A while back I posted a review of the FxFactory set of effects from the good folks at Noise Industries. They are really a remarkable set of effects because they run off of some of the core operating system components that allow for better performance and a really great number of effects. Even better is the fact that the package allows the user to tweak the existing effects and also create his or her own. This is possible through the Quartz Compositor application in the Mac OS. It’s a node-based way of programming your own effects (among other things) without writing any code. I had mentioned in the review that creating my own effects this-a-way is still more in-depth a skill that I wanted to learn but even the ability to do it at all is great for those who want to dive in.
Enter a new tutorial from dvcreators.net. They recently posted a half hour course on using the Quartz Compositor to create light rays. It’s a great study if you want to learn more about this powerful interface and in turn learn how to use your FxFactory Pro effects even better. The course contains a 27 minute Quicktime movie that guides you step by step through the creation of the effects and how it integrates with the whole operating system as well as a number of supporting files. So click on over and start learning!