Quartz Builder

Markh's picture

Hi. been having a play with Quartz Builder, couple of things. It seam to miss the background color. Ive put a clear patch set to black and I get the composition but a grey background. Also when I export inputs on the base layer so I can edit them using the patch parameters. I cant seam to export the patch in Quartz Builder..

Ta MArk

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cwright's picture
Re: Quartz Builder

Markh wrote:
It seam to miss the background color. Ive put a clear patch set to black and I get the composition but a grey background.

It's not missing the clear background. You're seeing right through the composition to the window under it. Set the Opaque option to false, and set the Background value to a clear color (Opaque and Background are for the composition's window), and you'll be able to see through it.

Markh wrote:
Also when I export inputs on the base layer so I can edit them using the patch parameters. I cant seam to export the patch in Quartz Builder..

There's no support for published inputs yet -- We're planning on supporting them in an upcoming release.

Markh's picture
Re: Quartz Builder

It's not missing the clear background. You're seeing right through the composition to the window under it. Set the Opaque option to false, and set the Background value to a clear color (Opaque and Background are for the composition's window), and you'll be able to see through it.

Sorry Chris. I cant see those options anywhere? (Opaque and Background)

gtoledo3's picture
Re: Quartz Builder

Look at this link...

http://kineme.net/Release/Production/QuartzBuilder

Go to my first post on the thread and download my zip, and it will show an example app setup to get a clear background.

The crux of it is that you want to go to the window output macro in the Quartz Builder protocol template. Look at the port that says "Opaque". Change that to false.

Now, go to background color (the very bottom option on the protocol template), and change the color to clear... which will look like black, but with alpha at 0. If in doubt as to what this is... pull up the RGB generator patch, plug it into the color input, and set every value to 0.

Maybe you have just been dropping a composition into the Quartz Builder and not putting it on top of the template first? That will work, but it won't give you as many options. If you aren't using the template, just create a new qtz from template, and copy from one qtz onto the template. Then, do your app build.

I should add that if your main background is some kind of solid color, or if there isn't some kind of of transparent color thing going on in the actual composition (add mode or alpha blending with correct color choice), it's never ever going to look clear :o)