- Faster Performance with Optimized Python Expressions and Cached Expression Results.
- Faster startup and launch times.
- RealSense TOP updated to work with D-series cameras D415 and D435.
- AJA video devices get GPUDirect mode for reduced latency.
- Support for Ximea cameras.
- Audio Render CHOP uses Steam Audio SDK for spatial audio in TouchDesigner.
- Dante audio better supported with all ASIO processing now in 32 bit floats.
- Hokuyo CHOP connects Hokuyo laser scanners using ethernet or serial connections.
- PosiStageNet CHOP reads data from the PosiStageNet protocol.
- DMX and sACN bugs fixes and improvements in the DMX In CHOP and DMX Out CHOP.
- Alembic SOP and C++ SOP give you more options to get geometry into TouchDesigner, both with GPUDirect mode.
- PreFilter Map TOP enables prefilter of Environment Lights using spatial harmonics.
- Layout TOP offers fast layout of multiple TOP inputs in rows, columns, or grids.
- NDI performance boosted with support for faster encoding formats.
- Movie File Out TOP gets H.265 and HAP encoding and Image Sequence recording.
- GLSL allows the use of #include statements and Geometry Shaders have new built-in functions and features.
- S Curve CHOP simplies the creation of beautiful S-curves.
- Privacy now works additioally with CodeMeter License Dongles.
- OP Snippets launches in current process to the example for your currently selected operator.
- Parameter Help on every parameter by simply rolling over it while holding 'alt/option' key.
- GPU times now reported in Performance Monitor, Probe tool, pop-up info on nodes, and via python methods.
- Panel COMPs get scrollbars and rendering improvements.
- Parameter COMP and Custom Parameters updated to make more flexible and fast to setup.
- Python updates to Quaternion Class, Matrix Class, OP_Class, App Class, Window COMP Class and Monitor Class and more.
- TDAbleton, Kantan Mapper, moviePlayer and more tools updated.
- SDK updates include FBX 2017.1, Oculus 1.16.0, OpenVR 1.0.14, RealSense libRealSense 2.11.0.
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- The Getting Started Tips will help you install TouchDesigner and get it keyed and running.
- Go through First Things to Know about TouchDesigner to get an introductory overview.
- Follow along Best of the Best Workshop videos and Matt Ragan's 2-day Intro to TouchDesigner workshop.
Tutorials and Workshop Videos
- Tutorials and Videos from Derivative - Start with the quick primer "First Things to Know about TouchDesigner" followed by the Best of the Best videos.
- Matthew Ragan's TouchDesigner Tutorials - An excellent resource for learning TouchDesigner covering over 100 topics from a great teacher.
- More User-Contributed Tutorials - More excellent videos from experienced TouchDesigner artists.
- Derivative Workshop Recordings on Youtube - A growing collection of Derivative workshop recordings as well as videos from previous TouchDesigner Summits.
- See also Category:Videos
Online Courses (paid)
- TouchDesigner Workshops by Lich Pfad Studio & Stanislav Glazov - Excellent resource for GLSL, Geometry Shaders in particular and general introduction as well as intermediate material.
- TouchDesigner Tutorials by Elburz Sorkhabi & nVoid - Covering advanced topics such as Optimization, Render Picking, WebAPIs, GLSL and more.
- Learning TouchDesigner by Scott Pagano on Lynda.com - An 4h fundamentals course on TouchDesigner.
- Browse the Wiki Categories. Also explore the navigation bar on the left using the links or search field.
- Operator Help pages - All the node types of TouchDesigner.
- Introduction to Python - An introduction to Python scripting in TouchDesigner. Python Reference is also available for a full list of python classes.
- TouchDesigner Tips - A collection of short how-to tutorials showing you how to accomplish certain tasks.
- Search documentation using the wiki advanced search page.
- Offline Help - Access the wiki when you are not connected to the internet by pre-downloading the offline documentation package.
Sample Components, Tools and Examples
- OP Snippets - Hundreds of examples found via (1) the Help -> Operator Snippets menu, or (2) right-click on any operator in any network, or (3) right-click on any operator in the OP Create menu.
- Palette Browser - In the menu Dialogs -> Palette Library, or the left-pane of the default TouchDesigner.
- .tox Component forum - User-contributed components.
- General forums - Where to get any questions answered.
- Gallery forum - What people have created with TouchDesigner.
- .tox Component forum - A collection of helpful community build components.
- Facebook - Join us on Facebook and keep up to date with the latest TouchDesigner projects.
- TouchDesigner Help on Facebook- Massively Helpful Facebook Help Group for TouchDesigner run by users.
- Vimeo - Videos posted by the TouchDesigner community on Vimeo.
- Twitter - Follow us on Twitter @1null1
- Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently asked questions about TouchDesigner.
- Books - A list of books written about TouchDesigner.
- CHOPCHOPCHOP - A marketplace for TouchDesigner Components.
- GitHub projects - Browse GitHub for a wide range of user submitted projects.
- Resources - Textures, devices, movies, audio and more.
A text string that contains data (string, float, list, boolean, etc.) and operators (+ * < etc) that are evaluated by the node's language (python or Tscript) and returns a string, float list or boolean, etc. Expressions are used in parameters, DATs and in scripts.
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.
The Graphics Processing Unit. This is the high-speed, many-core processor of the graphics card/chip that takes geometry, images and data from the CPU and creates images and processed data.
The tool built-in to TouchDesigner that analyzes and displays what TouchDesigner is doing as it generates an image.
A built-in panel in TouchDesigner that contains a library of components and media that can be dragged-dropped into a TouchDesigner network.