Draws input point, line and polygon features onto a numeric raster filled with the background value. The Z coordinates of the input vector features are used to generate pixel values. Features without Z coordinates will be discarded.
Note: Only the Group By attributes are preserved by this transformer. The output feature will also be supplied with an fme_basename attribute equal to the transformer name.
If the Group By parameter is set to an attribute list, one raster per group will be produced.
Note: How parallel processing works with FME: see About Parallel Processing for detailed information.
This parameter determines whether or not the transformer should perform the work across parallel processes. If it is enabled, a process will be launched for each group specified by the Group By parameter.
Parallel Processing Levels
For example, on a quad-core machine, minimal parallelism will result in two simultaneous FME processes. Extreme parallelism on an 8-core machine would result in 16 simultaneous processes.
You can experiment with this feature and view the information in the Windows Task Manager and the Workbench Log window.
No: This is the default behavior. Processing will only occur in this transformer once all input is present.
By Group: This transformer will process input groups in order. Changes of the value of the Group By parameter on the input stream will trigger batch processing on the currently accumulating group. This will improve overall speed if groups are large/complex, but could cause undesired behavior if input groups are not truly ordered. Specifically, on a two input-port transformer, "in order" means that an entire group must reach both ports before the next group reaches either port, for the transformer to work as expected. This may take careful consideration in a workspace, and should not be confused with both port's input streams being ordered individually, but not synchronously.
Using Ordered input can provide performance gains in some scenarios, however, it is not always preferable, or even possible. Consider the following when using it, with both one- and two-input transformers.
Single Datasets/Feature Types: Are generally the optimal candidates for Ordered processing. If you know that the dataset is correctly ordered by the Group By attribute, using Input is Ordered By can improve performance, depending on the size and complexity of the data.
If the input is coming from a database, using ORDER BY in a SQL statement to have the database pre-order the data can be an extremely effective way to improve performance. Consider using a Database Readers with a SQL statement, or the SQLCreator transformer.
Multiple Datasets/Feature Types: Since all features matching a Group By value need to arrive before any features (of any feature type or dataset) belonging to the next group, using Ordering with multiple feature types is more complicated than processing a single feature type.
Multiple feature types and features from multiple datasets will not generally naturally occur in the correct order.
One approach is to send all features through a Sorter, sorting on the expected Group By attribute. The Sorter is a feature-holding transformer, collecting all input features, performing the sort, and then releasing them all. They can then be sent through an appropriate filter (TestFilter, AttributeFilter, GeometryFilter, or others), which are not feature-holding, and will release the features one at a time to the transformer using Input is Ordered By, now in the expected order.
The processing overhead of sorting and filtering may negate the performance gains you will get from using Input is Ordered By. In this case, using Group By without using Input is Ordered By may be the equivalent and simpler approach.
In all cases when using Input is Ordered By, if you are not sure that the incoming features are properly ordered, they should be sorted (if a single feature type), or sorted and then filtered (for more than one feature or geometry type).
As with many scenarios, testing different approaches in your workspace with your data is the only definitive way to identify performance gains.
To set the size of the output raster, specify either the dimensions or the cell size.
To set the output raster size using dimensions, set the Size Specification to RowsColumns and specify values for both the Number of Columns and Number of Rows.
To set the output raster size using cell size, set the Size Specification to CellSize and specify values for both the X Cell Spacing and Y Cell Spacing.
Sets the interpretation of the output raster.
Sets the background value of the raster.
If this is set to Yes, the background value will also be flagged as the nodata value for the produced band.
If the Anti-Aliasing parameter is Yes, the output lines will be smoothed using an anti-aliasing algorithm.
This parameter is the maximum normalized distance from a line segment or polygon vertex to a pixel to be rendered. For example a tolerance of 1.0 will draw all pixels touched by the input vector line, while a tolerance of 0.0 will draw only those pixels where the input vector line passes directly through their center. Tolerance can only be selected when anti-aliasing is off.
If the Ground Extents parameter is set to Use input data ground extents, which means the extents are not explicitly specified, the output raster extents will be determined by the union of the bounding boxes of the valid input vector features. If the Ground Extents parameter is set to Specify ground extents, the remaining Ground Extents parameters are used to specify the extents of the output raster.
Note: Note: The raster extent is absolute, measured from the outer edges of the border row and column pixels.
This specifies the minimum x value of the output raster. It is used when the Ground Extents parameter is set to Specify ground extents.
This specifies the minimum y value of the output raster. It is used when the Ground Extents parameter is set to Specify ground extents.
This specifies the maximum x value of the output raster. It is used when the Ground Extents parameter is set to Specify ground extents.
This specifies the maximum y value of the output raster. It is used when the Ground Extents parameter is set to Specify ground extents.
Editing Transformer Parameters
Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.
FME Licensing Level
FME Professional edition and above
Associated FME function or factory: VectorToRasterFactory
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