Chapter 2. The Interface and Playing a Movie

By now, you realize just how awesome and flexible Quartz Composer is and may already be dreaming up a few masterpieces. You should also have QC set up and ready to go on your machine. This chapter is the beginning of getting your hands dirty and taking your first step to Quartz ninja-dom.

First things first. We’ll launch Quartz Composer and explain why what you see isn’t always what you get with QC. Then we’ll break down the basics of the interface. Finally, the video tutorial will teach you to get a movie playing. Ready? Let’s go!

Launching Quartz Composer

Unlike most programs, Quartz Composer doesn’t hang out in your Applications folder. Instead, it’s kickin’ it in Mac HD > Developer > Applications. ...

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