Wires are the lines that connect the output of a node to the inputs of other nodes in a network. You can think of wires as carrying the data from one node to another.
Wires always connect nodes in the same Family: The wire between 2 CHOPs carries a set of channels between the CHOPs, The wire between 2 TOPs carries am image between the TOPs. These connections are set up by the user to direct the flow of the data.
To create a wire:
- Left-click on a node's input or output.
- Move the cursor to the output or input of the node you wish to connect to.
- Click a second time to complete the connection.
When the cursor is over a connecting wire, it will highlight in yellow. In this highlighted state, on the wire you can
- MMB to get info for the incoming node
- RMB to bring up a menu that allows you to
- insert an operator via the OP Create Dialog
- select the source node
- select the destination node
- disconnect the wire
Wires can be displayed in two modes: spline curves and straight lines. Pressing the hotkey "s" in a Network Editor pane will toggle between these two modes. You can also toggle the setting by using the "Link Straight" menu option from the Network Editor's context menu.
Wires display animated pulses to provides visual feedback as to which nodes in a network are cooking. The pulses represent the flow of data between nodes.
Wires in spline mode
Wires in straight mode