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Apple Shake 4 Tutorial

Apple Shake 4 is cutting-edge compositing software, favored by many Oscar-winning effects artists. It allows 2D and 3D compositing, integration with Final Cut Studio and supports high-quality, 32-bit output to film and HD. It has been used in award-winning movies Return of the King, King Kong, and many others. It's so affordable that even smaller production budgets can use Shake as part of their compositing workflow. In this Shake 4 course, you will learn the basics of utilizing the Shake toolset, navigating within its interface, and importing and outputting various file formats. You'll then learn all about compositing, color nodes, layer nodes, timing and keyframing, rotoshaping, Quickpaint, color keying with keylight and primatte, tracking, stabilizing, warps, filters, and much more. To begin learning today, simply click on the Apple Shake 4 movie links.

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What this Course Covers
New Features In Shake 4
System Requirements
Introduction to Node Based Compositing

Orientation On Main Windows

Opening Shake for the First Time
Viewer & Tool Tabs
Parameters & Globals

Orientation On Secondary Windows

Color Picker / Pixel Analyzer & Time Bar
Curve Editor / Audio Panel & Time View
Command Line / Help / & Title Bar
Top Menus

Using the Interface

Viewing Images
Using the Node Workspace
Working with Parameters & Globals pt. 1
Working with Parameters & Globals pt. 2
Changing Global Parameters
Viewing Channels & Compare Buffers
Navigation & Keyboard Shortcuts

FileIn & File Browser

FileIn Node
Using the Browser
Importing Different File Formats
Replacing Footage
Basic Retiming with the FileIn Node

Basic Compositing

Introduction to Compositing
Exporting from Final Cut to Shake
Creating a Basic Node Tree
Launching a Flipbook
File Out to Disk

Color Nodes

Color Correct Node
Other Color Nodes pt. 1
Other Color Nodes pt. 2
Color Spaces & Bit Depth

Transform / Layer & Image Nodes

Intro to Transform Nodes
Transform Node Rundown pt. 1
Transform Node Rundown pt. 2
Introduction to Layer Nodes
Layer Node Rundown pt. 1
Layer Node Rundown pt. 2
Image Nodes


Alpha Channels
Introduction to Matting & Masking
Garbage Mask & Domain of Definition
Creating & Modifying Rotoshapes pt. 1
Creating & Modifying Rotoshapes pt. 2
Animating Rotoshapes pt. 1
Animating Rotoshapes pt. 2


Quickpaint Uses & Demo pt. 1
Quickpaint Uses & Demo pt. 2
Quickpaint Tools pt. 1
Quickpaint Tools pt. 2
Perspective Painting

Timing & Keyframing

Auto-Keyframing vs. Manual Keyframing
Curve Editor pt. 1
Curve Editor pt. 2
Curve Editor pt. 3
Working with Motion Blur
Fades & Dissolves
Time View
Retiming Footage

Color Keying with Keylight

Introduction to Color Keying
Keylight Basics pt. 1
Keylight Basics pt. 2
Keylight Workflow
Other Keyers

Color Keying with Primatte

Primatte Basics
Primatte Workflow pt. 1
Primatte Workflow pt. 2
Combining Keyers

Tracking & Stabilizing

Uses of Tracking Nodes
Tracking Nodes Parameters pt. 1
Tracking Nodes Parameters pt. 2
1-Point Tracking
Tracking Tips & Tricks pt. 1
Tracking Tips & Tricks pt. 2
Corner Pinning pt. 1
Corner Pinning pt. 2

Warps & Filters

Using the Warp Tab
Using the Filters Tab pt. 1
Using the Filters Tab pt. 2

Shake & 3D Programs

Exporting from 3D Programs
Compositing Render Passes
Working with PreMultiplied Images

Film Compositing

Working with Film Color Space
3:2 Pulldown
Pixel Aspect Ratios
Resolution Management
Working with Proxies

Working with Video & Audio

Field Dominance
Tips & Tricks with Video
Working with Audio
Output Methods

Exporting a Finished Composite

Using the FileOut Node for Video
Using the FileOut Node for Film
Using Multiple FileOut Nodes

Command Line In OSX & Expressions

The Command Line
Simple Commands
Command Line Rendering
Basic Expressions


Shake Resources
Wrap Up
About this Author

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