The output of this node is a single stage holding the union of any time samples authored on each individual cook. This speeds up playback by eliminating cooking and minimizing updates sent to the viewport.
This node is also useful to enable motion blur in the viewport for transformation data authored in the LOP network.
A Cache LOP with a time dependent input node can eliminate the time dependency, if the entire frame range is cooked.
Specifies when and how frames are combined into the cache.
Always Cache All Frames
As soon as the node is cooked the first time, or whenever the input to the Cache LOP is modified, the node cooks the entire frame range and combines the results into a single stage.
This can be very expensive in both time and memory, however if you will be caching the entire frame range, this method provides the lowest average per-frame caching time.
Cache Cooked Frames
Frames of data are cooked and combined into the cache when that particular frame is requested.
This is more expensive per-frame than cooking multiple frames at once, but it provides the best time to first result. The Extend Cooked Cache parameter can be used to cause additional frames of data to be cooked automatically so that motion blur can be displayed in the viewport when using this mode.
Cache Up To Cooked Frames
This is a hybrid of the Always Cache All Frames and Cache Cooked Frames choices. When a particular frame’s data is requested, this LOP cooks and caches all frames from the start of the range up to the requested frame.
This option is useful when the cooked data is coming from a simulation, where it might be very expensive to go back and cook earlier frames. This option also obeys the Extend parameter to allow motion blur to work in the viewport.
Cache Rolling Window of Frames
In this mode, only a small set of frames is ever in the cache. This reduces memory usage considerably when scrubbing through the timeline, however it must recook the specified range of time samples every time a frame of data is requested from this node.
In this mode, the Cache node is always time dependent, even after playing back an entire simulation.
The first frame, last frame, and increment size (in frames) between each cook request made of the input to populate the cache. The first two values control the range of frames over which the Cache should apply, and the third value allows the stage to be super-sampled for improved motion blur, or sub-sampled to preserve memory (at the cost of accuracy, as USD simply uses linear interpolation between time sampled values).
Extend Cooked Cache
When Cache behavior is "Cache Cooked Frames" or "Cache Up to Cooked Frames", this controls how far beyond the requested time the cache should be extended. A non-zero value here will allow motion blur to be presented in the viewport (if motion blue is supported by the render delegate).
When Cache behavior is "Rolling Window", this controls the size of that rolling window. The Before value should be set to a positive number that is subtracted from the current frame. The After value controls how far into the future this LOP should cook when a given frame’s data is requested. The Inc (increment) value, like on the Start/End/Inc parameters, allows sub-frame sampling, which may give more accurate motion blur.