Getting Confident with CHOPs in TouchDesigner

Membership plan: Free | Topics: Visual Arts

Course overview

In this workshop you will explore using CHOPS in creative and technical ways in TD.  You’ll look at how to create and manipulate channel data via a myriad of techniques. CHOPs provide a unique way of creating data for parameter automation. The combination of procedural editing of channel and sample data provides you with a wide range of creative techniques for visual experimentation. To attend this workshop, it is recommended that you have taken the free on demand course Getting Started with TouchDesigner.

What you'll learn

  • Workshop 1: Overview of the CHOP family
  • Workshop 1: Building blocks of a CHOP
  • Workshop 1: Interfacing a CHOP to other operators
  • Workshop 1: Explore practical examples using CHOPs
  • Workshop 2: Learn the Time Slicing concept
  • Workshop 2: Learn the most useful and underrated CHOPs
  • Workshop 2: Learn handling MIDI, sensor, and audio data
  • Workshop 2: Explore practical examples using CHOPs

Who is this course for?

  • Visual artists looking to enhance their use of CHOPs in TD
  • Visual artists who wish to create visuals in TouchDesigner using CHOP data

Course content

  • Workshop File
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. CHOP building blocks
  • 3. Referencing/Exporting + Exercise
  • 4. Exercise Solution
  • 5. Instancing Examples
  • Workshop File
  • 1. Time Slicing
  • 2. Patterns, Tips & Tricks
  • 3. Input devices, Senors & Examples


  • A computer and internet connection
  • TouchDesigner latest version (non-commercial suffices)
  • A three button mouse

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Function Store (Dániel Molnár) is a Berlin based artist and developer creating interactive installations and audio-visuals. He has a software engineering background, diving deep into TouchDesigner and related tools in the past few years. He enjoys building complex systems and tools that are modular, reusable and user-friendly. He is working with agencies and musicians to create interactive experiences, live visuals and digital content, and has a YouTube channel where he shares some of his secrets.

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