Multiple Monitors

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Output to Multiple Monitors[edit]

Multiple monitors are also known as: second monitor, multi-monitors, right monitor, dual monitors, multi-display, multi-display.

TouchDesigner can send video out to multiple projectors, monitors and recorders. TouchDesigner can run single-monitor or across many monitors.

For Windows 7: On the Desktop background, rightclick -> Screen Resolution -> Multiple Displays -> Extend These Displays.

For Windows 8/10: On the Desktop background, rightclick -> Display Settings -> Multiple Displays -> Extend These Displays.

For macOS: System Preferences -> Displays -> Arrangement -> Mirror Displays = Off.

All graphics cards now let you have two+ monitors. The easiest way to get video on 3 to 6 monitors is to use Geforce 680 GTX and up, Quadro 5000 and up, equivalent AMD Radeon cards, along Matrox DualHead2Go or TripleHead2Go or Datapth X4 monitor expansion devices. With a DualHead2Go on each of the 2 video outs on the graphics card, you can get 4 monitors, and it looks like 2 double-wide monitors to Windows.

TIP: TouchDesigner will run fastest in Perform Mode if you combine all your panels into one Window COMP.

Roll Your Own - The Easy Way[edit]

Simply use the Window component.

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Additional Setup Tips[edit]

  • Perform Mode can be turned On and Off with the Shortcut keys F1 (On) and Esc (Off).
  • The Always on Top parameter in the Window COMP forces TouchDesigner to always be the top-most visible window.


See also Using Multiple Graphic Cards, Window COMP, Window Placement Dialog

The width and height of an image in pixels. Most TOPs, like the Movie File In TOP can set the image resolution. See Aspect Ratio for the width/height ratio of an image, taking into account non-square pixels.

Strictly refers to a window in Microsoft Windows. User-created windows are made with Panels inside Window Components, aside from the TouchDesigner editor window and its dialogs.

An Operator Family that contains its own Network inside. There are twelve 3D Object Component and eight 2D Panel Component types. See also Network Path.