ILM Switches to Shake

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
I have a very good friend who is a senior compositor at ILM. He says there's been an internal struggle within the halls of Industrial Light & Magic regarding overhauling their compositing systems.



The old-school boys who wrote the original digital compositing apps (Sabre) have been butting heads with the newbies over switching to Shake as their main compositing system. It appears that the newbies won. Why? Because it's far less expensive to equip and maintain both the hardware and software without spending huge amounts of money in R&D. In other words, why keep an entire staff of programmers to maintain and patch an antiquated system when the boys at Apple are doing just as good, if not a better job with Shake?



So, it looks like ILM will be gearing up to overhaul their compositing workstations with G5's and Shake. They hope to have 50% of their compositing workstations retrofitted by the time the bulk of Episode III's shots start coming through the pipeline.



Great news for Apple.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    rokrok Posts: 3,519member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Northgate

    Great news for Apple.



    so what happens to the sabre programmers? will we see a new sartup company (e.g. sabresoft) in the near future?



  • Reply 2 of 4
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Sabre?



    They're rattled.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,132member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kickaha

    Sabre?



    They're rattled.






  • Reply 4 of 4
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Northgate

    I have a very good friend who is a senior compositor at ILM. He says there's been an internal struggle within the halls of Industrial Light & Magic regarding overhauling their compositing systems.



    The old-school boys who wrote the original digital compositing apps (Sabre) have been butting heads with the newbies over switching to Shake as their main compositing system. It appears that the newbies won. Why? Because it's far less expensive to equip and maintain both the hardware and software without spending huge amounts of money in R&D. In other words, why keep an entire staff of programmers to maintain and patch an antiquated system when the boys at Apple are doing just as good, if not a better job with Shake?



    So, it looks like ILM will be gearing up to overhaul their compositing workstations with G5's and Shake. They hope to have 50% of their compositing workstations retrofitted by the time the bulk of Episode III's shots start coming through the pipeline.



    Great news for Apple.




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    awesome.... so you've got the hook up at ILM eh? can you get me a job there in about 3 years?
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