Apple has delivered Shake 4.1, the first Universal version of its compositing software and cut its price from $2,999 to $499 to fit almost any production's budget. Final Cut Studio editors can now take advantage of Shake for sophisticated 3D compositing, keying, image tracking and stabilization for the price of a plug-in.
Shake continues to be the tool of choice for major motion-picture studios and leading effects houses to create award-winning visual effects including this year's Oscar winner, King Kong. "
Shake 4.1 complements Final Cut Studio by providing a full range of operations from simple re-touching to complex 3D compositing. Launched directly from the Final Cut Pro timeline, Shake uses state-of-the-art optical flow image analysis to re-time, track and stabilize shots with precision. Particle effects from Motion 2 can be dropped directly into the Shake process tree to add elements such as smoke, sparkles, and fire to sophisticated multi-plane 3D composites. High-resolution work can flow from Motion to Shake by rendering with the shared OpenEXR format for pristine film-quality reproduction.
Shake 4.1 delivers significant performance gains on the new Intel-based Macs providing artists and editors with desktop-level experience on the new MacBook Pro notebook computer. Performance tests on a MacBook Pro have shown that common tasks such as color correction, warping, and the application of filters are processed up to 3.5 times faster on a MacBook Pro than on a PowerBook G4. Artists and editors can start compositing with HD, 2K, and even 4K shots directly on location, making Shake 4.1 on a MacBook Pro an ideal tool for continuity.
Shake 4.1 is now available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $499 (US). Owners of Shake 4 can take advantage of a crossgrade to Shake 4.1 for just $49 (US).
Full details are available at www.apple.com/shake.