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How to convert a quartz composition to a H.264 movie.

Quartz Composer is great for building visual animations. Unfortunately, those animations aren't portable to non-Macintosh platforms unless converted to an alternate format. Here's how to use Silica to convert Quartz Compositions to H.264 movies.

  1. Create a new Silica project.

    Silica projects contain a collection of quartz compositions, along with the settings that determine how compositions are converted to another format. To create a project, click the Create New Project button on the Welcome Screen or select File > New from the menubar.


  2. Add quartz compositions.

    To add individual compositions or a folder of compositions, click the Import button on the toolbar or select File > Add Compositions... from the menubar. You may also drag compositions and folders from Finder on to the Tray.


  3. Set the input parameters for each composition, if needed.

    Some compositions have parameters that can be externally modified. If the selected composition fits this description, the Settings button will be enabled on the toolbar. Click this button to work with the input parameters for the selected composition.


  4. Adjust the output settings.

    Before a composition can be exported, you need to specify a duration and the desired video encoding.


  5. Export.

    To begin, click the Export button on the toolbar or select File > Export To Movie... from the menubar. Output progress may be monitored by clicking the Activity Monitor Button on the toolbar or selecting Windows > Show Activity Monitor from the menubar.


  6. Save your project.

    Silica projects are stored in a .silica file. To save a project, select the File > Save option from the menubar.

From Quartz Composer To QuickTime Movies!

Check out this video to get a quick overview of how Silica can help you make the most of your quartz compositions.

Silica is available in the Mac App Store.
Version 4.0.1 will be available May 1st.

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