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Motion Processing

Nodes » Video Processing » Motion Processing

Method These nodes analyse a video for movement, and give outputs based on that movement. Can be applied to all the same nodes as the Video Processing group.

Video Processing

Nodes » Video Processing

Method Video processing nodes control video post-fx in the scene. Video Processing nodes can be parented to these nodes, and will output an effect. Render To Texture All Video Processing Nodes (although you will mostly use Video Source and Video Null) Aside…

Video Motion Blur

Nodes » Video Processing » Motion Processing » Video Motion Blur

Method This node applies a motion blur using motion vectors generated from an input Optical Flow node. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In…

Image Processing

Nodes » Video Processing » Image Processing

Method These nodes analyse and modify the image with different effects. Can be applied to all the same nodes as the Video Processing group. Unlike Post-FX nodes (many of which are shared with these nodes), these do not affect the parent with the effect and instead…

Image Processing

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing

Method These nodes analyse and modify the image with different effects. p. Image Processing nodes can be applied directly to all the same nodes as the rest of the post-fx nodes. Gallery Auto Key Colour Mask Bit Crush …

Colour Processing

Nodes » Post-FX » Colour Processing

Method Colour Processing nodes are used to modify the colours in an image. Colour Processing nodes can be applied directly to all the same nodes as the rest of the post-fx nodes. Gallery Apply Colour LUT Colour Grading…

Nodes

Nodes

This is the Notch node reference. Notch node types: Cameras: Cameras define the point of view, perspective and aspect from which the scene is rendered. Cloning: Cloners instantiate multiple copies of geometry nodes – such as 3D Objects, Text Nodes and Shape…

Nodes

Nodes » Nodes

Method This section contains a group of mostly miscellaneous nodes. Clip Box Colour Colour Ramp Comment CSV/Table Entry As Text Debug Log Image 2D Image File Loader Layer Precomp Mapping Motion Direction Follower Motion Predictor OSC Output Parent To…

Motion Datamosh

Nodes » Post-FX » Stylisation » Motion Datamosh

Method Generates Datamoshing using the movement vectors of the image, or an input velocity image. !This node is framerate dependent. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name…

Motion Blur

Nodes » Post-FX » Blur » Motion Blur

Method This node adds motion blur to objects in the scene. Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Blend Amount Changes the opacity of the new effect over the original image. Active Turn the…

Motion Predictor

Nodes » Nodes » Motion Predictor

Method This node predicts the motion of a node it is following – causing it to be positioned ahead of the current location of that node. Attributes Name Description Prediction Type How much the predicted position affects the…

Render Nodes

Nodes » Procedural » Render Nodes

Method These nodes convert the procedural distance field into rendered geometry, voxel grids, or other systems. The nodes are deprecated, and while they may still function they are better replaced using other nodes or systems : Heightmap Generator Marching Cubes…

Motion Direction Follower

Nodes » Nodes » Motion Direction Follower

Method This node generates its rotation angles using the motion of the node it is following. This allows it to be used to point an object in the direction of motion of the following node. Inputs Name Description Typical Node Input …

Direction-Weighted Motion Modifier

Nodes » Modifiers » Direction-Weighted Motion Modifier

Method This node detects how much an input object moves in a particular direction, and outputs a value based on it. Attributes Name Description Cone Angle Movement cone angle for which movement within the cones direction will count toward…

Execute Child Nodes

Nodes » Logic » Execute Child Nodes

Method Allows you to enable or disable the execution of connected child nodes at runtime. This is useful for menu systems or general logic. Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Execute Children Nodes …

Supported Video Codecs

FAQ » Supported Video Codecs

Notch supports the following video codecs natively: DXV2 HAP HAPQ NotchLC PhotoJPEG Notch also supports the following codecs via QuickTime (be aware of variations between 32-bit and 64-bit): AVI Animation (RLE)

Exporting Video

User Interface » Exporting Video

Method How to export a video from Notch. Settings Label Description Export Type Choose various export file types. Filename Choose the file name and path to the file will be saved once rendered. …

Video Exporter

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing » Video Exporter

Method This node captures the video from the view port and exports to a chosen directory. It is important to note that even if this node is attached to multiple Camera’s, it will only run if that Camera is being used in the scene. To render multiple…

Video Loader

Nodes » Video Processing » Input Output » Video Loader

Method This node is the source for an imported video or image source from the resources window. Images or videos brought into the scene will by default use this node. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect…

Video Capture

Devices & Protocols » Video Capture

Capture Methods There are multiple ways to bring video capture data into Notch, depending on your scenario. Notch Builder / Playback: Using DirectShow / MediaFoundation compatible capture cards. Embedded in Media Server: The MediaServer provides routing from their…

Video Null

Nodes » Video Processing » Video Null

Method Creates a copy of the upstream video node, which can then be modified/effected without affecting the original. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. …

Video Feature Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Video Feature Emitter

Method This node emits particles from an image or video by extracting feature points from the image or video frame. The image or video may be set directly using the Image attribute, or taken from a node connected via the Video Node attribute. Features are extracted by…

Video In Source

Nodes » Video Processing » Input Output » Video In Source

Method Use input from a video capture source (DirectShow / Media Foundation). See Video Capture for further details. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. …

Video Sampler Modifier

Nodes » Modifiers » Video Sampler Modifier

Method This node outputs a value based the luminescence values of specific pixels from a video input. Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Sample Location U Point along the U axis that is sampled.…

Video NDI Source

Nodes » Video Processing » Input Output » Video NDI Source

Method Use input from an NDI IP video stream. See NDI topic for step by step instructions on how to use NDI in Notch. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. …

Rendered Video Source

Nodes » Video Processing » Input Output » Rendered Video Source

Method Output the rendered image from a Render Layer node for other nodes to use. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In Viewport Preview…

Input Output

Nodes » Video Processing » Input Output

Method These nodes control where video is imported from, and where video is output to. Can be applied to all the same nodes as the Video Processing group.

Feature Tracking

Nodes » Video Processing » Feature Tracking

Method Feature tracking nodes detect and track features in an image. These nodes are currently under development, so your mileage may vary. Can be applied to all the same nodes as the Video Processing group.

Post-FX

Nodes » Post-FX

Method Post-FX nodes are mostly effects added onto an image, after the scene is rendered. These can vary from Colour Correction to FXAA antialiasing, and are generally used to enhance an image. The order of operations are decided based on the Y value of the node in…

Image Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Image Emitter

Method This node emits particles from an image or video. It can make use of motion vectors to make particles track the motion of a video once emitted. The image or video may be set directly using the Image attribute, or taken from a node connected via the Video Node…

Node Hierarchies

Node Hierarchies

Data Flow Nodes are connected in a parent / child hierarchy. This is first and foremost a transform hierarchy: parent transformations are applied to the child, composited with the child’s own transformation – so the parent moves the child with itself. The…

Notch 0.9.21 Release Notes

Release Notes » Notch 0.9.21 Release Notes

New Software/hardware support: Notch Builder is now available as 64-bit Added support for the NotchLC video codec Added support for importing Alembic files. Added support for 64-bit standalone exports. Updated to FBX SDK 2019.0. Added support for converting…

Voronoi 2D

Nodes » Post-FX » Generators » Voronoi 2D

Method Generate delaunay triangulation based on a particle system. This process is computationally expensive. Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the…

Render To Texture

Nodes » Nodes » Render To Texture

Method This node renders all its child nodes and their sub-trees to a separate off-screen texture / precomposition. This texture may then be applied anywhere that takes an image or video node as input: materials, video nodes, Image2D nodes, Image Planes and so on.…

Particle Root

Nodes » Particles » Particle Root

Method This node is the root and container for every particle system. Particle Emitters, Particle Affectors and Particle Rendering Nodes must be parented to this node directly or indirectly in order to be operational. The node contains a number of controls that are…

Modifiers

Nodes » Modifiers

Method Modifier nodes modify the attributes in other nodes. Most work with numerical values, but some nodes like the OSC Text String output text or RGB colours. Modifiers can be applied to almost any attribute of a node, simply double click a node in the nodegraph…

Field Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Field Affector

Method This node samples velocities from a Field node and applies them to particles. This can be used to apply motions generated on a field, e.g. via a fluid solver, and apply them to a particle system so the particles move with the field. The magnitude of the…

Trail Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Trail Emitter

Method This node emits particles from the positions of other currently active particles from other emitters. This is used to create trails of particles. This node is typically connected as a child of another emitter node. When connected in this way it only emits…

Face Tracker

Nodes » Video Processing » Feature Tracking » Face Tracker

Method This node searches an image for faces. When a face is found a pre-defined arrangement of vertices, forming a simple 2D mesh, are searched for and tracked across multiple frames. *Looking for an example? Download the free samples, which includes multiple Face…

Stylisation

Nodes » Post-FX » Stylisation

Method These nodes modify the image. Stylisation nodes can be applied directly to all the same nodes as the rest of the post-fx nodes. Gallery 3D Object Outline Cross Hatch Digital Block Glitch Digital Chroma…

Mesh Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Mesh Emitter

Method This node emits particles from a 3D mesh. The mesh must be connected via the “Object Nodes” input, and can be a 3D Object node, a Shape 3D node, a Text node or a Depth Camera / Kinect Mesh. If no suitable node is connected then no emission will…

Render Layer

Nodes » Nodes » Render Layer

Method This node renders all its child nodes and their sub-trees to a separate composition layer within the scene. Composition layers share the same camera view and may share the same depth space but have different render targets, allowing them to have their own post…

Intel Realsense 2.0 Camera Setup

Devices & Protocols » Intel Realsense 2.0 Camera Setup

Introduction Just like the Kinect, the Intel RealSense can be used to with Notch in a number of ways, such as generating meshes, emitting particles, generating fields, and using the depth and color images in video processing chains. !The suitability of RealSense for…

Depth Of Field

Nodes » Post-FX » Blur » Depth Of Field

Method This node renders a depth of field blur effect on the 3D scene based on the distance of each pixel from the camera. This attempts to simulate the behaviour of the focus effects of a real camera lens, whereby there is a point of focus and then areas in front and…

Blur

Nodes » Post-FX » Blur

Method Blur nodes defocus images, making them appears less clear. These are useful in many scenarios, from cleaning up the harsh edges on a key mask to creating depth of field for the image. They follow the same order of operations as all the other post-fx…

Kinect Setup

Devices & Protocols » Kinect Setup

Introduction Notch can read both RGB and Depth data from both the Kinect v1 or v2. You can use this data in a whole variety of ways, from generating meshes, emitting particles, generating fields, and using the depth and colour images in video processing chains.…

Optimising 3D Scenes for Notch

FAQ » Optimising 3D Scenes for Notch

Working in real-time allows for great speed, flexibility and experimentation vs offline rendering / video. But projects designed to run in real-time have one key consideration that video doesn’t: performance. Performance of most real-time 3D scenes is limited…

Image File Loader

Nodes » Nodes » Image File Loader

Method This node loads an image from disk based on a specified filename. The image is loaded when the filename changes. This node is typically controlled via Javascript, external input or an RSS feed. The image file is loaded in line with other processing so may…

Auto Key Colour Mask

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing » Auto Key Colour Mask

Method This node automatically creates a keyed mask for a video. Raw texture Processed texture Retouched texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Active …

Particle Bounding Box

Nodes » Particles » Particle Bounding Box

Method This node generates a bounding box around the positions of the particles in the connected Particle Root Node. This is typically used for nodes which work on a limited bounding region such as Field Nodes which need to track a particle simulation that has an…

3D Object

Nodes » Geometry » 3D Object

Method This node renders a 3D object that has been imported from an external file in one of the supported 3D object file formats: Lightwave LWO, Wavefront OBJ, Cinema4D and FBX. As well as being rendered directly, 3D Object nodes may also be used as an input for…

Volumetric Tracer

Nodes » Procedural » Render Nodes » Volumetric Tracer

Method Renders a procedural as a volume. Unlike the Volumetric Generator node, this volume is not restricted to a bounded region of space. This allows a free camera flight through the volume without needing to animate or switch bounding boxes. This node is highly…

Viewport

User Interface » Viewport

Window This window show the actual scene, and what will be rendered / output by Notch into other tools. Top Bar Label Description Translation Switch to the translate gizmo. Rotation Switch to the rotate…

RSS Feed Node

Nodes » Interactive » RSS Feed Node

Method The RSS Feed node combs data from an RSS feed from the Internet. Requires an Internet connection to function properly. The elements of the RSS feed may be accessed using the RSS Text Selector, displayed using Text nodes or Image Plane nodes. Additional…

Affectors

Nodes » Particles » Affectors

Method Particle Affector nodes modify particle motion. Affectors can be connected to a Particle Root node or a Particle Mesh Deformer, which makes them effect every particle in the system. Alternatively they can be connected to a Emitter Node, whereby they only…

Multiplex Sources

Nodes » Video Processing » Input Output » Multiplex Sources

Method This node takes multiple video inputs and outputs a single video based on the Source Index attribute. All connected video nodes are treated as active, even if they are not currently being used. Attributes Name Description Preview In…

Face Tracking Geometry

Nodes » Geometry » Face Tracking Geometry

Method This node generates a 2D mesh using the predefined structure of the geometry generated by the Face Tracker node: 68 vertices linked as triangles with texture coordinates. It takes as input a Face Tracker node, which is required for the node to render anything.…

Root

Nodes » Nodes » Root

Method The Root node for the scene, controlling the basic menu and other important scene attributes. Attributes Name Description Background Colour Change the background colour. Backdrop Glow Defines the “glow”…

Render Particles To Surfaces

Nodes » Particles » Rendering » Render Particles To Surfaces

Method This node renders particles onto nearby 3D surfaces. This means that instead of rendering particles directly into space, they instead appear as splats on 3D geometry, only being visible when they are close enough to 3D geometry. This is particularly useful when…

Generate Weightmap Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Generate Weightmap Deformer

Method This deformer node generates per-vertex weight values which can be used by other nodes – particularly other deformers – as part of their processing. Deformers such as the 3D Plasma Deformer have an input called “Generated Weightmap”…

Parent To Vertex

Nodes » Nodes » Parent To Vertex

Method This node parents a child node to follow the transformation values of the selected vertex, particle or point – allowing nodes to be attached to the motion & transform of particles, points or blobs. This node can be applied directly to these nodes. 3D…

Point Renderer

Nodes » Particles » Rendering » Point Renderer

Method This node renders a point sprite for every particle. A point sprite is a quad which is positioned in 3D space, is rotated to face the camera and may be textured. This is the most commonly used rendering node for particle effects. Particles can be sorted in…

Screen Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Screen Emitter

Method This Emitter emits particles only from objects within the cameras view. Particles can be emitted from other layers by adding a Render Layer node as an input to this node. Example Transform Name Description …

Point Cache Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Point Cache Emitter

Method Emits particles from the points in a Point Cache. This is useful for saving on mesh processing cost by re-using a single point cache for multiple emitters as well as other features such as lighting and cloning. Example …

Project Upgrade Guide

FAQ » Project Upgrade Guide

Summary There are often reams of small (and large) improvements and bug fixes between one release and the next. Sometimes a bug fix or improvement changes behaviour that improves things going forward, but makes old projects look different when loaded in the latest…

Physics / Rigid Body Root

Nodes » Physics » Physics / Rigid Body Root

Method The Rigid Body Root node is the root node of a rigid body physics system. Every node using physics that is parented directly or indirectly to a Rigid Body Root node is part of the same physics system and will interact with each other. 3D Objects, Primitives,…

Fields

Nodes » Fields

Introduction A field is a grid of voxels. A voxel is a 3D pixel that contains the following data: “Ink” – RGBA Colour information “Movement Vector” – XYZ Vector By holding colour / “ink” information in the voxel,…

Custom Shader Post Effect

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing » Custom Shader Post Effect

Method This node allows you to write your own custom shaders for use as a Post FX within the Notch nodegraph. Notch shaders are written in HLSL and use the D3DX Effect framework which allows for multiple techniques and passes and access to all of the pipeline stages.…

Turbulence Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Turbulence Affector

Method This node applies turbulence to the particle motion. This is typically used to apply local variations to particle movement and simulate small gusts of wind. The motion is generated by using a smoothed noise field for both the direction and the magnitude of the…

Nodegraph

User Interface » Nodegraph

Main Window This window contains the node based scripting tools for Notch. Nodegraph Controls Label Description Copy Copy the currently select node or nodes. Cut Copy and delete the currently selected node…

Particle Bone Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Particle Bone Deformer

Method Use a particle a particle system to affect the bones of a 3D Object or Shatter Primitive 3D nodes. Attributes Name Description Physics Velocity Dampening Dampen the changes in velocity for smoother movement. Fixed…

Perception Neuron Mocap Skeleton

Nodes » Geometry » Perception Neuron Mocap Skeleton

Method This node reads bone data from a Perception Neuron motion capture suit and applies it to Bone nodes, either via direct input links or by a connection to the root of the target hierarchy. A network connection must be made to the Axis Neuron software which…

Frame Delay Frame

Nodes » Video Processing » Image Processing » Frame Delay Frame

Method This node delays the image played by a specified frame amount, based on an input frame delay node. Requires a Frame Delay input to function, with a “num frame delay” larger than this nodes frame index value. Attributes Name…

Displacement Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Displacement Deformer

Method This node displaces the vertices of a mesh using noise, fractal noise, a grid, an input image or a video node. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X …

Raytracer

Nodes » Raytracer

Method These nodes deal with our internal Ray Tracing engine.

Layer Precomp

Nodes » Nodes » Layer Precomp

Method This node pre-composites a layer so it can be rendered inside another layer. Any exposed values from inside that layer will also be carried over into the new layer. *Multiple nodes in one scene will rerender that original layer, so make sure to use as few…

Particle Cache Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Particle Cache Emitter

Method This node emits particles from a pre-created particle cache. Particles will follow the motion of the particles in the cache once emitted. Particle caches can be created from the Particle Root Node. Transform Name Description Position…

Mesh Renderer

Nodes » Particles » Rendering » Mesh Renderer

Method !Mesh Renderer is being deprecated and replaced by Clone to Particles which handles a wider range of meshes, including Shape 3D and Text nodes. This node renders an instance of a mesh at the location of every active particle. A 3D Object must be connected to…

Primitive Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Primitive Emitter

Method This node emits particles in the form of a 3D primitive shape. The Emitter Type parameter defines which shape is used. Particles can be emitted on the surface of the shape or inside the volume of the shape, depending on the Emit On Surface parameter. If the…

Geometry Exporter

Nodes » Geometry » Geometry Exporter

Method The Geometry Exporter node allows sequences, or single frames, of geometry to be exported as OBJs. The source object should be attached to the Geometry input of the Geometry Exporter node. All types of geometry source can be exported. The node is analogous to a…

Particles

Nodes » Particles

Method Particle nodes are nodes used in a particles system. This system starts with a Particle Root Node, and is built out with Emitter, Affector and Shader nodes, before finally being rendered to the camera with a Renderer node. The Particle Root Node contains the…

SPH Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » SPH Affector

Method This node simulates fluid dynamics on a particle system using the SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) simulation method. This is typically used to simulate liquid effects. It solves a fluid simulation by locally solving pressure forces between a particle and…

Curl Noise Fluid Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Curl Noise Fluid Affector

Method This node gives the affected particles a fluid-like motion. This is typically used to make particles move in a turbulent but spatially coherent manner with local eddies like smoke or liquid. The motion is generated procedurally using Curl Noise rather than…

Logic

Nodes » Logic

Method The Logic nodes are used to create a meta logic system within Notch. Time These nodes interact with the Notch projects playhead. Jump to Time Loop Time Selecting Nodes These nodes control the active or inactive state of the nodes below…

Colour and Depth Source

Nodes » Video Processing » Input Output » Colour and Depth Source

Method This node is similar to the Depth Camera / Kinect Source node, but instead combines two input images and generates a depth camera source from them. This can then be used with some of the other Depth Camera / Kinect nodes, such as the Depth Camera / Kinect…

Image Compression

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Compression

Method Compress or decompress images with different kinds of compression. Image Compression nodes can be applied directly to all the same nodes as the rest of the post-fx nodes. Compress UV Animation DXT Compression Decompress UV Animation

Distortion

Nodes » Post-FX » Distortion

Method Changes the shape of the image in different ways. Distortion nodes can be applied directly to all the same nodes as the rest of the post-fx nodes. Gallery Distortion Dither Line Distortion Noise RGB…

VR 360 Camera

Nodes » Cameras » VR 360 Camera

Method VR 360 Camera enables every direction of view to be rendered at the same time in a spherically mapped manner, allowing the creation of VR 360 Videos for use with a wide range of viewers. Stereoscopic 360 videos can also be generated, which utilise two…

Antialiasing

Nodes » Post-FX » Antialiasing

Method These nodes calculate better antialiasing than the default. Antialiasing nodes don’t apply to the same nodes as the rest of the Post-Fx nodes, and instead, function on these nodes, Cameras (will only be applied when the scene is viewed through a…

Replace Colour

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing » Replace Colour

Method This node mask out a colour, and replace it with a difference colour. Raw texture Processed texture Retouched texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description …

Field Position-Based Warp

Nodes » Post-FX » Warping » Field Position-Based Warp

Method This node warps an image based on the movement vectors of an input field. The field movement vectors are used to deform a position lookup grid over time, which is then used to sample the image every frame. This allows animating deformations to be applied to…

Flocking Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Flocking Affector

Method This node simulates a flocking behavior on a particle system. This is typically used to make particles behave like a flock of birds or a shoal of fish. The simulation solves several different behaviour goals: making particles move towards their goal position…

Fluid FLIP Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Fluid FLIP Affector

Method This node simulates fluid dynamics on a particle system using the FLIP (FLuid In Particle) or PIC (Particle In Cell) simulation methods. This is typically used to simulate smoke, gas and other fluid effects. This works by transferring particle forces to a grid,…

Scripting

Nodes » Scripting

Method Scripting nodes allow for project behaviour to be scripted using Javascript.

Warping

Nodes » Post-FX » Warping

Method These nodes take an image and stretch or squash them in different ways. Warping nodes can be applied directly to all the same nodes as the rest of the post-fx nodes. Gallery table(table-wide). Bezier Warp Bump…

Object Distance Field Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Object Distance Field Affector

Method This node simulates collisions between particles and a 3D object. It uses signed distance fields to calculate collisions which enables some other effects to be achieved, such as attraction and repulsion from object surfaces or making particles flow around the…

Field Root

Nodes » Fields » Field Root

Method The field root node controls the physical dimensions and density of the voxel grid as well as its simulation properties. Setting the “Up-Res Distance Field” parameter will run the density data at twice the width, height and depth of the velocity…

Field Level Set Root

Nodes » Fields » Field Level Set Root

Method Field Level Sets use the same field structure as the Field Root Node – but instead of containing densities (“ink”), they contain an isosurface (distance field): each cell stores the distance to the surface. This means that while fields are…

Image Plane

Nodes » Geometry » Image Plane

Method This node is used to render an image or video on a plane in 3D space. The image may be set directly via the Image parameter or linked via the Video Node input. Image Plane nodes have similar rendering options to other geometry nodes such as 3D Objects or…

Auto Bounding Box

Nodes » Geometry » Auto Bounding Box

Method This node generates a bounding box based on the combined size of nodes input into the nodes Bounds Nodes input. Inputs Name Description Typical Node Input Bounds Nodes Input nodes from which a combined bounding box will be…

Point Lights From Vertices

Nodes » Lighting » Point Lights From Vertices

Method Add Lights into the scene at the vertices of a mesh. !This node has a maximum point input of 128, so any more particles and the lights will Begin to flash as the pick different vertices on each re-render. Example Example…

Exposable Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Exposable Camera

Method This camera is designed to be controlled directly by a media server when running as a block. This is useful for use with Augmented Reality camera tracking setups, where the media server is receiving the camera tracking data. *See this video to see this feature…

Spline Attractor

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Spline Attractor

Method This node attracts particles towards a spline shape. The particles will flow along the spline towards a goal point which moves from the beginning to the end of the spline at a rate determined by the Spline Rate parameter. The splines used by this node are…

GetNumChildren()

Javascript » API Reference » Node Object » GetNumChildren()

Purpose Returns the number of child nodes. Syntax int GetNumChildren(); returns an integer of the number of child nodes. Example function Update() { layer = Document.FindLayer("My Layer"); node = layer.FindNode("Frame Buffer"); n =…

GetNumNodes()

Javascript » API Reference » Layer Object » GetNumNodes()

Purpose Returns the number of nodes in the layer. Syntax int GetNumNodes(); returns an integer of the number of nodes in the layer. Example function Update() { layer = Document.FindLayer("My Layer"); var x = layer.GetNumNodes(); }

Primitive Collision Affector

Nodes » Fields » Affectors » Primitive Collision Affector

Method This node allows fields to collide with the surface of primitive 3D shapes. The field will flow around or bounce off the shape’s surface and be prevented from entering it. Example Image Example Nodegraph …

Texturing

Nodes » Procedural » Texturing

Method These nodes allow for textures to be applied to the procedural system. Gallery Meshing Texture Map

Deformers

Nodes » Fields » Deformers

Method These nodes deform the entire field system at render time, without changing the underlying simulation. Sine Deformer

FFT Blur / Glow

Nodes » Post-FX » Blur » FFT Blur / Glow

Method This node performs a blur operation in frequency space using a Fast Fourier Ttransform (FFT). This allows any size of blur to take the same amount of processing time – even for huge blur kernels – at the cost of the conversion of the image into…

Slit Scan

Nodes » Post-FX » Stylisation » Slit Scan

Method This nodes generates a slitscan effect, where previous frames are stacked from left to right across the frame. !When you use the Frame delay with the Slit scan, the Slit Scan will use the Frame Delays image buffer instead of its own. This means that if the…

VR Look-At Trigger

Nodes » Interactive » VR Look-At Trigger

Method This node allows you to create effects based on what the VR user is looking at. The target is a cuboid region specified by the scale and position. When the user looks at the defined space, the Current Value parameter will increase (at a rate defined by…

Key Colour Mask

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing » Key Colour Mask

Method This node masks out a colour. Raw texture Processed texture Retouched texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Active Turn the effect on or off. …

Creating VR / 360 Videos

VR » Creating VR / 360 Videos

Introduction Notch is able to treat, animate, augment and export VR / 360 videos all in one tool with completely real-time editing and in-headset preview – an offering not available in any other package.¬†Key to creating VR / 360 content is the ability to create…

Material

Nodes » Materials » Material

Method Create a material that can be applied to particles, 3D meshes and other objects in a 3D scene. Material Name Description Colour The colour of the material. Specular Colour The colour of specular light reflected from…

Ambient Light

Nodes » Lighting » Ambient Light

Method Add a light that affects all surfaces in the scene with a base ambient light level. *This is a great tool for adding light to dark and shadowed areas. Example Nodegraph Example Transform Name…

Depth Camera / Kinect Mesh

Nodes » Geometry » Depth Camera / Kinect Mesh

Method This node generates a mesh based on Kinect camera data from a Depth Camera / Kinect Source connected via the “Colour Image Node” input. If no source is connected, this node is ineffective. The mesh is based on a subdivided plane of quads, displaced…

Directional Light

Nodes » Lighting » Directional Light

Method Add a directional light node to a scene to produce ambient directional lighting throughout. Light is emitted in a parallel direction at the normal to an infinite plane. *Directional lights do not cast shadows. Example Nodegraph…

Area Lights From Polygons

Nodes » Lighting » Area Lights From Polygons

Method This node emits light from a polygonal mesh. All polys must be rectangular. The light is emitted based on quads, so tri-gons or n-gons will not calculate properly. A maximum of 128 polys is allowed. Lights are generated per poly, so if you tessellate to…

Image Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Image Affector

Method This node is used to attract or repel particles from pixels in an image. This is typically used to make particles form into a given image. The image can be set directly using the Image attribute or connected from a video node via the Video Nodes input. The…

Generators

Nodes » Generators

Method These nodes generate different black and white effects that can be overlayed, or used to modify other nodes. Also fields. Lots of cool stuff with fields. Generators can be applied directly to these nodes, however, if applied to other nodes it will affect the…

Emitters

Nodes » Particles » Emitters

Method Emitter nodes spawn particles that can be manipulated in a particles system. Any Emitters need to be connected to a Particle Root node, and they will only spawn particles within that particle system unless modified appropriately. Every emitter has a…

Cloning

Nodes » Procedural » Cloning

Method These nodes clone the generators used in a procedural mesh, creating repeating patterns similar to Cloner Systems. Gallery Clone Mirror Repeat

Select Child Node

Nodes » Logic » Select Child Node

Method Allows you to selectively enable or disable the execution of connected child nodes at runtime based on an index. Only one child node can be active at a time, but when used in conjunction with Null or Execute Child Nodes, you can add a tree of child nodes. This…

CSG Operation

Nodes » Procedural » CSG Operation

Method This option allows to perform Boolean operations between the different generators. CSG Mode These options change how a this node combines with the rest of the procedural system. Replace, Replaces the previous procedural system. Union, Adds…

Displacement

Nodes » Procedural » Displacement

These nodes apply spatial displacements in a procedural. In contrast to mesh deformers they deform space rather than vertices. Gallery FBM Displacement Fluid Affector Melt Onion Pyroclastic Displacement…

Frame Feedback

Nodes » Post-FX » Blur » Frame Feedback

Method This node overlays the previous frame over the current frame. To further manipulate the feedback frame, add more post-fx nodes to the output. Raw texture Processed texture Modified texture Example Nodegraph…

Rendering

Nodes » Fields » Rendering

Method Rendering nodes visualise the field or control how it is rendered and shaded. Any Rendering nodes need to be connected to a Field Root node, and will only render fields within that field system (unless modified appropriately). Rendering …

Temporal Antialiasing

Nodes » Post-FX » Antialiasing » Temporal Antialiasing

Method This node anti-aliases the incoming image using the Temporal Anti-Aliasing technique. This compares the previous frame with the current frame to smooth the differences between the two and eliminate jittery movement in the scene, at the expense of a more blurry…

Materials

Nodes » Materials

Method Material nodes control how light interacts with the surfaces of objects. These nodes will accept a material input as a material. 3D Object Slice Geometry Shape 3D Shatter Primitive 3D Text Multi Material (Used to create new materials from other…

Effectors

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors

Method Effector nodes modify the transformation values of clones in cloner node systems. Effectors are hooked into Cloning nodes as inputs. Gallery FFT Effector Image Effector Plain Effector Randomise Effector …

Generators

Nodes » Procedural » Generators

Method These nodes serve the purpose of generating a distance field for use in a procedural. Usually, the starting point in the process of creating a procedural surface or volume is to add one of these nodes. Gallery 3D…

Mocap Stream

Nodes » Geometry » Mocap Stream

Method This node allows a pre-recorded motion capture data stream to be used as a proxy / replacement for live motion capture data on the Perception Neuron Mocap Skeleton node. When this node is connected to the Perception Neuron Mocap Skeleton’s “Mocap…

Area Light

Nodes » Lighting » Area Light

Method Emit light from a rectangular area, giving a soft light across a scene. An image texture can be input to emit light from the image based on a texture. *This light is great for producing a long flat light source. Example …

Rendering

Nodes » Particles » Rendering

Method Rendering nodes visualise the particles by spawning images, meshes or trails. Multiple rendering nodes may be connected to the same particle system, allowing the same particles to be rendered in multiple different ways at once. Any Rendering nodes need to be…

Screen Projection

Nodes » Nodes » Screen Projection

Method This node reprojects the main render onto a quad in 3D space, then outputs the result into the UV space of that quad. This allows content to be rendered from the point of view of a camera and reprojected onto a quad that represents an LED screen, then producing…

Generators

Nodes » Post-FX » Generators

Method These nodes effect the input image by compositing mathematically generated patterns onto them. Generators nodes don’t affect all the same nodes as the rest of the post-fx nodes, as each node functions differently. The Gradient 2D node and Gradient…

Shading

Nodes » Particles » Shading

Method Shading nodes change the colour or position of the particles in various ways. Some shading nodes are used to tint particles based on their own individual attributes such as their life or velocity; others consider them as a system and shade them by density of…

Sound

Nodes » Sound

Method These nodes control sound and sound output in Notch. They can be applied to any node in Notch and will either play sound in the scene, or record sound from an audio input device. Outputs can be used as an input to other nodes to drive effects such as the FFT…

Particle Mesh Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Particle Mesh Deformer

Method Vertices of the 3D Mesh are manipulated as particles by a particle affector. Example Example Bin Example Project Attributes Name Description Physics Velocity Dampening Dampen the changes in…

Clone To Image

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Image

Method This node is used to clone 3D objects to pixels in an image or video, using the pixel colours to scale, offset or colour the clones. 3D objects are cloned to positions in a regular 2D grid in the XY plane, with the number of cells defined by the Num Clones X…

Lighting

Nodes » Lighting

Method Lighting nodes are nodes that control lighting in a scene. Most emit light from different shapes or objects, but some control how light is emitted or scattered in the scene. Lighting nodes are generally hooked into the Root node, although they can be applied…

Cameras

Nodes » Cameras

Method Cameras are used to view a 3D scene. Cameras are generally hooked into the Root node, although they can be applied to any node – they will still appear in the scene as long as there is a path to a Root node; they will inherit the transformation values…

State Machine

Nodes » Logic » State Machine

Method The definition of a state machine is: a logic device which can be in one of a set number of stable conditions depending on its previous condition and on the present values of its inputs The Notch State Machine system allows certain nodes to become active on…

Managing Performance in Media Servers

Media Servers » Managing Performance in Media Servers

Introduction Unless your media server has a ‘side-car’ GPU dedicated to Notch rendering, your Notch effects will be sharing the same GPU processor as the media server software. Successful shows require an understanding of GPU resources. When rendering at…

User Interface

User Interface

Overview The Notch User Interface is broken into several main sections: Resource Window, Where all the media files can be imported for use in Notch. Properties Window, Where attributes of nodes can be changed or altered for different variations on…

Multi-GPU

FAQ » Multi-GPU

Is Notch Multi-GPU compatible like …insert raytracing renderer… ? The short answer: Notch currently only supports rendering a frame on a single GPU as multi-GPU gains are fractional. To understand why this is the case it’s important to understand…

UV Camera

Nodes » Cameras » UV Camera

Method Renders the contents of a connected 3D objects surface back into its UV texture map. This is most commonly used with media servers for projection mapped objects, where Notch renders the contents of the object’s surface and passes it to the media server…

Mapping

Nodes » Nodes » Mapping

Method This node controls how texture coordinates (UVs) are generated for a given material or piece of 3D geometry. This allows UVs to be created procedurally, e.g. via planar, spherical or camera perspective mappings. The Mapping node acts on a Material…

Combine Colour Grades

Nodes » Post-FX » Colour Processing » Combine Colour Grades

Method Combine multiple Colour Grading nodes together before use on the parent image or scene. Attributes Name Description Blend Amount Changes the opacity of the new effect over the original image. Max Range Set a maximum…

Image

Nodes » Procedural » Generators » Image

Method Create a 3D shape by using the luminance of an input image as a mask. Example Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local…

Generate Fertilizer Times Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Generate Fertilizer Times Deformer

Method This node generates fertilizer values for meshes without any built-in. Fertilizer uses point weightmaps to erode the surfaces of a mesh. As this node works on the shader edges, so it is not affected by the Root nodes anti-aliasing. You can still use any of…

Light

Nodes » Lighting » Light

Method Add a Light node into the scene. *Attach the Target Node input to any object, to have the light track that object. *The default light node is a spotlight, in the node properties use the Light Type drop-down menu to toggle between Spot, Omni, Directional, Area…

Colour

Nodes » Nodes » Colour

Method Generates a colour which can be input into various nodes. Attributes Name Description Colour Control the colour to be output. Brightness The intensity of the colour. Inputs Name Description…

Procedural

Nodes » Procedural

Method In Notch a procedural is a 3-dimensional field of signed distances. This is often known as a Signed Distance Field. An SDF alone does not represent geometry, but surfaces and volumes can be extracted from the field and rendered conventionally. Notch provides…

Timeline

User Interface » Timeline

Top Bar This window lists all of the layers and effects in the current project, useful for sequencing and timing effects to run together. Timeline Controls Label Description Copy Copy the currently select node or nodes.…

Spline Follower

Nodes » Nodes » Spline Follower

Method This node translates a child object along an input spline. The child may also optionally be rotated to point along the direction of the spline. Attributes Name Description Spline Time The percentage along the spline the child…

NDI

Devices & Protocols » NDI

What is NDI? NDI is an IP video streaming protocol developed by NewTek. Notch accepts NDI sources into the nodegraph via the Video NDI Source node. Receiving an NDI stream *To test/experiment with NDI we recommend utilising the Newtek NDI Tools pack to test your…

VR

VR

VR Introduction Notch offers an incredibly simple yet powerful workflow for Virtual Reality. Adding a single node enables VR or VR / 360 video in your scene. Virtual Reality is divided into two output types: Headset VR (Oculus / HTC Vive) VR / 360 Video (YouTube…

Cylindrical Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Cylindrical Camera

Method Cylindrical Camera enables a 360 degree panoramic render. *Focal parameters are only effective when used in combination with the Depth of Field nodes. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in…

Spline

Nodes » Geometry » Spline

Method This node defines a spline in 3D space from a number of control points. Control points are specified by linking Null nodes to the Spline Nodes input. The position of each Null is used as the position of the control point; the rotation of the Null is used to…

Luminance

Nodes » Video Processing » Image Processing » Luminance

Method This node generates the incoming images luminescence values. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Inputs Name Description Typical Node Input…

Geometry

Nodes » Geometry

Method Geometry nodes all generate or are modified by geometry. Geometry is generally hooked into the Root node, although they can be applied to any node – they will still appear in the scene as long as there is a path to a Root node; they will inherit the…

Interactive

Nodes » Interactive

Method Interactive nodes give outputs based on various kinds of live inputs. Most work with numerical values, although the RSS Feed Node and RSS Text Selector output a text string, and the Mouse Picker outputs translation data. Interactive nodes can be applied to…

Rigid Body Collision Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Rigid Body Collision Affector

Method This node simulates collisions between particles and a Rigid Body Systems. Attributes Name Description Collision Velocity Scale Scales the velocity of the particle after a collision so they can be made to slow down. Point…

Affectors

Nodes » Fields » Affectors

Method Affector nodes modify the velocities of voxels in a field. Affectors need to be connected to a Field Root, and they will only affect voxels within that field system (unless modified appropriately). Gallery Curl…

Value As Text

Nodes » Nodes » Value As Text

Method This node converts any numerical value to a string, which can be input into other nodes – typically the Text node. Attributes Name Description Value Numerical value to be converted to a string. Num Decimal Places…

Physics

Nodes » Physics

Method The nodes in this section allow you to create simple physics systems and dynamic movements for objects in your scene. Generally you create a physics system by hooking up 3D Objects and Shape 3D’s to a Rigid Body Root, and adjusting their internal Physics…

Capture Sound

Nodes » Sound » Capture Sound

Method This node captures sound from an incoming audio device to modify attributes in the scene. You can select which Audio Device to use using the Audio Devices Menu. Attributes Name Description Input Channel Select which audio channel…

Cloning

Nodes » Cloning

Method Cloning nodes clone 3D objects in various ways. Cloning is supported for 3D Objects, 3D Shapes, and Image Planes. Cloning is rendered using hardware instancing on the GPU, making it performance efficient. To clone an object it must be parented to the output of…

FAQ

FAQ

Apple macOS/OSX Support Extending GPU Timeout Detection Frame Rate, Resolution and YOU! Issues starting Notch Multi-GPU Optimising 3D Scenes for Notch Project Upgrade Guide Supported Video Codecs

Devices & Protocols

Devices & Protocols

Method This section contains some information on the various protocols and external devices that can be used with notch. ArtNet Audio Devices Kinect Setup NDI OSC Video Capture Web / HTTP API

State Machine State

Nodes » Logic » State Machine State

Method The State Machine State acts as a parent to a set of child nodes. When the state is active, the child nodes will be executed / rendered. This node should be parented to a State Machine node. The state can have one or multiple State Machine Events connected to…

Procedural Root

Nodes » Procedural » Procedural Root

Method This node is the root and container for every procedurals system. Procedural Generators, Procedural Cloners and Procedural Rendering nodes must be parented to this node directly or indirectly in order to be operational. Example …

Using Notch in 7thSense Delta

Media Servers » Using Notch in 7thSense Delta

7th Sense Delta servers have native Notch playback support from version 4.2 (patch required) Features supported Pass textures/video from Delta to Notch (e.g. SDI capture) Pass textures/video out of Notch into Delta (the resulting output) Control parameters…

Volume Renderer

Nodes » Particles » Rendering » Volume Renderer

Method This node renders particles using a volume renderer. This causes space to be split into a 3D grid of cells and particles within each cell are accumulated together, before the cells are rendered to screen in depth order. This can give the appearance of a more…

Curve Editor

User Interface » Curve Editor

Main Window This window lists all of the keyed attributes for the selected nodes and shows how the values between the keys will be interpolated. Note that “interpolation” is also known as “easing”. Curve Editor…

Region Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Region Camera

Method Creates a camera whose view is fixed to a particular plane/region of space. This is very useful for generating content for tracking effects in physical space (e.g. Blacktrax). You can use real world measurements to set up the plane of space and then set a…

Multi Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Multi Camera

Method The Multi Camera node enables multiple camera views to be rendered simultaneously, for example for output to a single media server canvas. Multiple cameras are passed in via the Camera Nodes input and combined into the main canvas with the views arranged…

VR Headset Camera

Nodes » Cameras » VR Headset Camera

Method VR headset camera, currently compatible with the Oculus Rift Consumer Edition and HTC Vive. The camera reads the head tracking data from the VR headset and renders the appropriate view inline with the headset vendors specifications. See Using Headset VR for…

Proxy Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Proxy Camera

Method This node copies the camera transformations of the highest priority camera from the previous layer in the project. Only functions with “Layers As Separate Effects” turned off, as for this to work there must be a previously rendered layer to take…

Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Camera

Method Places a standard 3D camera in space. *Focal parameters, are only effective when used in combination with the Depth of Field nodes. *Attach the Target Node input to any object, to have the camera track that object. *To move the Camera to the Orbit Cameras…

Imported 3D Scene

Nodes » Geometry » Imported 3D Scene

Method This node instanciates a 3D scene which has been imported from one of the valid scene file formats: Lightwave LWS, FBX or Cinema4D. The scene resource must be set via the “Lightwave Scene” parameter. The scene is then rendered faithfully to the…

Hardware Tracking Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Hardware Tracking Camera

Method Hardware Tracking Camera receives data from external camera tracking systems and currently supports the NCAM system. Camera Frustum data is received from the tracking system (Position, Rotation, Field of View) and updates the camera in real time. Set up the…

Voxel Cone Shading

Nodes » Particles » Shading » Voxel Cone Shading

Method This node calculates lighting on particles using Voxel Cone Shading. This allows for soft shadows to be calculated that also take into account particle transparency. This effect must first voxelise the particles, which requires a limited spatial area denoted by…

Exposing Attributes

Media Servers » Exposing Attributes

Method Exposing properties allows other applications (e.g. media servers or via WebAPI) to control your scene in Notch, creating more dynamic and reactive effects. To expose a property, select the property settings button (?) next to the property you…

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

General Keys Description Ctrl + N Start a new Project. Ctrl + O Open a new Project. Ctrl + S Save the current Project. Ctrl + Shift + S Save the current Project as a new file. Ctrl +…

Deformers

Nodes » Deformers

Method Deformers change the positions of vertices in a parent mesh. Generally it’s used against the Shape 3D or 3D Object, or the Combine Geometry nodes. Gallery 3D Plasma Deformer Chunk Effector Deformer Colour…

Spline Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Spline Deformer

Method This node deforms a mesh using input nodes that dictate the path of the spline. Example Example Bin Example Project Attributes Name Description Shift Offset Move the centre point of the…

Javascript

Javascript

Welcome to Notch Scripting which aims to give you what you need to get started in your scripting journey. Notch employs a Javascript engine to allow you to programmatically manipulate the nodes in your scene. It is useful for building logic into your scene or…

Skybox

Nodes » Geometry » Skybox

Method This node defines a sky box which can be used as a background for a 3D scene. Sky boxes can be created from images that are arranged in a spherical or dual paraboloid format. The image is converted into a cube map to be used as a sky box. The cube map is stored…

Resize

Nodes » Video Processing » Image Processing » Resize

Method This node resizes an Image. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In Viewport Preview the alpha values in the viewport.…

Play Sound

Nodes » Sound » Play Sound

Method Play sound from an imported sound file. Once added to the nodegraph, the node will function without needing to be connected to the root node; useful for multi-layered projects, where a separate audio layer maybe required. Sound will be played through your…

Screen Space Reflections

Nodes » Lighting » Screen Space Reflections

Method Generate screen space reflections (SSR) for objects in the scene. To see this function, “Reflections” must be enabled in the objects material node or section. ! The material nodes Roughness attribute defines the clarity of the reflections, with…

Particle Emitter

Nodes » Fields » Emitters » Particle Emitter

Method This node generates colour/ink based on the positions and movement of particles from a particle system. The particles contribute both ink and velocities to the field. Example Attributes Name Description…

Loop Time

Nodes » Logic » Loop Time

Method This node allows you to set loop sections in either your current layer or globally. A loop section is an area of the timeline that you wish to repeat. Setting the Loop Time nodes start and end time, will define the loop section. To understand how loops work…

Planar Reflection

Nodes » Lighting » Planar Reflection

Method Add a planar reflection node to reflect objects in a scene. *Only renders in forward rendering, so many details will be missed, for example, it does not reflect shadows. Example Nodegraph Example …

Extruded Spline

Nodes » Geometry » Extruded Spline

Method This node extrudes n-gon shapes along a spline. The spline used to generate the shape must be connected via the Spline Sources input. Attributes Name Description Radius The radius of the shape to be extruded along the spline.…

Lines

Nodes » Geometry » Lines

Method This node draws lines between the positions of its input nodes, from source points to destination points. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its…

Fluid Affector

Nodes » Procedural » Displacement » Fluid Affector

Method Applies a fluid simulation as a deformation on a procedural. Example Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

FBM Displacement

Nodes » Procedural » Displacement » FBM Displacement

Method This node applies an FBM (Fractal Brownian Motion) deformation to the procedural. Example Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position…

Time Stretch

Nodes » Nodes » Time Stretch

Method This node stretches and adjusts the time being passed to all of its children and their respective subtrees that will be used for animation, keyframes and so on. It does not affect visibility as controlled by timeline bars. Attributes Name…

Rigid Body Collision Mesh

Nodes » Physics » Rigid Body Collision Mesh

Method The Rigid Body Collision Mesh node is used to allow rigid bodies to collide with a static, complex mesh – such as a displaced floor. Collisions with a Collision Mesh node use tests against polygons treated as thin planes. This is less robust than…

Orbit Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Orbit Camera

Method This node adds a Camera with a target the camera always faces and orients around, similar to the scene editing Orbit Camera. *Focal parameters, are only effective when used in combination with a Depth of Field node. *Attach the Target Node input to any…

Composite Sources

Nodes » Video Processing » Image Processing » Composite Sources

Method Composite two image sources to one image. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In Viewport Preview the alpha values in the viewport.…

Timecode As Text

Nodes » Nodes » Timecode As Text

Method Outputs the current timecode value – the current play time of the project timeline – as a string. This is useful for debugging and video annotations. Attributes There are no attributes for this node. inputs There are no inputs for this…

Collision Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Collision Affector

Method This node simulates collisions between particles and a 3D object. It uses ray traced intersections with triangles contained in a bounding volume hierarchy structure. This allows for fast, accurate collisions with 3D objects, but animating, generated or…

Mesh Attractor

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Mesh Attractor

Method This node is used to attract or repel particles from the surface of a given 3D object. This is typically used to make particles form into a given shape. Particles will use the closest point on the object’s surface to move towards or away from; this may be…

Emitters

Nodes » Fields » Emitters

Method Emitter nodes spawn the colour/Ink that can be manipulated in a field system. Any Emitters need to be connected to a Field Root node, and they will only spawn a field within that field system (unless modified appropriately). Emitters constantly emit new ink…

Javascript Node

Nodes » Scripting » Javascript Node

Method This node allows a custom JS script to manipulate parameters in the scene and other functions. For a full breakdown see the Javascript Section. Nodegraph Example of extracting output values from the Javascript Node. Attributes Name…

Fisheye Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Fisheye Camera

Method Places a camera with a wide fish-eye lens into the scene. This is done by rendering the scene six times based on a cube map, and stitched together. using the cube map resolution, you can increase the resolution for this render, but this should be done once an…

Manipulating the scene with JS

Javascript » Manipulating the scene with JS

Three methods for manipulating the scene There are three methods by which you can manipulate nodes of a given scene: Pass values out of a Javascript node using global variables, and then use these values in your Nodegraph Manipulate the exposed properties of a…

Tint

Nodes » Post-FX » Colour Processing » Tint

Method This node tints the overall colour in the image. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Active Turn the effect on or off. Values <…

Colour Ramp

Nodes » Nodes » Colour Ramp

Method This node outputs colours or gradients, based on the colours selected. Attributes Name Description Num Control Points Number of control colours. Selection Mode How the colours are selected and output. Individual…

Point Cache

Nodes » Lighting » Point Cache

Method Generates a set of points over the surface of an object or set of objects, within a given bounding box. The generated set of points is intended to be used in conjunction with other nodes. For example it can be used for lighting, particle emission, and cloning.…

Node Trail

Nodes » Geometry » Node Trail

Method This node creates a spline that follows the position of a node in the scene. At each frame update, a new point is added to the spline. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

Text

Nodes » Geometry » Text

Method This node generates and renders a 3D mesh from the text that has been generated according to various attributes using a supplied font. The font must be in TrueType or OpenType format and loaded as a Font resource. Text must be entered via the Text String…

Spline Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » Spline Emitter

Method This node emits particles from a spline shape. The splines used by this node are extracted from a 3D object which must be connected to the Object Nodes input for this node to have an effect. If The object that is connected contains no spline data this node will…

Channel Boolean

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing » Channel Boolean

Method This node swaps RGBA channels. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Blend Amount Changes the opacity of the new effect over the…

Crop

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Processing » Crop

Method This is node crops out a portion of a full image to strengthen the composition. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Active Turn…

Input Selector Modifier

Nodes » Modifiers » Input Selector Modifier

Method This node takes multiple input values and uses an index to select which to output. Attributes Name Description Current Value Shows the current value of the effect. Cannot be directly changed. Selected Index Select…

Using Notch in Hippotizer

Media Servers » Using Notch in Hippotizer

Green Hippo has native Notch playback support from version 4.2. Features supported Pass textures/video from Hippo to Notch (e.g. SDI capture) Pass textures/video out of Notch into Hippo (the resulting output) Control parameters exposed in the Notch project To…

Shadow Volume

Nodes » Lighting » Shadow Volume

Method Darkens a region of the scene, effectively as if it were a negative lightsource. Example Here a Shadow Volume is being used to add a soft shadow beneath the teapot. Example Nodegraph Transform Name…

DXT Compression

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Compression » DXT Compression

Method This node compresses an input image into DXT1 format and previews the result. This is a texture compression format which can be decompressed by the GPU directly in hardware, making it suitable for textures and also video which is to be played back on a GPU. DXV…

Using Notch in Ai

Media Servers » Using Notch in Ai

Avolites Ai supports the native playback of Notch Blocks from v9.1 in both it’s software and hardware versions. Features supported Pass textures/video from Ai to Notch (e.g. SDI capture) Pass textures/video out of Notch into Ai (the resulting…

Render Queue

User Interface » Render Queue

Method This window allows you to queue up multiple renders from a notch scene to run sequentially. To add a layer to the render queue, simply drag it from the timeline to the render queue. The same can be done with videos from the resources window. To edit the render…

Downsample

Nodes » Video Processing » Image Processing » Downsample

Method Downsample the resolution of the input image. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In Viewport Preview the alpha values in the viewport.…

Kinect1 Skeleton

Nodes » Geometry » Kinect1 Skeleton

Method This node controls the Kinect Skeleton tracked from a Kinect camera sensor. If this node is hashed out with red, this means the node isn’t active for some reason. Usually : Kinect isn’t on or hasn’t been connected to Notch. Kinect…

Kinect2 Skeleton

Nodes » Geometry » Kinect2 Skeleton

Method This node controls the Kinect Skeleton tracked from a Kinect 2 camera sensor. If this node is hashed out with red, this means the node isn’t active for some reason. Usually : Kinect isn’t on or hasn’t been connected to Notch. Kinect…

Stereo Camera

Nodes » Cameras » Stereo Camera

Method Places a 3D Camera in the space, which records two perspective views using the Interoccular distance, focused at a point in the centre of the camera and displaced from the camera by the Convergence Distance. The Images are then combined together, using the…

SDF Emitter

Nodes » Particles » Emitters » SDF Emitter

Method This node generates particles in a filled volume inside of an input 3D object. This requires that the input object is converted to a 3D signed distance field representation. Objects with animation or deformation are not supported. This node is typically used…

Gradient 2D

Nodes » Post-FX » Generators » Gradient 2D

Method This node generates a 2D gradient. It is usually used as an input into other nodes, such as the Tilt Shift and Voronoi 2D nodes. Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move…

Image 2D

Nodes » Nodes » Image 2D

Method This node displays an image in 2D space on top of the rendered scene, with no respect paid to the 3D camera, viewport or objects within it. This is useful for displaying full screen images, overlays and so on. Transform Name Description …

Clone To Procedurals

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Procedurals

Method This node generates a clone system based on the procedural generator nodes. A clone is generated at every voxel inside the field. Example Transform Name Description Position X Changes the x…

Lighting

Nodes » Particles » Shading » Lighting

Method This node shades particles based on scene lighting. The lighting calculation is an approximation based on the particle’s distance to the light and its facing direction, which is determined by either the particle’s normal if available or the…

Introduction

Introduction

Welcome to the Notch Reference Manual. This manual features detailed information on the use and operation of Notch Builder, including keyboard shortcuts, node details, working with Javascript and devices & protocols, how to export and run content as standalone…

Upsample

Nodes » Video Processing » Image Processing » Upsample

Method This node upscale the resolution of the image. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In Viewport Preview the alpha values in the…

Project Image

Nodes » Lighting » Project Image

Method Add a projection image node to a scene, link an image and project it onto the scene. *Use the blend function to blend the image into the shadows and reflections in the scene. Example A checker-board image projected onto the scene. …

Camera Focus Target

Nodes » Cameras » Camera Focus Target

Method A Null position used as a reference for the depth of field focus plane of a camera. Only functions when used with a Depth Of Field node. Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its…

Bone

Nodes » Geometry » Bone

Method This node is used for skeletal deformation of 3D Objects. Bones/skeletons apply transformations to vertices in a 3D object. Transforms are applied hierarchically and different bones in the skeleton may affect vertices by different amounts, which allows for…

Local Contrast

Nodes » Post-FX » Colour Processing » Local Contrast

Method This Node increases the appearance of small scale edges. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Active Turn the effect on or off. …

Volume Shadow Shading

Nodes » Particles » Shading » Volume Shadow Shading

Method This node shades particles using a shadowing function from the point of view of a Light Node connected to the Light Node input. The shadow effect takes into account transparency of particles, so light will appear to be partially absorbed by particles rather…

Bounding Box

Nodes » Geometry » Bounding Box

Method This node is a Null transform node that renders a unit sized (-1 to 1) box. Often used to mark areas of space, such as bounding regions for fluids or volumetric effects. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position…

Bump Map Warp

Nodes » Post-FX » Warping » Bump Map Warp

Method This node warps and image based off of a bump map. The warp is generated by creating a copy of the image with a slight offset and multiplied. Raw texture Processed texture Input Image Example…

Clip Box

Nodes » Nodes » Clip Box

Method This node creates a box region outside of which a mesh will be clipped and will no longer appear. Only child objects will be affected. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

Screen Warp

Nodes » Post-FX » Warping » Screen Warp

Method This node adds a bulge effect to the image, whereby a chosen point is stretched and the outer edge is squashed. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name…

Proximity Modifier

Nodes » Modifiers » Proximity Modifier

Method This node outputs a value if an input node is within range of a point. It only calculates distance based on the origin of the input node, so objects with large bounding boxes should be tested with this in mind. Attributes |_. Name |_. Description | |…

Procedural Shading Node

Nodes » Procedural » Render Nodes » Procedural Shading Node

Method Adjusts the shading of an object based on the shape a procedural. The procedural shape is effectively raytraced, with the ray starting at the object’s surface. This can be used to create an effect similar to a boolean operation on a surface, but without…

Hot Zone

Nodes » Interactive » Hot Zone

Method This node detects if the centre point of an object moves into a region. Generally used in conjunction with an Extractor node. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. …

Mouse Picker

Nodes » Interactive » Mouse Picker

Method Detects a mouse pressed event and outputs the position of the mouse in either world space or local space. !Mouse picker only works in Builder and in Standalone executables. It does not function in media servers, as media servers capture all mouse…

HLSL Scripting

Techniques » HLSL Scripting

Method The Custom CSG Code field allows you to write a line of HLSL code to implement your own CSG operation. This requires a working knowledge of HLSL and signed distance fields. The inputs to the operation are: float blendWeight; The value of the CSG…

Bezier Warp

Nodes » Post-FX » Warping » Bezier Warp

Method This node warps an image using a bezier control grid and 8 control points to affect how the image is warped. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description…

Using Notch in disguise (formerly d3)

Media Servers » Using Notch in disguise (formerly d3)

disguise has had native Notch playback support from r14.1. Features supported Pass textures/video from disguise to Notch (e.g. SDI capture) Pass textures/video out of Notch into disguise (the resulting output) Control properties exposed in the Notch…

3D Object Collision Affector

Nodes » Fields » Affectors » 3D Object Collision Affector

Method This node allows fields to collide with polygonal 3D objects. The field will flow around or bounce off the object’s surface and be prevented from entering it. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along…

Image Displacement

Nodes » Particles » Shading » Image Displacement

Method This node displaces the position of a particle based on an image or input video source. This is very similar in operation to the Displacement Map Deformer node for 3D objects. For this node to operate an image must be supplied either via the Image attribute or…

Randomise Tiles

Nodes » Post-FX » Warping » Randomise Tiles

Method This node breaks the image into a grid, and randomises the positions and frame delays of parts of the image based on an input image. Raw texture Processed texture Input Image This image was used…

Force Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Force Affector

Method This node applies a force to the affected particles. This is typically used to give particles a constant acceleration to simulate e.g. gravity. The Mode attribute is used to determine if the force is directional with a random spread determined by the Spread…

Tile Sheet

Nodes » Generators » Tile Sheet

Method Generates a combined sheet of images (sometimes known as a sprite sheet) from multiple inputs. The following example shows how to do this using Polygon generators, but any image node can be used as input. The number of connected input nodes is not…

Shatter Primitive 3D

Nodes » Geometry » Shatter Primitive 3D

Method This node creates a breakable copy of a 3D object using Voronoi-based splitting process. The underlying 3D object may be connected from a 3D Object node via the Object Node input, or generated as a primitive using the Shape Type parameter. The splitting process…

Shape 3D

Nodes » Geometry » Shape 3D

Method This node renders a 3D primitive mesh that has been generated according to various attributes. The Shape Type parameter defines the primitive shape used. The Subdivisions X/Y parameters determine how many subdivisions the primitive has, and the Axis defines…

Cloth Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Cloth Affector

Method This node applies a cloth simulation to particles that were spawned from a Particle Mesh Deformer. Only particles created from a Particle Mesh Deformer will work with the cloth simulation because it requires information about connections between particles to…

Shockwave Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Shockwave Affector

Method This node applies a pulsing spatial shockwave through particles. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position along the y-axis in local space.…

Clone To Spline

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Spline

Method This node is used to clone objects along the spline created by an input Spline node or other source of spline data – for example from a loaded Cinema4D scene. Example Example Nodegraph …

Combine Geometry

Nodes » Geometry » Combine Geometry

Method Combine multiple sources of geometry into one to be used or affected by other nodes. Rendering Name Description Visible Control whether the node is visible or not to the scene. Lines Name Description …

Field Lighting

Nodes » Fields » Rendering » Field Lighting

Method This node adds lighting and self shadowing to fields based on input light nodes. It is used in conjunction with the Field Renderer node (which renders the field volume). Affecting lights need to be connected to Lights input of the Field Lighting node. The Field…

Null

Nodes » Geometry » Null

Method A generic transform node. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position along the y-axis in local space. Position Z Move its…

Volume Generator

Nodes » Procedural » Render Nodes » Volume Generator

Method Renders a procedural as a translucent volume. This node is suitable for creating cloud-like effects. It first voxelises the procedural and then renders it by raymarching. It is able to cast shadows within the volume in the direction of a…

Procedural Emitter

Nodes » Fields » Emitters » Procedural Emitter

Method This node emits colour/ink into a field using a procedural node network. Procedural nodes should be parented to the Procedural Emitter in order to generate procedural forms that will be converted into field ink. Transform Name Description…

Kill Box Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Kill Box Affector

Method This node kills particles that are either inside or outside of a bounding box, dependent on the Kill Mode attribute. Particles can be killed immediately or decayed over a period of time depending on the Kill Operation. Example …

Curve Mask

Nodes » Generators » Curve Mask

Method This node generates a mask by using a shape created using user created points. With the scene paused and this node selected, you can create new points by left clicking in the viewport. Left click dragging moves the selected point around and right clicking a…

Temporal Filter

Nodes » Video Processing » Motion Processing » Temporal Filter

Method This node combines multiple frames together and filters out overlapping values. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In Viewport …

Spring Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Spring Affector

Method This node simulates a spring-like effect between a particle’s current position and its original emission position, making it spring back towards the point it was emitted from over a period of time. This can be used to restore particles to their original…

MIDI Modifier

Nodes » Modifiers » MIDI Modifier

Method This node reads CC values from channels of a MIDI device so they can be used to control values on other nodes. The MIDI channel can be selected manually, or use “Listen For Channel/CC” and make a change on the device and the channel will be picked…

Colour Grading

Nodes » Post-FX » Colour Processing » Colour Grading

Method This node alters the distribution of colour in the image. Raw texture Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Active Turn the effect on or off. …

Tilt Shift

Nodes » Post-FX » Blur » Tilt Shift

Method This node applies a tilt shift effect to the image by blurring the top and bottom parts of the image, while keeping the center plane in focus. *Requires a Gradient 2D input to run. Raw texture Processed texture Modified texture …

Freehand Mask

Nodes » Generators » Freehand Mask

Method This node allows a black and white mask to be sketched by clicking and dragging with the left most button in the viewport. When the right button is pressed the mask is cleared. *Notch must be paused to draw new masks. Attributes Name Description…

Rigid Body Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Rigid Body Effector

Method The Rigid Body Effector node turns clones into rigid bodies. The resulting bodies are able to collide with each other, or with other bodies that are part of the same physics system – under the same Rigid Body Root. If this node is parented via a Rigid…

Composite Image

Nodes » Post-FX » Generators » Composite Image

Method Inserts an image directly into a Post-FX chain. Example 1 Nodegraph Example 1 Example 2 Nodegraph Example 2 Attributes Name Description…

Clone To Transform Array

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Transform Array

Method This node generates clones from the currently active elements in a Transform Array node. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position along…

Points Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Points Affector

Method This node affects particles by positional vortex forces created around points from another particle system, or vertices of a 3D Object. This can be used to make one particle system “move through” another and appear to affect it.…

Clone

Nodes » Procedural » Cloning » Clone

Method Makes copies of its children. Example Example Nodegraph Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. …

Probe Lighting

Nodes » Lighting » Probe Lighting

Method Creates dynamic reflections of other objects in the scene, by rendering them from specific points within the scene. A Point Cache may optionally be used to allow the reflection images to be generated more efficiently when there are a large number of probes to…

Grid

Nodes » Generators » Grid

Method Generates a grid. Processed texture Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its…

Other Windows

User Interface » Other Windows

Performance Bar And Window Controls Window Controls This menu controls some of the window options for various windows in Notch. Label Description Editor Settings Settings for the Notch Editor. Project Settings…

Random Cloner

Nodes » Cloning » Random Cloner

Method Clones an object and gives the new clones random positions within a specified area. Example Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the…

Kill Box Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Kill Box Effector

Method This node limits areas that clones can be spawned in, using shapes described in the Falloff Attribute section. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y …

Vortex Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Vortex Affector

Method This node makes particles move in a rotational manner. This is typically used to create rotational vortex effects, e.g. tornados. The effect is weighted by a falloff calculated using the distance from the node to the particle, ramping from 100% at distance…

Cells

Nodes » Generators » Cells

Method This node generates a cellular pattern using a distance function, mapping a gradient to the distance to the closest of a set of random points Processed texture Example Nodegraph Transform Name…

Noise

Nodes » Generators » Noise

Method Generates random static noise. Processed texture Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Active Turn the effect on or off. Values < 0.1 will turn the effect off, and deferred…

Scale Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Scale Affector

Method This node scales particles to have larger and smaller Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position along the y-axis in local space.…

Polygon

Nodes » Generators » Polygon

Method Generates a single regular polygon as a texture image. Examples Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position…

Gradient

Nodes » Generators » Gradient

Method Generates a gradient. Processed texture Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its…

Tone Map

Nodes » Post-FX » Colour Processing » Tone Map

Method This node applies a tone mapping process to an image. This is often used to convert high dynamic range images to a colour space suitable for output; to convert linear space images to gamma 2.2 for output; or to balance brightness levels across an image and…

Audio Devices

Devices & Protocols » Audio Devices

At present Notch interfaces directly with audio devices either via the standard Windows audio device interface or via ASIO. Once setup, you can use audio with the following nodes: Play Sound Capture Sound Audio Devices Panel The Audio Devices panel can be…

Fractal Noise

Nodes » Generators » Fractal Noise

Method Generates simple fractal noise. Processed texture Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y…

Plasma

Nodes » Generators » Plasma

Method Can be used to generate a few different wavy effects. Processed texture Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

Star

Nodes » Generators » Star

Method Generates a single regular polygon as a texture image. Examples Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position along…

Flat Colour

Nodes » Generators » Flat Colour

Method This node generates a flat colour. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position along the y-axis in local space. Position Z …

Image Shading

Nodes » Particles » Shading » Image Shading

Method This node shades particles based on pixels sampled from an image or input video source. For this node to operate an image must be supplied either via the Image attribute or connected via the Image Node input. When an Image Plane node is connected to the Image…

Planar Environment Map

Nodes » Lighting » Planar Environment Map

Method Add planar environment map node to the scene, this will display a 2D environment map to surfaces facing it. *Multiple planar environment maps can be added to a scene to reflect different maps in different directions. Example …

Recolour

Nodes » Post-FX » Colour Processing » Recolour

Method This node recolours an image based on the luminance of another input image. Raw texture Processed texture Input Image Example Nodegraph Attributes Name…

Resources Panel

User Interface » Resources Panel

Panel Contains all the resources used by Notch in the current scene. Resources are all the custom models, sounds, fonts or images that can be imported into Notch. To import a file, right-click in the resources window, select the file type and select…

Luminance From Depth

Nodes » Video Processing » Depth Processing » Luminance From Depth

Method Generates a luminance image from a depth source. Attributes Name Description Preview In Viewport Preview the effect blended with alpha in the viewport. Preview Alpha In Viewport Preview the alpha values in the…

Image Affector

Nodes » Fields » Affectors » Image Affector

Method This node uses an input image to affect the movement vectors of a field system. The red and green channels of the image can be turned into directional velocity vectors, or the vectors can be derived from the gradient of the image’s luminance. …

Image Emitter

Nodes » Fields » Emitters » Image Emitter

Method This node emits colour/ink into a field based on an input image. Example Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move…

Compress UV Animation

Nodes » Post-FX » Image Compression » Compress UV Animation

Method This node is used to compress a two channel floating point image – for example a UV remap image loaded in a floating point HDR format – into a 3-channel RGB or 4-channel RGBA 8 bit per channel output, which may make it suitable for storing in a…

Velocity Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Velocity Affector

Method This node applies a constant velocity to the affected particles. This is typically used to make particles move in a regular, linear fashion, e.g. wind effects or repulsions. The Mode attribute is used to determine if the velocity is directional with a random…

Mirror

Nodes » Procedural » Cloning » Mirror

Method Effectively folds its children on to themselves over a specific plane of reflection. Example Example Nodegraph Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its…

Editable Code

Nodes » Procedural » Generators » Editable Code

Method Allows a custom piece of HLSL code to be written to produce a distance value from which a procedural shape will be created. For best results with this node you should have a working knowledge of the HLSL shading language, and signed distance…

Clone To Volume

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Volume

Method This node clones 3D objects in a regular 3D grid arrangement, using the shape of a 3D object to define the region of space that is filled. The resolution of the grid is defined by the Num Voxels X/Y/Z parameters. A 3D object node must be connected to the Source…

Primitive Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Primitive Affector

Method This node is used to attract or repel particles from the surface of the selected primitive type. This is typically used to make particles form into a given shape. Particles will use the closest point on the primitive’s surface to move towards or away…

Procedural Meshing

Nodes » Procedural » Render Nodes » Procedural Meshing

Method Extracts a surface from a procedural by first voxelising it (but only voxelising the spatial areas which are required) and then constructing a smoothened surface over the voxels. The surface produced is a triangle mesh which can be texture and deformed, can…

Fractal Noise

Nodes » Procedural » Generators » Fractal Noise

Method Generates simple 3D fractal noise. Example Example with CSG sphere Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the…

Target Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Target Effector

Method All clones affected will rotate to target a point described by an input. Example This image is taken from the “cloner_instancing” sample project. Example Nodegraph There is much…

3D Primitive

Nodes » Procedural » Generators » 3D Primitive

Method This node renders a 3D primitive only usable with procedural node. The Primitive Type parameter defines the primitive shape used. Procedural Primitives Procedural Primitives Nodegraph Transform Name…

Tiles

Nodes » Generators » Tiles

Method Generates a grid of tiles that can be coloured randomly, or in a checkered pattern. Processed texture Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position…

Clone To Particles

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Particles

Method This node clones 3D objects to positions defined by a particle system. A Particle Root Node or a Particle Emitter must be connected to the Particle Node input for this node to be operational. If a Particle Emitter is connected then only particles emitted from…

Clone To Point Cache

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Point Cache

Method This node clones 3D objects to positions defined by a Point Cache node. The number of clones is defined by the Num Clones parameter and limited by the total number of points in the Point Cache (accounting for the density attribute set in the Point Cache). If…

Melt

Nodes » Procedural » Displacement » Melt

Method Smoothens the shape a procedural in 3D space, much like how a blur smoothens an image in 2D space. Example Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its…

FFT Texture

Nodes » Generators » FFT Texture

Method Generates a texture based on the sound from either a selected or input audio source. Example Example Nodegraph Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the…

Explode Affector

Nodes » Particles » Affectors » Explode Affector

Method This node applies a velocity to the affected particles at the birth of the particle. This is typically used to create explosion-like effects. The Explode Mode attribute is used to determine if the particle should be pushed outwards from the affector’s…

OSC

Devices & Protocols » OSC

Introduction Notch allows you to send and receive simple OSC data over the network for interacting with your project. When running as standalone, you can also control the play head remotely. Receiving OSC Setting up your project to receive OSC. Open the Project…

3D Object

Nodes » Procedural » Generators » 3D Object

Method Generates a procedural shape from a mesh object. Example Example Nodegraph Attributes Name Description Distance Offset Offsets the distance field values, causing the generated…

Reaction-Diffusion

Nodes » Procedural » Generators » Reaction-Diffusion

Method Performs reaction-diffusion simulation, using a procedural input to restict the placement of seeds and another procedural input to restrict growth. This node simulates the Gray-Scott reaction-diffusion process, which can be thought of as a kind of fluid…

MIDI Keyboard Texture

Nodes » Generators » MIDI Keyboard Texture

Method This node generates a texture based on the output from a connected MIDI Device. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position along the y-axis…

Colour Map Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Colour Map Deformer

Method This node recolours a mesh based on an input image or video source. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local…

Environment Map

Nodes » Lighting » Environment Map

Method Add an environment map node to a scene, import either a .exr of .hdr image and plug it into the environment map node. HDRI Haven is a great resource for these images. The environment map output can be plugged into both skylights and skyboxes for an even better…

Standalone

Standalone

From Notch Builder Pro you can export directly to standalone executable files. Standalone executables are used during live performances, as well as in fixed installs/kiosks, etc. where the features of a media server are not required, but stability and performance are…

Vector Blur

Nodes » Post-FX » Stylisation » Vector Blur

Method Performs a blur operation on an image, but instead of blurring around each pixel uniformly the blur follows a path through the image. The path is determined by vectors extracted from the image itself. They point in the direction of gradients in the image, for…

Chunk Effector Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Chunk Effector Deformer

Method This node moves unconnected sections of a mesh independently based on an input Cloning Effector. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position…

Slice Geometry

Nodes » Geometry » Slice Geometry

Method This node creates a new mesh by slicing polygons from the original input mesh into a series of cuts. The source mesh must be connected to the Object Node input. The polygons of the mesh are sliced along a planar axis which may be transformed by a Null connected…

Sine Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Sine Effector

Method This node applies a rotation, scale and translation to every clone. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation, scale and translation that will be applied to the clones. The amount the translation, scale and rotation are applied to each clone is…

Turbulence Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Turbulence Effector

Method This node applies an animating turbulence to the rotation, scale and translation to every clone. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation, scale and translation that will be applied to the clones. The amount the translation, scale and rotation…

Image Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Image Effector

Method This node changes the transformation and colour properties of a clone system based on an input image. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation, scale and translation that will be applied to the clones. The Effector’s falloff is generated…

Clone To Mesh

Nodes » Cloning » Clone To Mesh

Method This node clones 3D objects to positions defined by the vertices or polygon centres of another 3D object. A 3D object node must be connected to the Source Objects input to define the voxelised shape the clones are arranged in for this node to be operational.…

Randomise Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Randomise Effector

Method This node applies a randomised rotation, scale and translation to every clone. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation, scale and translation that will be applied to the clones; these values are used as ranges for generated random values. The…

Plain Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Plain Effector

Method This node applies a rotation, scale and translation to every clone. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation, scale and translation that will be applied to the clones. The amount the translation, scale and rotation are applied to each clone is…

Quantise Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Quantise Effector

Method This node restricts the possible range of values a clone can be translated, rotated, or scaled to. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation, scale and translation that will be applied to the clones. The amount the translation, scale and…

Ripple Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Ripple Effector

Method This node applies a wave action of effects to the clone it is inputted into. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation, scale and translation that will be applied to the clones. The amount the translation, scale and rotation are applied to each…

Colour Ramp Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Colour Ramp Effector

Method This node modifies the colour values of connected cloner systems based on an input Colour Ramp. Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space. Position Y Move its position…

Spring Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » Spring Effector

Method This node provides a springiness to clones by keeping track of their original positions before being affected and pulling them back into position. Example Example Nodegraph Transform Name…

FFT Effector

Nodes » Cloning » Effectors » FFT Effector

Method This node applies a rotation, scale and translation to clones based on the analysis of an audio input or file. The waveform is processed using a set of parameters in the same way as the Sound Modifier. The Effector Transform parameters determine the rotation,…

Cloner

Nodes » Cloning » Cloner

Method This node clones 3D objects in a regular pattern in one of several ways depending on the Mode parameter. In Iterative Cloning mode, the Cloner node’s transform is applied iteratively so each clone is offset from the one before it. In Radial mode, clones…

Face Tracking Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Face Tracking Deformer

Method This node uses the vertex data from a tracked face found by the Face Tracker node to override the vertex positions of the 3D object node the deformer is attached to – if that 3D object conforms to the structure of the geometry generated by the face…

Curl Noise Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Curl Noise Deformer

Method This node deforms a mesh based on a curl noise function. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

3D Plasma Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » 3D Plasma Deformer

Method This node deforms vertices based on a number of sine waves which form a plasma-like effect. This can be used to create soft spikes on the surface of an object. Example Example Bin Example Project…

Distortion Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Distortion Deformer

Method This node deforms a mesh based on a distortion function. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

Using Headset VR

VR » Using Headset VR

Introduction Adding VR headset support to your project is tremendously easy. Notch simply treats the headset as a camera, rendering the perspective of each eye every frame. All the details of interocular and convergence distances are managed by the SDK and Notch, so…

Turbulence Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Turbulence Deformer

Method This node deforms a mesh based on a turbulence function. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

Displacement Map

Nodes » Deformers » Displacement Map

Method This node displaces the vertices of a mesh based on an image. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

Colour Ramp Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Colour Ramp Deformer

Method This node recolours a mesh based on an input Colour Ramp. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis in local space.…

Point Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Point Deformer

Method This node is used to deform vertices using points from a particle system or the vertices of another 3D object. The closest points to each vertex are determined and a falloff calculated using the distance to those points, then displacement and colour…

Twist Deformer

Nodes » Deformers » Twist Deformer

Method This node twists a mesh so that one section is warped relative to another side. Example Example Bin Example Project Transform Name Description Position X Move its position along the x-axis…