1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 12, 2011 11:37 AM by stuckfootage
Robert Kleindienst1 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
I understand that Shake is no longer officially supported by Apple and hasn't been for some time. I haven't walked into an Apple store in a while but I imagine that its no longer sold there. But doing some searching on ebay, I have found some copies of it for sale.
At this point, though, is it worth getting for a "newbie"? I would like to get into some of the serious compositing and other features of Shake, and I have a Mac Pro that definitely has the horsepower to run the software, but I also have my system set to get software updates automatically and so have the most up-to-date OS. Has this presented a problem for other people?
I'd love to get it, but don't want to be throwing money down the drain if it isn't going to work on my system.

Mac Pro Dual Core, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • stuckfootage Level 4 Level 4 (3,040 points)
    Hi Robert,

    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.

    Les