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  08 August 2005
Shake 101: Interface And Workflow.

I got the Shake 101: Interface And Workflow. For me Iam abit new to Shake and for me this guy goes about this perrty good.In the first night I bought this.I watch up to chapter 6.Now he does go slow on alot of things which can good. But if your a person that using Shake on a daily basic this wouldbe just a geranl overview of the app.So I would have to say this is more for newbies.But thier is some hard concepts in there to grasp.But with the people in these forum and abit of time that aslo is do able.

One con for me at least.
i think maybe the DvD I got might half not be made right or some thing.Because in my projoect files folder are missing sofar three images.So Iam going to call up Gnomon WorkShop today and see what might of happen.
The reason why I think there a problem is becuase when on went to load/script/UFO.shk etc...
the Shake tree script load up great.But the image seq of the UFO didnot load in.Where this image seq should of been loaded all there was a node that said UFO but this node was red.I hope this make since.

But other that sofar the lesson have been very helpful.
  08 August 2005
cool, thanks for the info dash.

figdigital | @figdigital
  08 August 2005
Let me know what Gnomon told you about that. I've had the same problem with my Digital Sets 3 DVD.
  08 August 2005
RE: FileIn's RED


You will want to drag the source footage {and the script (.shk file)} off the DVD and on to you local drive. Then reconnect the footage to the script by initiating the file navigator within the FileIn's source tab.

You'll see a small folder icon next to the current footage path.

Click on it and it will evoke the File Nav.

Find your footage in it's new location on the local drive and import it.

The Red warning will go away once Shake has a viable link.

Once the clips are relinked, resave the script as a new version.

Have fun.


  08 August 2005
I picked up the Colour Correction, Tracking & Transforms and the Effective Keying Techniques DVDs last week. So far, I have nothing but praise. I've worked my way through the colour correction DVD and I'm currently watching the keying lessons.

The colour correction lessons are fairly basic/intermediate, but if CC is a gap in your knowledge - like it was mine - then they are definately worthwhile. The whole dvd is really just a thorough run through of all the nodes in the colour and layer palettes, with an explaination of what they do, what each property does and most importantly, why you would want to use that particular node. My only dissapointment is the fairly shallow explaination of lin/log colour spaces and how to work with cineon files, but I now realise this is probably covered in more depth with the Compositing Fundamentals DVD. Then again, you can probably fill this gap without purchasing a whole other dvd.

I'm only a short way into it, but the keying lessons are great so far. Again, there is a pretty big emphasis on why you do things along with how to do things.

The value for money with these DVDs is pretty great. Nice long lessons means the information doesn't rush by, Matt Linder explains his own preference for particular techniques (ie, only manipulating the red & blue channels, leaving the green channel alone, when CC with a mult node) and again, the is an emphasis on why you would use each technique, which I feel is the most valuable part of DVD or face to face lessons as opposed to just reading the manual.

To compare this set with the other prominant shake dvd training set, CMIVfx's training DVDs (which I also own), I would have to give the Gnomon videos the thumbs up over the CMI ones. The CMI lessons are only OK - they are a little shallow and rushed and really pretty limited in scope compared to the Gnomon lessons. Value for money is pretty important when you are slapping down 200 odd dollars on DVD training, and the Gnomon shake set is easily above and beyond the CMI set in this regard.
  08 August 2005
Thanks for the review guys. They've been very helpful. I'm comtemplating on purchasing the whole gnomon compositing set when I get some extra cash. I'm a beginner Shake user, but I've done compositing before.

Keep those reviews coming!
  08 August 2005
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