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Set A Movie As A Wallpaper

The idea for this post came from a request by Joshua. He asked: “Is there a program which can enable you to set a movie as the wallpaper”. I didn’t bother looking for a program, I immediatly turned to Quartz Composer. There is probably a program out there which can enable to do such as thing. But this post is going to focus on Quartz instead. The idea behind this post is to set up a screensaver, which is your movie, and then play it on the desktop. Very simple and very effective.

If you are new to Quartz Composer I reccommend you check out An Introdcution to Quartz Composer, Gradient Image Reflection and Video Distortion. These three posts introduce both background knowledge, and more complex tutorials. This post is going to be quite simple in comparision. But it may gloss over a couple of points which mayt be mentioned in previous posts.

Quartz Tutorial: Video Image Distortion 4


Quartz Tutorial: Video Image Distortion

Continuing on with Quartz Composition I am going introduce a couple more patches for you to play around with. If you haven’t already, I suggest you check out the Introduction and Image Reflection, both of these are a good complement to this tutorial. This tutorial today will go through the method of pulling a live video through an iSight camera and then letting you apply some funky effects to it. I will explain in detail what each of the patches will mean and what they do. As always you can download the source if you get stuck, or don’t want to follow the tutorial. We will create something like the image below.

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Quartz Tutorial: Gradient Image Reflection

As a new series that will take place over the next coming months, I am going to post tutorials on Quartz Composer. They are designed to be simple and easy to follow, and over the coming months they will get more and more complex. We will start easy and gradually get harder and harder to produce cooler effects. If you haven’t already, I would suggest you look through An Introduction To Quartz Composer, it will show you all of the basic principles to quartz, including how things work. If you haven’t already guessed this project will show you how to create a fading gradient reflection. It is very basic but it will show you the ropes. An example of what we will be creating is shown below. You can click on any of the images for larger version with more detail. All connections between Patches use double arrows, for example height on one Patch would connect to Crop on another Patch would be represented like this. Height >> Crop.

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An Introduction To Quartz Composer

After my recent post about cool hidden screen savers I have been fiddling with the Quartz Composer more and more. This post will serve as an introduction to the application as well as the pre post to a tutorial that I will posting in the next couple of days. As with all of the images posted on this site you can click any of them to see a larger version, it helps understand some of the explanation given.

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