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Learning Quartz Composer: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Motion Graphics with Quartz Composer (Developer's Library) [Paperback]

Graham Robinson , Surya Buchwald
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18 July 2012 0321636945 978-0321636942 1

Create Amazing Real-Time Motion Graphics with Quartz Composer!


Apple’s Quartz Composer makes it amazingly easy to create real-time graphics of all kinds: for screensavers, animations, kiosk art, film effects, Dashboard Widgets, graphically-rich apps, and more. But few content creators use QC, because they’ve had practically no useful help–until now. In this book/DVD bundle, two renowned VJs who’ve pushed this tool to the limit show you how to do it, too!


You needn't be a technical expert: Graham Robinson and Surya Buchwald introduce each concept through a hands-on project, with videos demonstrating every step. They start extremely simple, offering beautiful visual feedback and encouraging you to freely explore. The video and text work together to help you build mastery fast, as you create everything from data-driven effects to compelling live performance visuals!


Coverage includes


  • Mastering Quartz Composer’s powerful interface
  • Grabbing live inputs from music or cameras for unique interaction and improvisation
  • Outputting video files for everything from smartphone screens to HD video edits
  • Using built-in image filters to add visual effects
  • Creating organic motion with LFOs, interpolation, and trackballs
  • Fixing problems and figuring out what you did wrong
  • Making rain, fire, and other cool stuff with particles
  • Integrating MIDI musical instruments and other audio resources
  • Mastering lighting and timelines
  • Building richer environments with replication, iteration, and 3D modeling
  • Pushing the boundaries with secret patches, CoreImage filters, and GLSL

 If you're a motion graphics designer, filmmaker, VJ, artist, interactive programmer, Cocoa developer, or any other type of "Maker," this book will guide you from acolyte to wizard in no time… and it just might be the most fun instructional you'll ever read!


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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (18 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321636945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321636942
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Graham Robinson runs Shakinda Productions in Belfast, Ireland, specializing in innovative projection design and interactive visual systems creation. He believes that technology allows us to create art that can inspire humanity and transform society, and has performed Audio Visual sets as VJ Shakinda all over the world.


Surya Buchwald runs MMMLabs in Portland Oregon, creating interactive experiences for Nike, Intel, Scion, and others. He traverses the globe as VJ for the Glitch Mob, bringing the Quartz Composer magic to fans all over. He also creates interactive video instruments and performs with them as Momo the Monster.

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Considering that the Quartz Composer software is essentially free with all Apple Macs, it is amazing it has taken this long for a book to emerge to serve this potentially huge user base. Don't be put off by the book's brevity - it also includes a DVD illustrating the examples - and after a few pages you will have your own working examples. I've not finished it yet, but already feel the purchase was worthwhile. One point off for the big publication delay, some spelling mistakes and that a lot of the patches in the library are not covered. But is this for the advanced follow-up? And can someone translate the zugakousaku QC book from Japanese?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to a little used apple program. 27 July 2012
By na - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying I have not worked through the whole book yet, but I am very impressed with this book and DVD. I had downloaded Quartz Composer at least two years ago,but I couldn't do
much with it. I would occasionally poke around looking for documentation and I would open the program and try to produce something with it but with very little success. This book/DVD combination
arrived yesterday by this evening ( a day and a half) I had the start of my first project on the desktop. If you want to learn Quartz Composer, this is what you need. I'd like to be more specific but
as I said,I have just started to work with this. I can say I've gotten farther in a day and a half with this book than I did in the last two years without it. I think this one is a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amended my Review from 3 to 5 stars 28 Nov 2013
By D. Love - Published on Amazon.com
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ORIGINAL REVIEW: I would give this a 4 star rating if Graham would just slow down his presentation re: dvd. This is really "heavy" material to comprehend and he doesn't seem to take this into consideration. I find myself constantly rewinding the dvd and it is quite annoying. That said, this is a very good book/dvd to jumpstart into Quartz Composer Land.
AMENDED REVIEW: 5 STARS ON NOVEMBER 29, 2013: After delving deeper in the BOOK/dvd, I am now giving this book/dvd 5 stars. I have learned more about QC in the past two weeks than the previous three years trying to figure it out myself. The format is somewhat revolutionary in terms of learning compared to 99.9% of other programming-esque dvds/books. Also, its easy to pick-up that this project was a "labor of love". The fact that the authors are artists as well as programming wizards shines throughout. Many Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets you up to speed quickly 7 Sep 2013
By Julius O. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I especially like the use of working examples and video tutorials. You can get quite far by simply watching the videos and following along with the examples, ideally pausing the video and building them yourself. However, the book provides a nice overall framework, telling you when to go watch the videos. I consider this book/videos/software to be a good example of how to most efficiently learn computer-based skills of this nature nowadays. My one bit of advice to the video recorders is to keep them sparse and to the point. We can pause it when we need to stop and think or try something. Only say what is necessary in the video presentation at a uniform pace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Step by step 24 Jun 2013
By Ricardo Lebre - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally a bunch of tutorials to learn step by step all tools of Quartz Composer plus de video helps a lot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 11 Mar 2013
By Carlos Octavio Gutiérrez López - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice way to introduce to use of Quartz Composer. The dvd have simple tutorials and practical examples. I recommend it for beginners.
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