File Types

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TouchDesigner can import and export most common media file formats. Files can be loaded into TouchDesigner by:

  • Drag-and-Drop: Drag a file directly into TouchDesigner and drop it to automatically create an OP or a component.
  • Open With... menu: Right-click on a TouchDesigner supported file in Windows and select Open With...->TouchDesigner 0xx to launch TouchDesigner with the file pre-loaded.
  • Load a file using Operators like Movie File In TOP, File In CHOP, File In SOP, Audio File In CHOP. Files can be loaded from disk or from the web using http://file-url.
  • Import a file using the import command within TouchDesigner.
  • Start TouchDesigner using the operating system shell command touchdesigner filename.ext, which will start TouchDesigner with your file pre-loaded.

Native TouchDesigner Files

TouchDesigner has three native files types:

  • .toe: TouchDesigner Environment files are the default file type for creating projects.
  • .tox: TouchDesigner Component files let you save out components. .tox files enable the re-use and portability of component libraries.
  • .tog: TouchDesigner Geometry files are exports of other geometry types in a native TouchDesigner format.

Files Imported

File Type Supported Extensions Operator Type
Audio .mp3 .aif .aiff .wav .m4a Audio File In CHOP, Audio Play CHOP, File In CHOP
Image .tif .tiff .jpeg .jpg .bmp .gif .png .tga .hdr .dds .exr Movie File In TOP
Movie .mov .m4v .mp4 .mpeg .mpg .avi .wmv .flv .swf Movie File In TOP
Geometry and Scene .fbx .obj .3ds .dxf .dae Geometry COMP
Channel (Houdini) .bchan .bclip .chan .clip File In CHOP
Geometry (Houdini) .bclassic .classic File In SOP
MIDI .mid .midi MIDI In CHOP
Shader .glsl .frag .vert, geometry shaders Text DAT
Script .bat .cmd .txt Text DAT
Table .dat Table DAT
Font .ttf .otf Text TOP, Text SOP

The Movie File In TOP also supports audio embedded in a movie. Tip: Tie an Audio Movie CHOP to the Movie File In TOP to get the audio, then an Audio Device Out CHOP to play it. An Info CHOP attached to either operator gives extra inside info.

Files Exported

File Type Supported Extensions Operator Type or Dialog
Audio .mp3 .aif .aiff .wav Save File on RMB menu
Image .tif .tiff .jpeg .jpg .bmp .gif .exr File -> Create Movie, RMB menu
Movie .mov .mp4 Movie File Out TOP, File -> Create Movie
Project .toe File -> Save Env
Component and Scene .tox File -> Save, RMB menu components
Channel .bchan .bclip .chan .clip File Out CHOP, RMB menu
Geometry .tog RMB menu
MIDI MIDI Out CHOP
Shader .glsl .frag .vert Phong MAT
Script .cmd .txt RMB menu
Table .dat RMB menu