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QuartzCrystalCLI is the command-line interface to the QuartzCrystal renderer. It's used behind the scenes from the GUI, and can also be used manually.

It's located in the /Contents/Resources folder of the Application Bundle (where it's needed by the GUI), but can also be copied elsewhere (e.g., /usr/local/bin) for easier access.

When run without any command-line options, it looks like this:

QuartzCrystal 2.0 (20110529 X86)
Copyright (C) 2011 Kosada Incorporated.
usage: ./QuartzCrystalCLI [options] [Composition File]
Where Options are as follows:
   * --version      prints the current version/build number
   * --help      prints this message
   * -o [file]      output file name
   * -w [width]      output width, in pixels.  Default is 640
   * -h [height]   output height, in pixels.  Default is 480
   * -c [codec]      output codec (use '-c help' to list available codecs).  Default is 'avc1'
   * -f [framerate]   output framerate, in frames per second.  Default is 30
   * -q [quality]   codec quality -- 0-5, lowest to highest.  Default is 3
   * -a [antialias]   amount of anti-aliasing -- 1-8 are sane values.  Default is 1 (none)
   * -m [motionblur]   amount of motion blur -- 1-1024 are sane values.  Default is 1 (none)
   * -d [duration]   length of movie in seconds.  Default is 10
   * -s [start time]   initial frame time.  Default is 0
   * -l [time scale]   time multiplier.  Default is 1
   * -p [key=value]   parameter control.
   * -e [file]      a QCRecording event file to render.  If specified, and no duration is specified,
         renders entire QCRecording event file.
   * -v         increases verbosity.  Default is 0 (no output).

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Re: QuartzCrystalCLI

A demo ?shell script to create a render queue with options set would be awesome.

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Re: QuartzCrystalCLI I just added some examples to the wiki page.'s picture
Re: QuartzCrystalCLI

Much obliged, @smokris — everything I was hoping for and more!