Shake 4 due in June
"From Academy award-winning films to broadcast television, Shake helps bring realistic visual effects to life," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Marketing. "With 3D multi-plane compositing, advanced optical flow technology and tight integration with Final Cut Pro 5, Shake 4 opens up a wide range of new creative opportunities for artists everywhere."
Shake 4 features advanced optical flow technology that uses pixel-by-pixel image analysis to create smooth retiming and automatic stabilization. Editors and visual effects artists can now effortlessly adjust the speed of any clip to achieve Hollywood-quality results, according to Apple. Shake 4 can also revive unusable content by automatically removing camera jitter from static shots and correcting uneven pans across a scene without setting tracking points.
The update alsointegrates Truelight monitor calibration to maintain color consistency between the computer screen and the final look of the film, allowing compositors to accurately pre-visualize the look of their HD or film imagery, saving time and effort. Shake 4 can also distribute visual effects processing across a cluster of Xserve G5 servers or Power Mac G5 desktop computers for maximum rendering performance and efficiency.
New integration with Final Cut Studio allows Shake 4 to be launched directly from the Final Cut Pro 5 timeline and using the XML interchange format, cuts and layers from the timeline automatically generate a Shake process tree.