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Quartz Compositions no longer working in Keynote

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Jan Renell Calculating status...
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Jan 8, 2009 1:02 AM
Anyone having any luck inserting movies exported from Quartz Composer or raw .qtz files?

We use a lot of that for backgrounds and effects, and in Keynote 5.0 all we get is a solid white rectangle instead of all that coolness.
MacBook Pro 2.53, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Magnus Lewan Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
    I'm not on my Mac right now, so this is a guess, but did you try saving as Package (to be set as an option in the preferences dialogue).

    I remember that Quartz compositions were stored in a fairly peculiar way in the packages, and perhaps that got broken when they changed to single file format.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Magnus Lewan Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Jan 8, 2009 10:35 AM (in response to Jan Renell)
    I'm on my Mac now and actually tested. It works for me.

    I simply created a new blank presentation and dragged "ImageInfo Test.qtz" from the developer examples, and the hue of the stones and fish changes correctly.

    It works in Quartz Composer too, but strangely enough, I get a bunch of error messages there.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7 (21,415 points)
    Hi Jan

    I got a new MacBook Pro, with a later version of QuickTime installed (7.5.7) than the dowloadable one. This version, I guess, has support for the special switchable graphic processors in the current MacBook Pro. It now seems that with this QuickTime version, the slower graphics chip (nVidia GeForce 9400M) can play the .qtz files in Keynote 5, but the faster one (nVidia GeForce 9600M GT) can't.


    Glad to know this, as I have a new MBP too. I haven't updated to Keynote 5 as I'm waiting for bugs to get sorted out. I'm doing a presentation in a week and don't want to deal with oddities.

    As these are user to user forums, word doesn't necessarily get to Apple. Best way is to send feedback from Keynote via Keynote Menu>Send Feedback. Reference the URL of this thread.
    iMac 2.4GHz 4 GB RAM, MacBook Pro 2.53 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), WD Studio 750 gb HD, Canon iP4500 Printer, Airport Express (2 units)
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 Level 7 (21,415 points)
    Thanks for the update. Hopefully, a fix is released soon as I really want to use Keynote 09 on my MBP. The new transitions are fantastic.
    iMac 2.4GHz 4 GB RAM, MacBook Pro 2.53 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), WD Studio 750 gb HD, Canon iP4500 Printer, Airport Express (2 units)
  • wideEyedPupil Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)
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    Jan 10, 2009 7:18 AM (in response to Jan Renell)
    If you join apples quartz developer mailing list there are a few threads discussion the poor performance of new Nvidia cards on MacBookPro (both on board and dedicated card). Some conclude it's a quartz composer only issue some an Nvidia OpenGL coding problem. No clear answers but various problems.

    http://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#search/nvidia+cards/11d77215c09588e6

    search thread for "Nvidia card" for other threads

    .qtz + KN 5.0 okay on my old mac
    Dual 1.8GHz G5, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Wacom 6x11"
  • DL Byron Calculating status...
    Excellent Forum response -- I was just sweating this same issue. Keynote 09 does not play Quartz Composer compositions on my MBP, but does on my MBA -- it's the card or something related to the card.
    MBP 15, MBA, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
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