Delete CHOP

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The Delete CHOP removes entire channels and/or individual samples of its input.

For deleting channels, on the Channels page, you can specify which channels to delete by channel name or a channel number range. A second method deletes channels using a value range to select channels whose values are all within a range. The third method deletes constant-valued channels. An option selects whether to delete or retain the matched channels.

For deleting individual samples (i.e. no channels are deleted), on the Samples page you can delete, for example, only the samples whose value is below 0, which will shorten the length of the CHOP.

In CHOPs with two or more channels, one or more "compare" channels are used to determine which samples are to be deleted. By default it uses the first channel to compare against. Deleting a sample at a certain index deletes a value for all the channels. If there are 4 channels, red, green, blue, alpha and you specify alpha as the "compare" channel, you can delete all the samples with an alpha of 0. If a CHOP is 3 channels with an X,Y,Z position, you can delete all samples where the XYZ length is below a threshold.

This is useful, for example, for thinning your data before sending a CHOP to a Geometry component for instancing.

When all the samples are deleted, the CHOP will keep one sample for all channels and will have a length of one sample. When this happens, if you have an Info CHOP attached to the Delete CHOP, it's

See also Splice CHOP, Select CHOP, Trim CHOP

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Parameters - Channels Page

Delete Channels delchannels - Toggle to enable channel deleting.

Delete discard - - Determines whether the scoped channels should be deleted or retained:

  • Scoped Channels scoped - The scoped channels are deleted. The rest are output.
  • Non-scoped Channels nonscoped - The scoped channels are output. The rest are deleted.

Select Channels select - - How to select channels - By Name, or By Numeric index.

  • By Channel Name byname -
  • By Channel Number bynum -

Channel Names delscope - Enter a scope pattern here to specify the names of channels to delete or extract. You do this by specifying a scope pattern, as detailed in Pattern Matching.

The default scope pattern t* will scope the translation channels: tx, ty, and tz , or any other channel whose name starts with t.

Channel Numbers selnumbers - The indices of the channels to delete or extract. - See possible number patterns below.

Channel Value chanvalue - - Chooses the type of value range selection:

  • Off off - Don't perform range selection.
  • Channel Completely Within Range complete - All the channel's samples must be within the specified range for it to be selected.
  • Channel Partially Within Range partial - At least one of the channel's samples must be in the range for it to be selected.
  • Channel Completely Outside Range outside - None of the channel's samples can be in the range for it to be selected.

Value Range selrange- - The lower and upper values of the range used for Range Selection.

"" selrange1 -


"" selrange2 -

Select Constant Valued Channels selconst - Select channels which have the same value for all samples. These kinds of channel name patterns are used to select existing channels in an input CHOP, see Pattern Matching for details.

Also these kinds of channel number patterns can be used to select existing channels in an input CHOP:

  • 0 1 4 - Matches the first, second and fifth channel.
  • [0-4] - Matches the first five channels.
  • [3-9:2] - Matches channels at indices 3,5, 7 and 9.


Parameters - Samples Page

Delete Samples delsamples - Toggle to enable sample deleting.

Channels to Compare compchans - - How to select channels used to compare against criteria - By Name, by Numeric index, by using the First Channel, or by using the Last Channel.

  • Use First Channel firstchan -
  • Use Last Channel lastchan -
  • By Channel Name byname -
  • By Channel Number bynum -

Channel Names compnames - Enter a scope pattern here to specify the names of channels to be used as compare channels. You do this by specifying a scope pattern, as detailed in Pattern Matching.

Channel Numbers compnums - The indices of the channels to be used as compare channels, the default being 0, the first channel. - See possible number patterns above.

Multi-Compare Channels compmulti - - If there is more that one compare channel, this determines how to treat the values in the compare channels before checking against the criteria:

  • Any Chan in Range any - Delete the sample if any of the compare channels meets the criteria.
  • All Chans in Range all - Delete the sample if all the compare channels meets the criteria.
  • Add add - Add all the compare channels and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.
  • Subtract sub - Subtract all the compare channels from the first and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.
  • Multiply mul - Multiply all the compare channels and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.
  • Divide div - Divide the first channel by rest of the compare channels and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.
  • Average avg - Find the average of all the compare channels and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.
  • Minimum min - Find the minimum of all the compare channels and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.
  • Maximum max - Find the maximum of all the compare channels and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.
  • Length len - Assume all the compare channels are vectors and find their length, and delete the sample if the result meets the criteria.

Delete Condition condition - - Choose the criteria for the samples to be compare against:

  • Less Than Value 1 less - Delete if the comparing samples are below Value 1.
  • Greater Than Value 1 greater - Delete if the comparing samples are above Value 1.
  • Equal to Value 1 equal - Delete if the comparing samples are equal to Value 1.
  • Not Equal to Value 1 notequal - Delete if the comparing samples are not equal to Value 1.
  • Inside Range inside - Delete if the comparing samples are inside the range assigned by Value 1 and Value 2.
  • Outside Range outside - Delete if the comparing samples are outside the range assigned by Value 1 and Value 2.

Value 1 value1 - Set a value for Value 1.  

Include Value 1 inclvalue1 - Toggle the inclusivity of Value 1.

Value 2 value2 - Set a value for Value 2.  

Include Value 2 inclvalue2 - Toggle the inclusivity of Value 2.

Delete Compare Channels deletecomp - Determines whether the compare channels should be deleted or retained.

One Sample if All Deleted onesample - Leaves one sample even when all samples are deleted.


Parameters - Common Page

Time Slice 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 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.

Export Method 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 geo1/transform1:tx.

Export Root autoexportroot - This path points to the root node where all of the paths that exporting by Channel Name is Path:Parameter are relative to.

Export Table 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 which operate on Channels (a series of numbers) which are used for animation, audio, mathematics, simulation, logic, UI construction, and many other applications.

A CHOP outputs one or more channels, where a channel is simply a sequence of numbers, representing motion, audio, etc. Channels are passed between CHOPs in TouchDesigner networks. See also Export.

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.

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.

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.

An Operator Family that manipulates text strings: multi-line text or tables. Multi-line text is often a command Script, but can be any multi-line text. Tables are rows and columns of cells, each containing a text string.

The location of an operator within the TouchDesigner environment, for example, /geo1/torus1, a node called torus1 in a component called geo1. The path / is called Root. To refer instead to a filesystem folder, directory, disk file or http: address, see Folder.

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'.

TouchDesigner is a hierarchy of components. "root" is the top-most network in the hierarchy. The Path is simply /. A typical path is /project1/moviein1.