Authors attributes which have specific meaning in USD, but which do not influence Gaffer’s native behaviour in any way (in which case they would belong on the StandardAttributes node).


Container for user-defined plugs. Nodes should never make their own plugs here, so users are free to do as they wish.


The processed output scene.


The on/off state of the node. When it is off, the node outputs the input scene unchanged.


The input scene


The filter used to control which parts of the scene are processed. A Filter node should be connected here.


The attributes to be applied - arbitrary numbers of user defined attributes may be added as children of this plug via the user interface, or using the CompoundDataPlug API via python.


Specifies the purpose of a location to be default, render, proxy or guide. See the USD documentation for more details.


Gaffer doesn’t assign any intrinsic meaning to USD’s purpose. To control visibility using purpose, we recommend using an AttributeQuery and Expression to query usd:purpose and drive StandardAttributes.visibility appropriately.

Also note that native proxy workflows can be built using Gaffer’s contexts, such that proxy or render geometry can appear at the same location in the scene hierarchy, depending on the value of a context variable. This has benefits when selecting and filtering objects.


Specifies the kind of a location to be any of the values from USD’s kind registry. See the USD documentation for more details.


Gaffer doesn’t assign any intrinsic meaning to USD’s kind.


Causes the attributes to be applied to the scene globals instead of the individual locations defined by the filter.


An additional set of attributes to be added. Arbitrary numbers of attributes may be specified within a single IECore.CompoundObject, where each key/value pair in the object defines an attribute. This is convenient when using an expression to define the attributes and the attribute count might be dynamic. It can also be used to create attributes whose type cannot be handled by the attributes CompoundDataPlug, with IECoreScene.ShaderNetwork being one example.

If the same attribute is defined by both the attributes and the extraAttributes plugs, then the value from the extraAttributes is taken.