Apple has offered NAB attendees a peek at Shake 4 - due to launch in June. Version 4 of the compositing software is a major upgrade with 3D multi-plane compositing, cutting-edge optical flow image processing and integration with Final Cut Pro 5.

Shake’s new OpenGL accelerated 3D multi-plane compositing node enables artists to composite live action and 3D CGI layers.

Seamlessly integrated into the node view, 3D compositing works with the same flexible user interface as every other operation and is as fast and high quality as 2D operations.

Shake 4 offers the ability to position, rotate and animate unlimited layers and cameras in 3D space; it features advanced optical flow technology that uses pixel-by-pixel image analysis to create smooth retiming and automatic stabilization; the speed of any clip can be adjusted; and it can revive unusable content by automatically removing camera jitter from static shots and correcting uneven pans across a scene without setting tracking points.


Shake 4 integrates Truelight monitor calibration to maintain colour consistency between the computer screen and the final look of the film. It can also distribute visual effects processing across a cluster of Apple’s Xserve G5 servers or Power Mac G5 desktop computers for maximum rendering performance.

Apple’s VP of applications marketing Rob Schoeben said: “From Academy award-winning films to broadcast television, Shake helps bring realistic visual effects to life. 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 for Mac OS X with unlimited render licenses will be available in June and will cost £1,999. The cross-platform version of Shake 4 will be available for a suggested retail price of £3,999. The Shake 4 upgrade price is £699. All prices are including VAT.