Time Slice CHOP

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The Time Slice CHOP outputs a time slice of samples. It is used to generate smooth in-betweens when TouchDesigner cannot cook/draw fast enough and keep up with the animation's frames per second. When you send it to a Record CHOP or Gesture CHOP, you will see the channels recorded and playing back more smoothly.

The number and names of channels does not change between input and output, but the output's frame range is a time slice: it goes from the previous frame that TouchDesigner cooked plus one, to the current frame.

For example, assume the TouchDesigner frames per second is four frames to remain realtime. Say the input to the Time Slice CHOP is a slider which only gets sampled when TouchDesigner draws. We will have slider values for frames 231 and 235, but there are no slider values for frames 232, 233 and 234, the current frame is 235, and the previous frame that TouchDesigner cooked and drew was frame 231. It had to skip.

When the Method is set to Linear in this example, the Time Slice CHOP will output a "time slice" which is a 4-sample CHOP for frames 232 to 235, and the values at frames 232 to 234 will be the values interpolated between the slider at frames 231 and 235.

Therefore any CHOPs after the Time Slice CHOP, like Gesture, Record or Lag CHOP will get smooth data going into it, even though TouchDesigner isn't cooking every frame.

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Parameters - Time Slice Page

Method method - - How to sample the input CHOP to create the output time slice. If the input CHOP is not time sliced and lies outside the current time slice region, its extend regions will be sampled.

  • Hold hold - Sample the input at the current time each cook to produce a constant valued time slice.
  • Linear linear - Sample the input at the current time each cook and interpolate from the last cook value to this current value.
  • Trim trim - Output the input, trimmed to the current time slice range.

Quaternion Blend quatrot - Rotation channels blended using quaternions. Channels must be tagged as rotation channels (For example with the Attribute CHOP or Object CHOP).


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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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.

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 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.