Posts Tagged ‘Shake


blog bomb – FCP -> AE CS4

It used to be you needed to send 500 bucks to Wes Plate and use his Automatic Duck to go from FCP to After Effects.  Not anymore…


First, send your heartfelt apologies along to Mr. Plate.  He’s awesome.  Then, check out Adobe’s video tutorialRory, eat your heart out.  Now you’ve got a business justification to upgrade to CS4.  And if you’re too lazy to wade through the entire 8min video, the breakdown is:

1. In FCP, export Apple XML v4

2. Open in Premier CS4

3. Highlight clips in timeline, create new After Effects composition.

4. Bonus option, alternatively send from Premier to Encore to make a Blu-Ray disc project.

Of course some of you may deem this as totally silly.  We’ve already got a compositing application in FCS 2 called Motion!  And even Shake can get stuff from FCP!!  Why got to Adobe!?

Well, as a Motion 3 Apple Certified Trainer I applaud your retort and encourage your passion.  But as a real world Editor / Producer, a lot of times the Graphics company I contract with doesn’t work with Motion.  Yes, I would prefer that they did and sent me all my opens, transitions, and lower thirds as Motion Master Templates.  Alas, AE users die hard, just like Avid editors.

So this is good news for us FCP editors who want to string out a sequence with a couple of edits and then hand it off to an AE shop to sexy it up.  Just make sure you media manage your media correctly.  Hrmmm, maybe that’s a topic for a soon to be released FCProse video tutorial…

proactively • not drinking the koolaid, just pointing it out on the buffet line • peter

And here’s a little bit of Vimeo random contact awesomeness.  Watch it in HD, you won’t be disappointed.

Hey, they used After Effects in this so it’s got a little bit of relevancy. Kinda…


final cut studio 3 – rumors & predictions

An interesting thread popped up on the FCP-L today as a follow up to all the Adobe integration in the recent RED Scarlet & Epic announcement: what does the future hold for Apple’s Final Cut Studio 3?

Jim Feely set the table with this MacWorld San Francisco prediction:

So what’ll Apple show at Macworld SF? I’m assuming they’ll have a booth
there. Anyway, Macworld could be the Mac Pro & OS 10.6 show this year. And
what the heck, they’ll demo FCS3 to show off the amazing power of their new
hardware. And they’ll make some point about how FCS3 is perfectly positioned
for the switchover from analog to digital television…which happens to
occur in the US one month later.

The Mac Pro hardware will be ready to go. Not sure about 10.6, but FCP (and
really, the emphasis will be on FCS3) will be more of a technology demo and
will ship sometime later.

Partner announcements will be about some major productions going Apple from
post to delivery to consumers via iTunes, Apple TV 3.0 (that happens to work
really well with NetFlix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTwob…that’s the 2.0 version of
YouTube…and whatever else Google and/or AT&T own at that time.

And then Craig Seeman chimed in with a more specific tea leaf reading:

With FCS3 people will notice that DVDSP is gone, Jobs having declared DVD dead.
Compressor will be greatly expanded.

Apple will introduce MobileMePro accounts which will come free with FCS3. It’ll have
unlimited storage and you’ll be uploading 720p24 H264 files which will be wrapped in a
Flash player as Jobs emphasizes the death of DVD as well as Blu-ray.

There will be no optical drive at all in the new MacPro and, instead, they’ll be an eSATA port
as Apple claims Hard Drives as the means to long term archival along with backing all video
up to your MobileMePro account. People will grumble about having to buy an external DVD or
Blu-ray burner.

Adobe will continue to refuse to unbundle Encore but will have a 50% off FCS trade in
program (reminiscent of Apple’s “send us your Premiere Pro discs and you’ll get Final Cut
Express free deal) for its Produce Suite.

While there has not been an official announcement from Apple regarding Final Cut Studio 3, it sure is fun to hypothesize. I’m still waiting for the Motion 3 + Shake super app. When’s that coming?

proactively • reporting prophecies • peter


De-Noise Article at Toolfarm

Michele Yamazaki of Toolfarm fame has written a really nice article detailing a few techniques to remove noise from your video.  From her article:

Noise can come from bad lighting, JPEG and other compression induced artifacting, film grain, and half-tone patterns. In DV footage, blue will almost always be the noisiest channel and green is the cleanest channel.

There’s some good Shake and FCP techniques so make sure you click through to the article.  Thanks for the post Michele.  And, you can subscribe to the Toolfarm newsletter here.

proactively • de-noising my life • peter


Next Generation for Shake?

There’s an interesting (and, to any credible news source, baseless) thread picking up momentum on the fxshare shake listserv with the subject heading Next-gen shake.

Not that a lack of credibility or baselessness has ever stopped me from speculating, the least I can do is bring you a bit of listserv lurkage:

Ean Carr started off the thread with the seemingly harmless question Any news?

A follow up response from Greg Morgan invited more discussion:

Not that I know of. Apple is being their usual tight lipped selves. Which, in this market is going to hurt them I think. A lot of places, it seems, are moving away from Shake because of it.

Eddie Offermann offered up a well formed retort, noting

It’s vacant hearsay since Apple is using their usual secretive development strategy and draconian nondisclosure agreements. Last thing I heard was that they were slipping on their 2008 delivery schedule. Early 2009 now.
I agree that it’s a mistake to be tightlipped with clients that make buying decisions that will not only allow them to choose different software but possibly hardware that Apple’s new product might not run on at all. A tech demo of the new product would be nice, even if they did nothing but say “Look, shiny! Not available until 2009.”

And in typical listserv fashion, most discussion veered off in reference to that silly DirecTV percentages commercial. But not to be taken totally off track, Randy Little chimed in with kindling for the embers:

I hear its in beta but I hear that those that would really know would be murdered for saying. Really just hearsay. I haven’t seen it I haven’t heard directly. Just rumor mill bs that means ZERO.

If anyone out there believes in the saying All rumors are based in fact (or whatever it is) eat your heart out. Otherwise, check out Creative Cow’s Shake tutorials and realize how badass this app already is in its current generation.

proactively • keeping my fingers on the pulse • peter


The rumor-mill smoked out Stu Maschwitz of ProLost fame. Stu writes:

I don’t often weigh in on these things but a year ago at NAB, Ron Brinkmann announced that he was leaving Apple and was working with The Foundry. This was in prime iPhone mania time and the rumors I found most credible, given Apple’s Leopard delays, were that many teams have been repurposed to iPhone duty and Ron had left because this reshuffling basically killed fancyNewShake. The main point is that with the prevailing rumors being along those lines, and with no indication from Apple to the contrary, combined with the 100% certainty that any future Shake-like product from Apple will be Mac OS-only, the industry is turning away. Slowly, but surely.

It’s nice over here in the Nuke pool.  It’s nice to have a modern, battle-hardened comping app and it’s nice to work with a communicative company.  It’s also nice to have an app that runs well on Mac, Windows, and Linux!

By my count, that’s Shake 0 Nuke 1.


Ron Brinkmann’s Blog

For those of you who don’t know who Ron Brinkmann is, check out his blog here. Mr. Brinkmann was cool enough to include a few pages pre-release in pdf format. Awesome.

His new book will be a must have for the remaining Shake users out there, as well as all the Nuke, After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Motion people as well. New spells for the spellbook, indeed.

Thanks to Deke Kincaid for the heads up on the fxshare newsletter.

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