1872 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 12, 2011 11:37 AM by stuckfootage
Shake is pretty amazing. It has held up well with updates to Snow Leopard
and the i series processors, and its nodal approach is ideal for compositing
and effects. When looking at the price, keep in mind that it will never
be updated and may someday stop working.
On the other hand, it runs on multiple cores and offers a truly professional
environment. It ends up being an inexpensive way to learn the art of
compositing and special effects, knowledge which you take with you
as the software landscape shifts through time.
What are the alternatives? Nuke is probably the closest ($4500).
After Effects and Motion offer a lot of the functionality, but with
a clunky timeline interface. Smoke offers incredible power
and speed and it's only $15,000.
A significant alternative may be 2011 FCS. You could wait to see
how wonderful it is. Many essential functions in Motion and Compressor
have been gleaned from Shake, so it's possible Apple may come up
with the last nail in its coffin soon.
But it's a wonderful piece of software.