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==TouchDesigner User Guide==
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'''[http://www.derivative.ca/099/downloads/ DOWNLOAD]'''
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=== What's New ===
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To find out what's new in the latest Official builds, read our '''[https://derivative.ca/community-post/2020-official-update 2020 Official Announcement]'''.
  
=== [[What's New in 099]] ===
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=== Release Notes ===
'''Highlights'''
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Head to the [[Release Notes]] for a full changelog and details on the current build.
* '''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 bits.
 
* [[Hokuyo CHOP]] connects to [http://www.hokuyo-aut.jp/search/single.php?serial=166 Hokuyo laser] scanners.
 
* [[PosiStageNet CHOP]] reads data from the [http://www.posistage.net PosiStageNet] protocol.
 
* '''DMX''' and '''sACN''' bugs fixes and improvements in the [[DMX In CHOP]] and [[DMX Out CHOP]].
 
* [[Alembic SOP]] and [[CPlusPlus SOP|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 Dongle]]s.
 
* [[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 Component|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|Quaternion Class]], [[matrix_Class|Matrix Class]], [[OP_Class]], [[app_Class|App Class]], [[windowCOMP_Class|Window COMP Class]] and [[monitor_Class|Monitor Class]] and more.
 
* [[TDAbleton]], [[Palette:kantanMapper|Kantan Mapper]], [[Palette:MoviePlayer|moviePlayer]] and more tools updated.
 
* '''SDK''' updates include '''FBX''' 2017.1, '''Oculus''' 1.16.0, '''OpenVR''' 1.0.14, '''RealSense libRealSense''' 2.11.0.
 
  
For the complete picture, see [[What's New in 099|What's New in 099]], and [[Release Notes]] for a full changelog.
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For the latest in the Experimental builds, see [[Release_Notes/099/Experimental|Experimental Release Notes]].
  
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=== Downloads ===
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[https://derivative.ca/download/archive Download Official Builds] - A complete list of current and past official builds.
  
'''[[Updates|Updating]]''' to the most recent build requires a key whose 'Update Date' is after the build's compile date. Check your license's 'Update Date' in the Keys section of your profile at [http://www.derivative.ca derivative.ca]. If your key is out of date, purchase '1 Year of Updates' from the store to update it for use with the most recent builds.
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[https://derivative.ca/download/experimental Download Experimental Builds] - An archive of all experimental builds.
  
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=== Licensing ===
  
[[TouchDesigner Non-Commercial|Non-Commercial]] licenses are available for personal, educational, or evaluation purposes. If you or your organization are compensated for your work with TouchDesigner, you must have a [[TouchDesigner Commercial|Commercial]] or [[TouchDesigner Pro|Pro]] license. For a comparison of licenses see [[Licensing]].
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[[TouchDesigner Non-Commercial|Non-Commercial]] licenses are available at no charge for personal, educational, or evaluation purposes. If you or your organization are compensated for your work with TouchDesigner, you must have a [[TouchDesigner Commercial|Commercial]] or [[TouchDesigner Pro|Pro]] license. For a comparison of licenses see [[Licensing]].
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'''[[Updates|Updating]]''' to the most recent build requires a key whose 'Update Date' is after the build's compile date. Check your license's 'Update Date' in the Keys section of your profile at [https://www.derivative.ca derivative.ca]. If your key is out of date, purchase '1 Year of Updates' from the store to update it for use with the most recent builds.
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=== Forum and Support ===
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Report your problems or ask questions in our [https://forum.derivative.ca/ Support Forum].
  
  
 
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Revision as of 16:14, 20 February 2020

TouchDesigner User Guide[edit]

What's New[edit]

To find out what's new in the latest Official builds, read our 2020 Official Announcement.

Release Notes[edit]

Head to the Release Notes for a full changelog and details on the current build.

For the latest in the Experimental builds, see Experimental Release Notes.

Downloads[edit]

Download Official Builds - A complete list of current and past official builds.

Download Experimental Builds - An archive of all experimental builds.

Licensing[edit]

Non-Commercial licenses are available at no charge for personal, educational, or evaluation purposes. If you or your organization are compensated for your work with TouchDesigner, you must have a Commercial or Pro license. For a comparison of licenses see Licensing.

Updating to the most recent build requires a key whose 'Update Date' is after the build's compile date. Check your license's 'Update Date' in the Keys section of your profile at derivative.ca. If your key is out of date, purchase '1 Year of Updates' from the store to update it for use with the most recent builds.

Forum and Support[edit]

Report your problems or ask questions in our Support Forum.


Getting Started[edit]

Tutorials and Workshop Videos[edit]

  • TouchDesigner Official Youtube - A growing collection of Derivative tutorials and workshop recordings, as well as videos from previous TouchDesigner Summits.
  • AllTD.org - An excellent resource that compiles learning materials in multi-languages from the broad TouchDesigner community, thanks to Jan Gryczan in Berlin.
  • Tutorials Page - A full list of tutorials available. Including user-contributed and older 088 legacy sections.

Online Courses (paid)[edit]

Documentation[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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.

Derivative Forums[edit]

White Papers and Topics[edit]

Other Resources[edit]

  • 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
  • Books - Books to help you learn TouchDesigner. NEW! Writing GLSL Shaders
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently asked questions about TouchDesigner.
  • CHOPCHOPCHOP - A marketplace for TouchDesigner Components.
  • GitHub projects - Browse GitHub for a wide range of user submitted projects.
  • Resources - Textures, devices, animations, movies, audio and more.

A built-in panel in TouchDesigner that contains a library of components and media that can be dragged-dropped into a TouchDesigner network.