Dig Into Quartz Composer

Dig Into Quartz Composer


Step 6: It's Not Just for Screensavers


Now that you've created the perfect rolling-gradient animation, it'd be a shame to relegate it to mere screen-saver duty. To free your creation, select File > Export To QuickTime, enter a name, select where you want the file saved, and click Save. In the resulting Export window, you can adjust the clip's duration and dimensions. For good ol' American NTSC DV format, enter 720 by 480. Finally, click Export to save the movie. Now you've got a MOV file ready to import into any iMovie project. Note that if you simply save a Composer project rather than exporting to QuickTime, the resulting QTZ file is completely QuickTime friendly-but you'll have to re-export it out of QuickTime Pro ($29.99, www.apple.com) for iMovie use.


Quartz Composer exports to QuickTime. Next stop: iMovie!




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Joe Kanary

Hi Rick...

I like your new site. My only caveat is that the how-to articles are spread out over a number of pages with no "print this article" equivalent. A PDF would be helpful.

Just a suggestion...

Thanks for all the years of great reading.

Whitehorse, Yukon Canada

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