View Full Version : Linux Shake - Wich format export?

07 July 2005, 06:16 AM
Wich movie files formats does Shake for Linux export? Far as I know, it doesn't export in Quicktime MOV, so, wich format it does?

By the way, just a curiosity, seems Shake on Linux is faster then in Mac, but, why the Linux version is twice expensive if it has some limitations (audio, export, etc..) that the Mac version doesn't? Is this a marketing stragegy from Apple, to convice Shake users get a Mac? :rolleyes:

07 July 2005, 11:35 PM
Since Linux doesn't have Quicktime officially, just render everything as IFF's. That's what I do in OSX anyway. They're almost as small as a Quicktime Animation, hold more info like Z-Depth, run faster in Shake, allow you to render a sequence across a farm, and if your render crashes you don't have to start over. With that said, if I need a Quicktime, I just pop it in After Effects on another machine since any machine that requires a Quicktime file can convert my sequence to a Quicktime.

For a complete list of what you can export from Shake under Linux, just look in the FileOut node or help files.

To answer your other question, yes it's a marketing plan on Apple's part to sell more copies for OSX than Linux because they make the price difference back when you buy a Mac. The render nodes are free for a reason, they want to sell more hardware.

07 July 2005, 09:07 PM
Will be cheaper get a Mac with Shake instead of a PC (almost the same setup as a good mac for Shake running) with Shake for Linux? Software and hardware, together.

07 July 2005, 02:30 AM
Yes, for an individual user it would be cheaper to get Shake on a Mac with equivalent hardware. Once again, that's Apple's plan. That's why they discontinued the Windows version since it competes on the individual market. Apple continues to suport the Linux version because many big studios are based around Linux and the cost of their hardware and support teams are much greater than the Shake price difference.

07 July 2005, 07:12 PM
There are many command line apps on linux that will convert and play quicktimes. So you can just add an extra step for converting to/from sequential files to qt's. Check out "mencoder" or "nsconvert".

mplayer, xine and vlc all playback all qt file formats under linux.

07 July 2005, 02:54 AM
Usually, in wich format the movie is exported, if not exporting into image sequence?


07 July 2005, 03:23 AM
It depends what the destination is for the movie files (archive, dailies, dvd, editor, etc...).

07 July 2005, 05:12 PM
I searched in Apple's site to see wich movie file formats Shake for Linux is able to export but couldn't find. I understand what you mean, it depends on the destination of the job. I didn't make the right question, sorry. What I want to know is wich file formats it can export/render. If it can't export in MOV, and I guess AVI it can't too, wich movie file format it can?

07 July 2005, 06:11 AM
Shake for linux doesn't support any movie formats. Only sequential images. Thats why I suggested using one of the many free utilities out there for linux if you want to convert sequential files into qt or avi files.

There is a plugin on highend for shake that supports exporting mpeg 1&2 files.

07 July 2005, 02:07 AM
Now I got what you want to say.

Do you have the name of this plug you said?

Apple not making Shake at least exporting in MOV is a marketing strategy to increase hardware sells?

07 July 2005, 08:19 AM
It wouldn't hurt if you took 5 seconds and actually went to highend to look for it yourself?

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