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Hey guys! This is Eric from www.finalcutstudioschool.com. Back at you with another quick shake tutorial. I was trying to show you some of the cool features in this application, and why is it such a big integral part of Final Cut Studio too, even though it is not included. It used to be way back in a day when it was on version two it was almost say $10,000 program. It was a $10,000 application, and then $70,000 a year after that for your render license.
And now, it has come down to like 499 and I recommend anybody whose halfway serious about depositing a visual effects, or anybody that has Final Cut Studio too, to get shake.
Granted Apple is probably coming out with the new compositor in ’08 sometime to replace its shake, but I'm assuming it’s going to be more expensive than shake, so I'm going to stick to shake, because it has used on so many movies Pirates of the Caribbean, you know all the Lord of Rings and Harry Potters and cross that out on the list around here somewhere, but it’s just goes on and on and on.
So here’s what I got, I want to show you the quick auto align feature in shake this is awesome. As you can see, I have some pictures up here. This is just a race car. Radio grad, now I got these, these are the ones, I'm concentrating on. These three right here.
Now, I want to make this one—let’s see if I can get it up here so I can see it. My middle one will make this one my left one, and I’ll make this one my right one. So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to select my first picture here, and I'm going down to my layers or transform tab, and I'm going to select the auto align. And that’s going throw that in auto align mode.
So now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to drag my other three pictures down to my auto align, this is going to tell shake that when I come down here, you can be precise or robust, if precise don’t do it for you, robust will most of the time.
Now, when I hit initialize, it’s going to tell shake to start working and shake is going to start working putting these pictures together, and it’s going to give me a solid plate. This is how you work with plates in shake. So, this should give us one solid picture. Here we go, let’s hit analyze, this might take in a minute. It probably is doing some heavy computations here, this why shake is so powerful and there we go.
We’ll go to the viewer, hit the F key, and boom as you can see it has put these three plates together. It let’s you pick the blend mode, which is not running out now. I'm going to put it this more blend mode, which is on none right now. I am going to put it to smart blend. If I put it to mix you can see where it’s overlapping here. If you put smart blend is probably the best result and this will try match luminance/ match lum.
So now, I have this one big plate. So now, I'm going to hit the space bar here. Look at it, it looks pretty good. I'm going to now select my auto align mode. I'm going to crop node.
So now, if I got my crop node, I’ll make sure my crop node is selected. Go to my viewer hit space bar, scale it up. I’ll just grab my crop edges here. Crop it down, and then. There we go guys of full size plate, with four resolutions. Can you tell that that was three separate pictures? You tell me. Where do you see that it was three separate pictures? This is the power of Shake guys.
I hope you learned something, and we’ll see you next time.