The Serial CHOP is used for serial communication through an external port, using the RS-232 protocol. These ports are usually a 9 pin connector, or a USB port on new machines. (Using a USB port requires a USB-to-serial adaptor and driver.) All of a computer's available serial ports can be found in the Device Manager under the Windows operating system. Their names begin with 'COM'. Example: COM1, COM2, COM3, etc.
This CHOP monitors changes in its input channels, and sends the corresponding script through the serial connection.
Any ASCII numeric digits '0'..'9' that are received, are stored and reflected in the output channel named 'return'.
When you need to receive more complex data, other than simple ASCII numbers use the Serial In DAT.
Time Slicetimeslice - 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.
Scopescope - To determine which channels get affected, some CHOPs use a Scope string on the Common page.
Sample Rate Matchsrselect - ⊞ - 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 Ratefirst - Use rate of first input to resample others.
Resample At Maximum Ratemax - Resample to the highest sample rate.
Resample At Minimum Ratemin - Resample to the lowest sample rate.
Error If Rates Differerr - Doesn't accept conflicting sample rates.
Export Methodexportmethod - ⊞ - This will determine how to connect the CHOP channel to the parameter. Refer to the Export article for more information.
DAT Table by Indexdatindex - Uses the docked DAT table and references the channel via the index of the channel in the CHOP.
DAT Table by Namedatname - Uses the docked DAT table and references the channel via the name of the channel in the CHOP.
Channel Name is Path:Parameterautoname - The channel is the full destination of where to export to, such has geo1/transform1:tx.
ExportRootautoexportroot - This path points to the root node where all of the paths that exporting by Channel Name is Path:Parameter are relative to.
Export Tableexporttable - The DAT used to hold the export information when using the DAT Table Export Methods (See above).
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 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/circle1, a node called circle1 in a component called geo1. The path / is called Root. This path is displayed at the top of every Pane, showing which Component's network you are currently in. 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.