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Play a Movie in Quartz Composer

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QC can look daunting at first – here’s how to get started.

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Free video processing app from Apple – you may already have it!

Visit the VJ Kung Fu Channel on Vimeo to download the original, high-quality Quicktime.

Play a Movie in Quartz Composer

To play a movie in QC, we need to do two things: Generate an Image, and then Render it somewhere.

  1. Open a new blank document in Quartz Composer
  2. Drag a movie file from the Finder onto your QC canvas.
    Now the image is generated – if you hover your mouse over the ‘image’ output on the movie patch you just created, you will see it play in a little preview. Time to render it.
  3. Drag a Billboard from the patch list on the left onto your canvas.
  4. Click and drag from the image output of the Movie patch to the image input of the Billboard patch.
    In your viewer, you should now see the movie playing.

    • If you can’t see your viewer, press Shift-Apple-V to bring it up.
    • Your movie should be playing now – but it only takes up half the screen.
    • Hover your mouse over the width input on the Billboard patch – you’ll see that the width is set to 1.
    • This is how QC’s coordinate system works. The left side of the screen is -1, the right side is +1. To stretch from edge to edge, we need a width of 2.
      QC Coordinate Description
  5. Click on the Billboard patch to select it, then move over to your inspector window (press Apple-I if your inspector is not visible).
  6. Click the right-facing arrow to move to page 2 of your Inspector, and then change the value for the Billboard’s width to 2 by typing it in.

Your movie should now be stretching edge-to-edge in your viewer.

8 Responses to “Play a Movie in Quartz Composer”

  1. VJ Kung Fu » How To Install Quartz Composer Says:

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  2. mematron Says:

    something weird about the new QC is that a video composition will crash if used as a screensaver. That sucks. I have been trying to figure out how to fix it but I think it's in the system and nothing I can do.

  3. Raul Says:

    your kung-fu is the best!!!

  4. Carlos P Hall Says:

    This is a cool application for movie maker enthusiasts! We have really come to that modern age where we have many options for visuals now, aside from the perth signs and magazines!

  5. Carlos P Hall Says:

    This is a cool application for movie maker enthusiasts! We have really come to that modern age where we have many options for visuals now, aside from the perth signs and magazines!

  6. Carlos P Hall Says:

    This is a cool application for movie maker enthusiasts! We have really come to that modern age where we have many options for visuals now, aside from the perth signs and magazines!

  7. Carlos P Hall Says:

    This is a cool application for movie maker enthusiasts! We have really come to that modern age where we have many options for visuals now, aside from the perth signs and magazines!

  8. Carlos P Hall Says:

    This is a cool application for movie maker enthusiasts! We have really come to that modern age where we have many options for visuals now, aside from the perth signs and magazines!

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