Load image data from a file or files
In a compositing network, use the tab menu to
create a File node, or use the 'Add File
Operator' dialog (`) to load one or more image sequences
(one File node will be created for each
sequence). When using 'Add File Operator, you can skip step 2
as it is done automatically.
Choose the file or sequence to load in the File
The node interprets paths without a frame number (for example,
default.pic, butterfly1.pic) as single images. If the filename
numbers, it considers the last number (ignoring the extension)
to be the frame number of the image.
For numbered files, the node calculates the frame range
automatically by searching the other files in the directory.
The node will replace missing or bad frames with black or
neighboring frames, depending on the value of the Missing
frames parameter. The node cannot detect missing frames at
the beginning or end of the sequence, though it will replace
You can optionally load a lower-resolution “proxy” version of
large file(s) to make compositing faster, if you have the
proxy files available. On the Proxy tab, enter the
filename pattern for the proxy files in the appropriate
For example, if you have half-resolution proxy images, choose
one of the half-resolution files in the 1/2-Res Proxy
If some frames don’t have proxy images, Houdini will just use
the full-sized frame.