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leif falk
Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Aug 22, 2011 at 3:55:59 pm

hi guys.
the subject tells everything i want.
i am just searching the web and i find incredibly few answers on this.
if anyone knows anything, please help.


thanks


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Aug 22, 2011 at 9:43:10 pm

Why would you want to? Perhaps we can find another solution for you.

- The Great Szalam
(The 'Great' stands for 'Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble')

No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand electrons were mildly inconvenienced.


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leif falk
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Aug 23, 2011 at 11:49:44 am

hi Michael

thanks for you reply

I was working for a job on a very strong 8 processor machine and it would have been much more effective to edit one ae-project while rendering another. I am used to work like this with cinema 4d and i like this kind of workflow.

any ideas how to do it without multiple instances of ae?

thanks


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Brian Charles
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Aug 23, 2011 at 12:57:43 pm

[leif falk] "it would have been much more effective to edit one ae-project while rendering another"

Have you considered the Background Renderer Script?

http://aescripts.com/bg-renderer/




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Walter Soyka
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Aug 23, 2011 at 1:07:27 pm

Another vote for BG Renderer.

You can launch aerender.exe manually from the command line, but BG Renderer's notification features are top-notch.

Walter Soyka
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leif falk
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Aug 23, 2011 at 3:06:27 pm

yeah, aerender at the end works
but only if I allow my firewall to allow ae to acces the internet. Otherwise i get an error message (After Effects can not open a socket to aerender)
Why is that necessary, i prefer not letting my software to communicate with the web unasked?


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Walter Soyka
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Aug 23, 2011 at 3:20:43 pm

To get around the 32-bit limitation of QuickTime, Adobe wrote a client/server system that allows 64-bit AE to communicate with 32-bit QT via your computer's internal network stack. It does require the firewall to allow this in order to pass data back and forth. I doubt the software is actually trying to communicate beyond your own network.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
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Gonçalo Perdigao
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Nov 6, 2012 at 4:09:35 pm

Create a shortcut where you want.
Second mouse button and edit the target properties of your short cut, and in the end of everything just type -m (before the -m give a space between the -m and the end of everything ) and its done


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I.G. Romov
Re: Is there a way to open multiple instances of AE on Windows?
on Jul 23, 2014 at 4:41:52 am

Mr. Perdiago is on to it but you only need modify the existing shortcut as he describes, i.e. find existing AE shortcut and add -m AFTER the " like so:

“C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS5\Support Files\AfterFX.exe” -m

To answer the why of it; I created a couple of variations of a project and, sigh, didn't doc what they were. I needed to compare them to find out and Inet search didn't find any tools for doing so so I needed to open them up and inspect manually.



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