small so that when you run the time animation (play button on the animation menu), you can see the time source expand and contract. The image below illustrates this setup.


The Cinema export functionality can be found on the Export Inspector view which is available as one of the default tabs when ParaView is opened (see above image) or the Export Inspector can be opened from the ParaView View menu. Click on the Export Inspector tab where you will see a set of default options. To export a Cinema Database:

  • Under Image Extracts, make sure the correct view is selected. The default RenderView1 will usually be the right one.
  • In the dropdown menu on the right, select Cinema image database (*.cdb) and click the checkbox to the right to establish that option.
  • Open the ellipses menu to the right of the checkbox to get the Save Screenshot option menu. When Cinema image database is chosen, it shows the Cinema options. To get multiple camera angles, choose Phi-Theta from the Camera Model dropdown menu.
  • Under Root Directory, add the complete path and output database name: /<path-to-cdb>/test.cdb.
  • Under File, select Export Now to start the Cinema database export.

After generating the Cinema database, you can view it in one of the Cinema viewers CinemaScience Viewers


Note: for users not familiar with ParaView, we refer you to the ParaView Tutorial to get started.