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Node Trail

Node Trail

Creates a spline that follows a node.

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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, continuing to grow the splines length. no smoothing is applied to the spline, so large positional changes or erratic motion can appear noisy.

This node outputs a spline which can be input into other nodes which use splines to generate new effects, such as the Extruded Spline or the Particle Spline Emitter.


These properties control the 3D transforms of the node. Transforms will generally be inherited by child nodes, although they can be ignored through the Inherit Transform Channels attributes.

Position XMove along the local x-axis.
Position YMove along the local y-axis.
Position ZMove along the local z-axis.
Rotation HeadingRotate around the local y-axis.
Rotation PitchRotate around the local x-axis.
Rotation BankRotate around the local z-axis.
Scale XScale along the local x-axis.
Scale YScale along the local y-axis.
Scale ZScale along the local z-axis.

Toggle which transform channels should be inherited from the parent node. By default, all transforms will be inherited.

Position XToggle inheritance of the X Position from the parent.
Position YToggle inheritance of the Y Position from the parent.
Position ZToggle inheritance of the Z Position from the parent.
Rotation HeadingToggle inheritance of the Rotation Heading from the parent.
Rotation PitchToggle inheritance of the Rotation Pitch from the parent.
Rotation BankToggle inheritance of the Rotation Bank from the parent.
Scale XToggle inheritance of the X Scale from the parent.
Scale YToggle inheritance of the Y Scale from the parent.
Scale ZToggle inheritance of the Z Scale from the parent.
World Position OnlyInherit the world position from the parent only, rotation and scale will be ignored. Overrides above properties.
Inherit TimeToggle inheritance of time from the parent.

These properties control the core behaviours of the node.

Update Time ModeHow the generated spline updates with relation to the time code.
  • Locked To Timecode : The deformer deformations are locked to the time code and the same time will always yield the same deformations.
  • Running / Looping : The deformer deformations are disconnected from the time code and will loop seamlessly at the end of the layer.

Control how the spline is visualised in the scene for debugging purposes.

Show SplineShow the new spline in the scene.

See Materials.


NameDescriptionTypical Input
Spline SourcesSpline nodes used to draw the extrusion along.Spline
MaterialOverride the default material with a material node.Materials
Transform ModifiersApply the transforms of another node to this node.Null
Target NodeModifiy the rotations of the node to always direct the z axis towards the input.Null
Local Transform OverrideApply the transforms of another node to this node, relative to its parent.Null