Tag Archives: Quartz Composer

Lost In Uncanny Valley

That’s what I call my current visual explorations. There’s something endlessly fascinating to me in these 3D humanoid characters and their movements so I will definitely continue to explore this theme through animations, VJ performances etc. Here’s a few animated GIFs (I hope they play in your browser) plus a video from a recent performance [...]
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Orchidelia – miniature mapping

Here’s a short segment I did with a video projector and an orchid – not an image of an orchid but a real live house plant. I projected images made with eMotion and the Quartz Composer Soundflower patch onto the petals of the flower.
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Working with Quartz compositions in Modul8

In Modul8 you’re able to play Quartz compositions (.qtz files) just by dragging them into your media bank like any other movie. However there are a number of problems with this approach: No 1. Performance. I have done tests and often there is a severe drop in framerate for qtz files in Modul8 compared to the [...]
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Quartz Composer performance in Modul8

I’ve been doing some testing and it’s my impression that you get a much better performance in Modul8 if you convert your .qtz files to .mov before importing them to Modul8. This can be done by following the steps described in this article: Working with Quartz Compositions in Modul8 I don’t know the reason for this [...]
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First impressions of Arkaos GrandVJ 1.2 beta

Arkaos is out with a new beta for version 1.2 of their GrandVJ application and that prompted me to check out their software. Especially since they promise support for native Quartz Composer files. The new beta is out for both Mac and Windows. grab it here: http://www.arkaos.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=6828 So now I have the beta and since I am [...]
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The 5$ video mixer – how to do a DV screen cast through Firewire

I have found a way to transfer a live video screen capture from one Mac to another Mac using DV over Firewire. This might be useful for VJs who want to mix video from two computers without using a capture card – the 5$ in the title of this post is for buying a Firewire cable. Have [...]
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Rendering Quartz Composer compositions

If you have made a Quartz composition you might sometimes want to render it out frame by frame to another format. Here is the way that I found to get the best quality: 1. You need a Quicktime Pro license, which is a paid upgrade to the free Quicktime Player. Get it – it’s useful [...]
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    Vibeke Bertelsen is a visual artist based in Copenhagen who specializes in motion graphics and video projections for live music and other events. Per 2010 I am a part of the group called Obscura working full time doing large scale visuals and video installations. Contact me on