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Getting Started

Getting Started

The leading compositing system for feature film effects, Shake™ from Apple is a high-speed compositing software optimized for high-resolution visual effects. Designed for quality, speed, and efficiency, Shake has quickly become the leading compositing choice for cutting-edge visual effects in feature films, as well as IMAX films. Since its debut, Shake has been used in every film that won the Academy Award for Visual Effects—Titanic, What Dreams May Come, The Matrix, Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

About Apple Pro Training Series

Apple Pro Training Series Shake 3 is part of the official training series for Apple graphics, editing, and authoring software developed by experts in the field. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. If you're new to Shake, you'll learn the fundamental concepts and features you'll need to master the program. If you've been using Shake for a while, you'll find that this book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version of Shake.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there's room for exploration and experimentation. I recommend that you follow the book from start to finish, or at least complete the first five chapters before jumping around in a haphazard manner. Each lesson concludes with a review section summarizing what you've learned.

System Requirements

Before beginning to use Apple Pro Training Series Shake 3 you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation included with your system.

Before you install Shake, ensure that your system meets the following minimum requirements:

Macintosh System Configuration

Minimum Desktop Hardware and Software Configuration
  • 800 MHz PowerPC G4 or higher desktop

  • Mac OS X 10.2.5 (or later)

  • Three-button mouse

  • QuickTime 6.0 (or later)

  • 1GB local disk space for caching and temporary files

  • 256MB of RAM

  • A video display card with 32MB of VRAM and Open GL hardware acceleration, such as the NVIDIA® 4 MX or ATI® Radeon 7500

  • 1280 × 1024 display with 24-bit color

Minimum PowerBook Hardware and Software Configuration
  • 800 MHz PowerPC G4 or higher PowerBook

  • Mac OS X 10.2.5 (or later)

  • Three-button mouse

  • QuickTime 6.0 (or later)

  • 1GB local disk space for caching and temporary files

  • 256MB of RAM

  • A video display card with 32MB of VRAM and Open GL hardware acceleration, such as the NVIDIA®4 MX or ATI® Radeon 7500

  • 1280 × 1024 display with 24-bit color (optional for external monitor)

Minimum Server Hardware and Software Configuration
  • 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or higher XServe

  • Mac OS X Server 10.2.5 (or later)

  • Three-button mouse (optional for render station, required for compositing seat)

  • QuickTime 6.0 (or later)

  • 1GB local disk space for caching and temporary files

  • 256MB of RAM

  • A video display card with 32MB of VRAM and Open GL hardware acceleration, such as the NVIDIA® 4 MX or ATI® Radeon 7500 (optional for render station, required for compositing seat)

  • 1280 × 1024 display with 24-bit color (optional for render station, required for compositing seat)

Installing Shake

The DVD that accompanies this book includes a full copy of Shake 3. A free 30-day license is available online. Use the following guidelines to install and start Shake on a Macintosh OS X 10.2.5 system.

NOTE

Shake requires you to use Mac OS X 10.2.5 (or later). If you do not have Mac OS X 10.2.5, you need to install it on your system before you can run Shake.


Installing Shake on a Macintosh System

This installation will require you to restart your computer. We recommend you close all applications before starting to install.

1.
Insert the Apple Pro Training Series Shake 3 DVD into your DVD drive.

2.
Go to the Trial Software folder and copy the Shake3.dmg file to your desktop.

3.
Double-click the Shake3.dmg file.

The Shake3 volume is created.

4.
Double-click the Shake3 volume icon.

The Install Shake 3 icon appears in the Shake3 window.

5.
Double-click the Shake 3 icon.

The Install Shake and Authenticate windows appear.

6.
In the Authenticate window, enter your Mac OS X Name and Password or phrase.

7.
In the Install Shake window, follow the onscreen instructions.

Destination Options

In the Select Destination dialog, installation is only available on partitions with Mac OS X 10.2.5 (or later). By default, Shake is installed in the Applications folder on your hard drive. Although the Applications folder is the recommended folder, you can move Shake to a different folder.

Installation Options

In the Installation Type dialog, select one of the following installation options:

  • Upgrade— Performs an Easy Install, which includes Shake and the documentation, but no tutorial images

  • Customize— Gives you the option to install Shake and the documentation, only the tutorial images, or Shake and the documentation with the tutorial images

Shake Folder Contents

When Shake is installed, four icons appear in the Shake3 folder: Shake, shkqtv, shkv, and a doc folder. The Shake icon represents the Shake application, and it can be placed in the Dock. The shkv icon represents the Shake Viewer application (the flipbook player). You cannot launch the Shake Viewer application outside of Shake. When you create a flipbook in Shake, the Shake Viewer is automatically launched and the shkv icon appears in the Dock.

NOTE

All of the Shake files are stored within the application. To view the Shake package contents, Ctrl-click / right-click the Shake icon and select Show Package Contents.


Obtaining the 30-Day Free License

Before you can launch Shake, you must obtain a license. This book comes with a free 30-day license of Shake, available online.

1.
In your Web browser, go to http://shake.apple.com/shakedemo.

2.
Follow the instructions to download and install your free license.

NOTE

Your 30-day license begins on the day you download it.


Copying the Shake Lesson Files

The Apple Pro Training Series Shake 3 DVD includes folders containing all the electronic files for the lessons. Each lesson has its own folder. You must install these folders on your hard drive to use the files for the lessons. To save room on your drive, you can install the folders for each lesson as you need them.

Installing the Shake Lesson Files

1.
Insert the Apple Pro Training Series Shake 3 DVD into your DVD drive.

2.
Create a folder on your hard drive and name it Shake Lessons.

3.
Drag the Lessons folder from the DVD into the Shake Lessons folder on your hard drive.

Resources

This book is not meant to replace the documentation that comes with the program. Only the commands used in the lessons are explained in the book. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to these resources:

  • The Reference GuideAccessed through the Shake Help menu, the Reference Guide contains a complete description of all features.

  • Tutorials— The Shake Help menu includes a useful set of tutorials.

  • The Apple Web site— You can view the Web site by choosing Help > Shake Home Page if you have a connection to the World Wide Web, or go to www.apple.com/shake.

Apple Pro End-User Certification

The Apple Pro Training and Certification Programs are designed to keep you at the forefront of Apple's digital media technology while giving you a competitive edge in today's ever-changing job market. Whether you're an editor, graphic designer, sound designer, special effects artist, or teacher, these training tools are meant to help you expand your skills.

Upon completing the course material in this book, you can become an Apple Pro by taking the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. Certification is offered in Final Cut Pro 4 (two levels), DVD Studio Pro 2, Shake 3, and Logic 6. Successful certification as an Apple Pro gives you official recognition of your knowledge of Apple's professional applications while allowing you to market yourself to employers and clients as a skilled, pro-level user of Apple products.

To find an Authorized Training Center near you, go to www.apple.com/software/pro/training.

For those who prefer to learn in an instructor-led setting, Apple also offers training courses at Apple Authorized Training Centers worldwide. These courses, which use the Apple Pro Training Series books as their curriculum, are taught by Apple Certified Trainers and balance concepts and lectures with hands-on labs and exercises. Apple Authorized Training Centers for Pro products have been carefully selected and have met Apple's highest standards in all areas, including facilities, instructors, course delivery, and infrastructure. The goal of the program is to offer Apple customers, from beginners to the most seasoned professionals, the highest quality training experience.

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