10100 SW Allen Blvd
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Learn to Make Interactive Video with your Mac!

We are very lucky to have Surya Buchwald (also known as Momo the Monster -- http://mmmlabs.com) teaching a Quartz Composer workshop.

Quartz Composer (QC) is a free, powerful but easy-to-use visual programming language for the Apple Macintosh that can create and manipulate video and graphics in real time. This workshop will take you from starting the program for the first time to building your own Interactive scene controlled with a gamepad. You'll learn how to teach yourself QC, and meet others with whom you can collaborate and troubleshoot. No programming experience necessary.

For more information about QC, see: http://developer.apple.com/mac/articles/graphicsmedia/quartzcomposerinleopard.html
To play with an interactive video piece (written by Surya), go to http://momopro.com/stage/qc/ -- click and hold your mouse on the video and move it around to control the video.

Immediately following the QC workshop, from 3-6pm, we will have a meeting of the NorthWest AudioVisualists -- a new group of artists, musicians, animators, and video jockeys -- which will include live performances using QC. See http://nwav.org for more information.


  • Macintosh computer running 10.5 (Leopard). Anything from a G4 iBook to a Mac Pro tower will work.

  • Gamepad (Mac-compatible). We recommend the Logitech Dual Action, which looks like a Playstation controller and can be purchased for $20 from Fred Meyer or Fry's (or $22 from Radio Shack or Target, or -- yikes! -- $25 from Best Buy). They are also easy to get online. You can use any USB controller or joystick, but this one will be the easiest with which to follow along.

  • XCode - This can be installed from your System DVD that came with your computer - it used to be called 'Developer Tools'. It will install the components needed to develop software on your machine, including our Quartz Composer program. After installing, do a system update. If you can't find this software, let us know and we'll show up early with a version to install.

Official Website: http://opentechspace.org/2009/05/27/quartz-composer-workshop/

Added by wm on May 27, 2009