Field Data as Time Meta-Data in VTK XML File Formats#
As of VTK 8.2, VTK XML readers and writers support embedding time meta-data as a field array. This is demonstrated best with an example:
<VTKFile type="PolyData" version="1.0" byte_order="LittleEndian" header_type="UInt64"> <PolyData> <FieldData> <DataArray type="Float64" Name="TimeValue" NumberOfTuples="1">1.24 </DataArray> </FieldData> ... </VTKFile>
Here TimeValue is a regular double precision array that has a single value of 1.24.
The XML readers will treat this array in a special way. When they encounter this array
during the meta-data stage (
RequestInformation()), they will read the value from
this array and generate a
in the output information containing this value.
In addition, the XML writers will generate a field array of name TimeValue in the
output, if they encounter time value in their input (
This is done even if the data does not have a TimeValue array. Furthermore, even such
an array exists, it will be replaced with one that contains the value from
vtkDataObject::DATA_TIME_STEP() to make sure that the value is consistent with the
This change may appear pointless on its own as a single time value is not very useful. Its main use is when reading file series as it is done by ParaView’s file (time) series readers.