A pipe is anything that allows the transfer of data from one process to another. The primary way to move data in TouchDesigner is by using specially designed Operators, listed below:
|Images||Touch In TOP||Touch Out TOP|
|Channels||Touch In CHOP -OR- Pipe In CHOP||Touch Out CHOP -OR- Pipe Out CHOP|
|Data||TCP or UDP||TCP or UDP|
An Operator Family that creates, composites and modifies images, and reads/writes images and movies to/from files and the network. TOPs run on the graphics card's GPU.
A way of moving data from one TouchDesigner process to another. Images are moved via Touch Out / In TOPs, channels are moved via Touch Out / In CHOPs and Pipe Out / In CHOPs. Data moves via TCP/IP or UDP.