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H5TOVTK(1)			    h5utils			    H5TOVTK(1)

NAME
       h5tovtk - convert datasets in HDF5 files	to VTK format

SYNOPSIS
       h5tovtk [OPTION]... [HDF5FILE]...

DESCRIPTION
       h5tovtk	is  a program to generate VTK data files from multidimensional
       datasets	in HDF5	files.	VTK, the Visualization ToolKit,	 is  an	 open-
       source,	freely available software system for 3D	computer graphics, im-
       age processing, and visualization.  VTK itself  is  a  programming  li-
       brary,  but it is also the basis	for a number of	end-user graphical vi-
       sualization programs.

       HDF5 is a free, portable	binary format and supporting library developed
       by  the	National Center	for Supercomputing Applications	at the Univer-
       sity of Illinois	in Urbana-Champaign.  A	single	h5  file  can  contain
       multiple	 datasets;  by	default,  h5tovtk takes	the first dataset, but
       this can	be  changed  via  the  -d  option,  or	by  using  the	syntax
       HDF5FILE:DATASET.

       1d/2d/3d	datasets are converted into 3d VTK datasets.  Normally,	a sin-
       gle scalar VTK dataset is output, but vectors and fields	can be	output
       via the -o option below.

       A typical invocation is of the form 'h5tovtk foo.h5', which will	output
       a VTK data file foo.vtk from the	data in	foo.h5.

OPTIONS
       -h     Display help on the command-line options and usage.

       -V     Print the	version	number and copyright info for h5tovtk.

       -v     Verbose output.

       -o file
	      Save all the input datasets to a single VTK file.	 If  there  is
	      only one dataset,	it is output to	a VTK scalar dataset; if there
	      are three	datasets, they are output as a VTK vector dataset; all
	      other numbers of datasets	are combined into a VTK	field dataset.

	      Otherwise,  the  default	behavior  is to	save each dataset to a
	      separate VTK file, with the .h5 suffix of	the input filename re-
	      placed by	.vtk in	the output filename.

	      Only  three-dimensional datasets may be written to the VTK file.
	      If you have a four (or more) dimensional data set, then you must
	      take  a three-dimensional	"slice"	of the multi-dimensional data.
	      To do this, you specify coordinates in one (or more)  slice  di-
	      mension(s), via the -xyzt	options.

       -1, -2, -4
	      Use  1  ,	 2,  or	4 bytes	to store each data point in the	output
	      file.  Fewer bytes require less storage and memory, but will de-
	      crease  the resolution in	the values.  -1	will break up the data
	      values into one of 256 possible values (on a linear  scale  from
	      the  minimum  to	the maximum value in your data), -2 will allow
	      65536 possible values, and -4  (the  default)  will  use	4-byte
	      floating-point numbers for an "exact" representation.

       -a     Output  in ASCII format; otherwise, VTK's	more compact, but less
	      readable and somewhat less portable binary format	is used.

       -n     For binary output	(see -a	above),	by default the data is written
	      in  bigendian  byte  order, which	is normally the	order that VTK
	      expects.	However, some external tools and a few VTK classes use
	      the  native  byte	ordering instead (which	may not	be bigendian),
	      and the -n option	causes h5tovtk to output binary	 data  in  the
	      native ordering.

       -m min, -M max
	      When -1 or -2 are	used, the input	data are converted to a	linear
	      integer scale.  Normally,	the bottom and top of this scale  cor-
	      respond  to  the	minimum	and maximum values in the data.	 Using
	      the -m and -M options, you can make the bottom and  top  of  the
	      scale  correspond	 to  min  and max instead, respectively.  Data
	      values below or above this range will be treated as if they were
	      min or max respectively.	See also the -Z	option.

       -Z     For  -1  or  -2  output,	center the linear integer scale	on the
	      value zero in the	data.

       -r     Invert the output	values (map the	minimum	 to  the  maximum  and
	      vice versa).

       -x ix, -y iy, -z	iz, -t it
	      This  tells  h5tovtk to use a particular slice of	a multi-dimen-
	      sional dataset.  e.g.  -x	uses the subset	(with one less	dimen-
	      sion)  at	 an  x index of	ix (where the indices run from zero to
	      one less than the	maximum	index in that direction).  Here, x/y/z
	      correspond  to  the  first/second/third  dimensions  of the HDF5
	      dataset. The -t option specifies a slice in the last  dimension,
	      whichever	 that  might  be.  See also the	-0 option to shift the
	      origin of	the x/y/z slice	coordinates to the dataset center.

       -0     Shift the	origin of the x/y/z slice coordinates to  the  dataset
	      center,  so  that	 e.g. -0 -x 0 (or more compactly -0x0) returns
	      the central x plane of the dataset instead of the	edge x	plane.
	      (-t coordinates are not affected.)

       -d name
	      Use  dataset  name  from	the  input files; otherwise, the first
	      dataset from each	file is	used.  Alternatively, use  the	syntax
	      HDF5FILE:DATASET,	 which	allows	you  to	 specify  a  different
	      dataset for each file.  You can use the h5ls  command  (included
	      with hdf5) to find the names of datasets within a	file.

BUGS
       Send bug	reports	to S. G. Johnson, stevenj@alum.mit.edu.

AUTHORS
       Written	by Steven G. Johnson.  Copyright (c) 2005 by the Massachusetts
       Institute of Technology.

h5utils				 March 9, 2002			    H5TOVTK(1)

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