How to Use Shake 4 with Final Cut

Shake 4 is professional film and video editing software that provides powerful editing tools and features to its users. It is generally used for image compositing, layer blending, color correction and special effects. In recent times, you can implement it and use it with Final Cut.

Step 1: Launch Both Applications

Make sure you have both applications on your computer. Install them and launch them. Final Cut has a special command, which allows you to edit media between the 2 applications. You can use the Send to Shake command to export clips and videos into Shake 4. This way, your project is automatically linked in both Final Cut and Shake 4 outputs. Use the FileIn option to individually bring videos from Final Cut into Shake 4 scripts. You can also import and export multiple videos, turning groups of clips into single composites.

You can set the In points and Out points of each video and set the overlap time. You can move an entire sequence of videos into the Shake 4 script, and add individual effects such as chroma keying, color and frame rate correction. You can also render the automatically created FileIn and resend it to the original Final Cut project.

Step 2: Media Options

Shake 4 also comes with new conversion options and retiming parameters. You can convert different types of media from one format to another using advanced image processing tools to deinterlace, rescale and retime your files. Use it in combination with Final Cut to convert high definition image sequences into standard ones in addition to PAL video shots to NTSC. The FileIn parameters allow users to change the frame rate, resize resolutions, sharpen images and deinterlace media files. The results are high quality and professional. You can also achieve a film look for a video by first rendering the 24 frames per second conversion.

Step 3: Using Parameters

You can use the Convert mode in Shake 4 and Final Cut with different parameters. Use the Input Frame Rate to adjust the frame rate of the input media. You can choose between Interlaced and Dominance Input Frames. The Output Frame Rate also has the Interlaced and Dominance features, used in setting the format conversion.

OutputRes is used in the resolution converting process. You can scale an image using this option or the Transform option in Shake 4. The Recursive parameter enhances noise and sharpness and it is used in image enlargements. AntiAlias improves conversion quality by scaling up your media file.

The Details parameters are ideal for controlling detail sharpness, while Motion uses warp for mastering purposes. You can use motion vectors for each pixel and each frame when you want to do retiming on your video project. Last, but not least, Aspect Ratio is a powerful multiplier, perfect for HD aspect ratio conversions.

Shake 4 is a powerful editing software, and used with the Final Cut application, it is able to provide fantastic results and effects to your video projects.