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It seems Apple snuck one more “secret” into MacOS X 10.4 (aka Tiger): Apple says that Quartz Composer is a “development tool provided with Mac OS X v10.4 for processing and rendering graphical data”. But that’s a bit of an understatement, as it also happens to be a patching-based tool perfect for creating VJ applications.

It’s not quite Max/MSP or VVVV, but the principles are the same. And since the underlying technology is the full power of the Quartz drawing APIs, OpenGL and Quicktime, it’s a powerful mix. You can find more information at Quartz Compositions wiki, or the ClockSkew and QuartzComps blogs.

5 Responses to “Apple’s VJ secret: Quartz Composer”
1. Lehni, August 8th, 2005 at 15:08

Quartz Composer was developed under the name Pixel Shox Studio by Pierre-Olivier Latour and was available here for a long time.
Then Apple bought it and it seems that they even employed Latour, but I’m not sure about that. The application disappeard just to reappear a while later under the new name Quartz Composer.

This explains why the tool is so suitable for the VJ-ing task. It seems to have been initially developed for that.

2. watz, August 10th, 2005 at 09:08

You´re right, Apple did employ Latour. I read somewhere that he just about “disappeared” for a while after announcing that he had taken a new job he couldn´t talk about.

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