This post will discuss a simple approach you can take to help you get a better feel for visualizing how different temporal generators work.
The question was actually posted in a discussion about temporal image processing effects, so let’s start by making the distinction between the 2 clear. Temporal image processing effects are time based effects that process multiple movie frames. Temporal Generators are procedural modulators you can attach to editable parameters associated with processors in MSG preset.
So temporal generators are like automatic slider adjusters that can work autonomously over time. Rather than you manually adjusting a control, the temporal generator does it for you with some pre-determined behavior. If you are familiar with music synthesis terminology, temporal generators are like low frequency oscillators.
The whole point of a temporal generator is to modulate an individual editable parameter over time. Doing so can create automatic procedural animation when running the MSG preset in loop action, or when using it to process a movie, or when using it embedded in a paint synthesizer preset, where time could again be frames in a movie or positioning along a paint path.
The particular factory preset we will use for this example is the a Simple Texture preset in the Default : General category.