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This CHOP takes translate, rotate, and/or scale channels from its input and combines them into a single transform. It can be used to compute the world transform using the output of a ObjectChain CHOP.
The format of the input channel names are expected to follow the
object_name:parameter_name format where _object_name_ is specified by the
Chain Name parameter and _parameter_name_ is a name matching:
[xr]Ord t[xyz] r[xyz] s[xyz] scale p[xyz] length.
length channel is given, then the transform will be treated like a
bone. Namely, its child bone transform will have a parent transform of
(0, 0, -length).
The channel values of xOrd and rOrd are integers corresponding to regular transform/rotation order menus. If a particular channel is missing from its input, the default object parameter values will be used instead.
The name of the output channels will use the last name specified in the Chain Names parameter.
In Transform Order
Specifies the transform order when the
xOrd channel is absent.
In Rotation Order
Specifies the rotation order when the
rOrd channel is absent.
Specifies the _object_name_ to be used for channels in the Rest
input. The order of the names will be interpreted as the hierarchy
of the object chain. If the value is
*, then the chain names
will be taken from the second input, in the order in which they
If an additional name that does not exist from the input is given, then the length of the previous bone object will be used to move its position to the end of the bone.
The name of the output channels will use the last name specified in this parameter.
Specifies the token used for pre-transforms of the Chain Names. The full channel name used will be the chain name, pre-transform name, and parameter name all concatenated together in this order.
Out Transform Order
Specifies the transform order of the output channels.
Out Rotation Order
Specifies the rotation order of the output channels.
Specifies pivot value used for output channels.
Specifies which channels to output. This is useful to avoid creating extra channels whose values will be assumed to be the default elsewhere
Use Rotation Hint
If enabled, the Hint parameter will be used.
If Use Rotation Hint is enabled, this parameter will be used as the approximate starting value for the rotation channels. If Use Rotation Hint is disabled, then it is equivalent to using a value of (0, 0, 0).
Some of these parameters may not be available on all CHOP nodes.
To determine which channels get affected, some CHOPs have a scope string. Patterns can be used in the scope, for example
* (match all), and
? (match single character).
The following are examples of possible channel name matching options:
Matches a single channel name.
chan3 tx ty tz
Matches four channel names, separated by spaces.
Matches each channel that starts with
Matches each channel that has
foot in it.
? matches a single character.
t? matches two-character channels starting with t.
Matches number ranges giving
[xyz]matches three characters, giving channels
Sample Rate Match
The Sample Rate Match Options handle cases where multiple input CHOPs’ sample rates are different.
Resample At First Input’s Rate
Use rate of first input to resample others.
Resample At Maximum Rate
Resample to highest sample rate.
Resample At Minimum Rate
Resample to the lowest sample rate.
Error if Rates Differ
Does not accept conflicting sample rates.
The units for which time parameters are specified.
For example, you can specify the amount of time a lag should last for in seconds (default), frames (at the Houdini FPS), or samples (in the CHOP’s sample rate).
When you change the Units parameter, it does not convert the existing parameters to the new units.
Time Slicing is a feature which boosts cooking performance and reduces memory usage. Traditionally, CHOPs calculate the channel over its entire frame range. If the channel does need to be evaluated every frame, then cooking the entire range of the channel is unnecessary. It is more efficient to calculate only the fraction of the channel that is needed. This fraction is known as a Time Slice.
Causes the memory consumed by a CHOP to be released after it is cooked and the data passed to the next CHOP.
The Export prefix is prepended to CHOP channel names to determine where to export to.
For example, if the CHOP channel was named
geo1:tx, and the prefix was
/obj, the channel would be exported to
You can leave the Export Prefix blank, but then your CHOP track names need to be absolute paths, such as
Every CHOP has this option. Each CHOP gets a default color assigned for display in the Graph port, but you can override the color in the Common page under Graph Color. There are 36 RGB color combinations in the Palette.
Graph Color Step
When the graph displays the animation curves and a CHOP has two or more channels, this defines the difference in color from one channel to the next, giving a rainbow spectrum of colors.
This example demonstrates an example usage of the TransformChain CHOP.
The following examples include this node.