The Pangolin CHOP interfaces with Pangolin's Beyond. Beyond is a professional laser and multimedia show control application. When Beyond is running, the Pangolin CHOP will send laser image frames to it. The image frames are created from either a SOP input or CHOP input.
TouchDesigner Non-commercial will only work with the demo version of Beyond. TouchDesigner Commercial or Pro is required to interface with licensed versions of Beyond.
See also: Laser CHOP.
Parameters - Pangolin Page
active - When disabled, the CHOP will no longer send to Beyond. The corresponding image in Beyond will also be cleared.
source - ⊞ - Select the source operator.
sop- Use a SOP as the source. Apart from position attributes, the SOP's point color attributes are used to determine the color output.
chop- Use a CHOP as the source. Input channels are determined by name: x, y, z, r, g, b, id. Only the x, and y channels are required. Every sample will be interpreted as a point to be drawn. Points can be grouped together into a single shape using the id channel.
sop - Path to the SOP.
chop - Path to the CHOP. The input CHOP must have x, y channels for the point positions. In addition, it also supports z, r, g, b, and id channels. The id channel is used for grouping points together as a single shape. By default when no id channel is present, each point is separate and unconnected.
zone - The index of the zone to send to in Beyond.
ratemode - ⊞ - Select the mode for calculating the rate of the image in Beyond. Note: this is not the rate of the CHOP.
- Percent of Projector Sample Rate
percent- Rate will be calculated as a percent of the default projector sample rate. Specify the percent using the Percent parameter.
- Sample Rate
sample- Specify the sample rate.
percent - Specify the sample rate as a percent of the projector default sample rate.
rate - Specify the sample rate of the image in Beyond
repeat - How often to repeat each point in the image (not including blanked points).
vector - When enabled, the image will be sent to Beyond as a vector frame. A vector frame will have extra computation done in Beyond, such as the addition of blanking points. When disabled, the image will be sent as points to the DAC, with nothing extra added.
resend - Resend the image to Beyond.
Enable Laser Output
enableout - Enables laser output in Beyond. Has the same effect as hitting the "Enable Laser Output" button in Beyond.
Disable Laser Output
disableout - Disables laser output in Beyond. Has the same effect as hitting the "Disable Laser Output" button in Beyond.
blackout - Sends a blackout command to Beyond. Has the effect as hitting the "Blackout" button in Beyond.
Parameters - Common Page
timeslice - Turning this on forces the channels to be "Time Sliced". A Time Slice is the time between the last cook frame and the current cook frame.
scope - To determine which channels get affected, some CHOPs use a Scope string on the Common page.
Sample Rate Match
srselect - ⊞ - Handle cases where multiple input CHOPs' sample rates are different. When Resampling occurs, the curves are interpolated according to the Interpolation Method Option, or "Linear" if the Interpolate Options are not available.
- Resample At First Input's Rate
first- Use rate of first input to resample others.
- Resample At Maximum Rate
max- Resample to the highest sample rate.
- Resample At Minimum Rate
min- Resample to the lowest sample rate.
- Error If Rates Differ
err- Doesn't accept conflicting sample rates.
exportmethod - ⊞ - This will determine how to connect the CHOP channel to the parameter. Refer to the Export article for more information.
- DAT Table by Index
datindex- Uses the docked DAT table and references the channel via the index of the channel in the CHOP.
- DAT Table by Name
datname- Uses the docked DAT table and references the channel via the name of the channel in the CHOP.
- Channel Name is Path:Parameter
autoname- The channel is the full destination of where to export to, such has
autoexportroot - This path points to the root node where all of the paths that exporting by Channel Name is Path:Parameter are relative to.
exporttable - The DAT used to hold the export information when using the DAT Table Export Methods (See above).
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An Operator Family that reads, creates and modifies 3D polygons, curves, NURBS surfaces, spheres, meatballs and other 3D surface data.
samples-per-second of a CHOP. Each CHOP in your network has a sample rate, whether it is used or not. The overall timeline has a "frame rate", which is the number of animation frames per second, generally your monitor display frequency.
The term "Frame" is used (1) in the Timeline, (2) as a time-unit in CHOPs, (3) as a time-unit in TOPs, and (4) with movies images which are read and created with TOPs.
A Time Slice is the time from the last cook frame to the current cook frame. In CHOPs it is the set of short channels that only contain the CHOP channels' samples between the last and the current cook frame.
A parameter in most CHOPs that restricts which channels of that CHOP will be affected. Normally all channels of a CHOP are affected by the operator.
Exporting is the connection of CHOP channels to parameters of operators. The output of each exporting CHOP is one or more channels, active only while the CHOP Viewer is on. The current value of a channel can be exported to a parameter of any operator, overriding that parameter's value. See Parameter.
Parameters in TouchDesigner are an operator's settings (numbers, menus, flags, strings, paths) which the user can alter. Parameters for any operator can be opened by right-clicking on the operator and selecting "Parameters..." A currently selected operator's parameters can be viewed in a Network Editor by pressing the keyboard shortcut 'p'.