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Learning Quartz Composer: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Motion Graphics with Quartz Composer by Surya Buchwald, Graham Robinson

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Chapter 1. What Is Quartz Composer and Why Should I Learn It?

Welcome to the first chapter! Are you ready to discover a whole new world? This chapter introduces Quartz Composer, explains how it differs from other applications you may have used before, and describes the many different end products you can create with it. We’ll explain just how flexible it is and why you should always experiment, experiment, experiment!

The following terms are used throughout this book:

• QC: Quartz Composer.

• Patch: the basic building blocks of QC. Each little box in the editor is a patch.

• Composition: any saved QC file but normally a collection of patches you arrange to do something.

• Noodle: the flexible lines that connect patches, created by clicking ...

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