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Gregory Cowell
What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 6:47:48 am

I suppose it'd be fair to say that if I have to ask this question, I really shouldn't be buying this software.... but forging ahead nevertheless....

I was interested in buying the 3D Camera Tracker from The Foundry. I have After Effects CS5, and I'm told it will work fine in it. So, I go to The Foundry and check out the options and decide to go ahead and buy it.

When I get to the "Buy" options page, I see there's several of them. I'm presented with the choice of a "node-locked", "Floating", or "render" licence. Being an ignoramus, I have absolutely no idea what this means! All I want to do is buy a piece of software and plug it into After Effects, and be on my way...

Can anyone clue me in, please? Thank you.

Greg.


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Morten Ranmar
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 9:28:57 am

Node-locked means it onlyregisters for one computer. Floating means you can register in or out on different computers, much like Adobe CC.

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Gregory Cowell
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 11:24:30 am

Ah. So node locked is the way to go for an amateur who's only using one computer and a few applications, to do video.

Thanks, Morten.


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Todd Kopriva
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 5:29:05 pm

I'm curious about why you'd be buying the Camera Tracker plug-in rather than upgrading to After Effects CS6 for less money and using the 3D Camera Tracker built into After Effects CS6.

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Darby Edelen
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 5:46:01 pm

[Todd Kopriva] "I'm curious about why you'd be buying the Camera Tracker plug-in rather than upgrading to After Effects CS6 for less money and using the 3D Camera Tracker built into After Effects CS6."

The Foundry's Camera Tracker is better :) Whether it's worth the price or not is another question.

If performing camera tracks is something that you'll be doing a lot, you need flexibility for improving solves and you have the money to buy it then even with CS6 or CC I'd recommend The Foundry's plug-in.

Darby Edelen


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Darby Edelen
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 5:47:49 pm

One not so subtle distinction from CC in the case of The Foundry: you need to have a machine dedicated as the license server. That machine needs to be accessible via network from any computer that will need a license. If you don't have someone to manage a license server then that can quickly become a PITA.

Darby Edelen


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Morten Ranmar
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 6:33:06 pm

License server is only necessary for floating license, but could reside on any machine on the network.

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Francis Battaglia
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Jul 3, 2014 at 5:10:16 am

Is there an option with node-locked to decommission one machine for use on another newer (if buying a newer machine, etc)?


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Morten Ranmar
Re: What the heck is a "floating" licence?
on Jul 3, 2014 at 7:29:24 am

Nodelocked uses a software key that is locked to a certain machine ( reads its hardware serial number) and can only be changed by contacting the vendor

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