Render image of WPF viewport3D on windows server 2008 (off-screen) RRS feed

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  • I'm creating a Viewport3D (CurViewport3D) off-screen and fill it with only one plane (for testing purpose).

    Via RenderTargetBitmap and BitmapEncoder a MemoryStream of the content of this viewport (as jpg) is created. The whole functionality is put in a library (dll) because I would like to use this library on a web server to create an image there to be shown on a website.

    The code below is reduced to the basics but it is working.

        using System;
        using System.Collections.Generic;
        using System.Windows;
        using System.Windows.Media;
        using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;
        using System.Windows.Media.Media3D;
        using System.Windows.Shapes;
        using System.Windows.Controls;
        using System.Windows.Threading;

        namespace RenderTargetImage_Test
            public class RenderTargetImage01
                public System.IO.MemoryStream stream = new System.IO.MemoryStream();
                Int32 width = 100;
                Int32 height = 100;
                Viewport3D CurViewport3D;

                public RenderTargetImage01()
                    CurViewport3D = new Viewport3D();
                    Model3DGroup myModel3DGroup = new Model3DGroup();
                    ModelVisual3D myModelVisual3D = new ModelVisual3D();
                    PerspectiveCamera myPCamera = new PerspectiveCamera();
                    myPCamera.Position = new Point3D(3500, 1500, -5000);
                    myPCamera.LookDirection = new Vector3D(-0.5, 0, 1);
                    myPCamera.FieldOfView = 70;
                    CurViewport3D.Camera = myPCamera;

                    AmbientLight myAmbientLight = new AmbientLight();
                    myAmbientLight.Color = Colors.White;
                    MeshGeometry3D meshS2 = new MeshGeometry3D();
                    GeometryModel3D modelS2 = new GeometryModel3D();

                    meshS2.Positions.Add(new Point3D(500, 500, -500));
                    meshS2.Positions.Add(new Point3D(500, 3000, -500));
                    meshS2.Positions.Add(new Point3D(3000, 500, -500));
                    meshS2.Positions.Add(new Point3D(3000, 3000, -500));
                    meshS2.Normals.Add(new Vector3D(0, 0, 1));
                    meshS2.Normals.Add(new Vector3D(0, 0, 1));
                    meshS2.Normals.Add(new Vector3D(0, 0, 1));
                    meshS2.Normals.Add(new Vector3D(0, 0, 1));
                    meshS2.Normals.Add(new Vector3D(0, 0, 1));
                    meshS2.Normals.Add(new Vector3D(0, 0, 1));
                    meshS2.TextureCoordinates.Add(new System.Windows.Point(0, 0));
                    meshS2.TextureCoordinates.Add(new System.Windows.Point(1, 0));
                    meshS2.TextureCoordinates.Add(new System.Windows.Point(0, 1));
                    meshS2.TextureCoordinates.Add(new System.Windows.Point(1, 1));

                    modelS2.Geometry = meshS2;
                    DiffuseMaterial DiffMS2 = new DiffuseMaterial(System.Windows.Media.Brushes.Red);
                    modelS2.Material = DiffMS2;
                    myModelVisual3D.Content = myModel3DGroup;

                    // render
                    RenderTargetBitmap renderTargetBitmap = new RenderTargetBitmap(width, height, 96, 96, PixelFormats.Pbgra32);
                    CurViewport3D.Width = width;
                    CurViewport3D.Height = height;
                    CurViewport3D.Measure(new System.Windows.Size(width, height));
                    CurViewport3D.Arrange(new Rect(0, 0, width, height));
                    CurViewport3D.Dispatcher.Invoke(((Action)(() => renderTargetBitmap.Render(CurViewport3D))), DispatcherPriority.Render);
                    BitmapEncoder bitmapEncoder = new PngBitmapEncoder();

    Here comes the code of the website:

            <form id="form1" runat="server">

    and the code behind:

        using System;
        using System.Collections.Generic;
        using System.Linq;
        using System.Web;
        using System.Web.UI;
        using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
        using System.IO;
        using System.Windows.Shapes;

        using System.Windows.Media;
        using System.Windows.Media.Imaging;

        using System.Drawing;
        using System.Drawing.Drawing2D;
        using System.Drawing.Imaging;

        using RenderTargetImage_Test;

        public partial class Default2 : System.Web.UI.Page
            protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
                RenderTargetImage01 rti = new RenderTargetImage01();

                Response.ContentType = "image/png";

    So simple!

    Now the problem: Locally everything works fine. The image is shown in the browser - perfect.
    Once I try to run it on the web server (Microsoft Server 2008) the image shown in the browser is empty, no content. No error.

    Does anyone know how to make it run on the web server?
    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:44 AM

All replies

  • I have the same problem! I try to render a Viewport3D on webserver on Microsoft Server 2008. All xaml parts are rendered correctly but not the Viewport3D. It's not visible

    Any Answers?

    Sunday, September 2, 2012 6:32 PM
  • Dear maninthemiddle! Have you found the solution? I'm facing the same problem.. Thanks in advance!

    Pavel Vasev

    Friday, December 28, 2012 7:28 AM