After Effects cs4 OS X Leopard with windoes 7 render clients?
does anyone know if i can install a render client on a windows 7 PC, when having a mac os x leopard system and serial???
do i need a windows serial? or can i install from the mac os x cd?
i couldn't find anything in the internet!
hope someone can help! :)
thank you! :)
From "Network rendering with watch folders" in the Adobe help:
"If you have a full licensed copy of After Effects, you can set it up to work with render-only versions of After Effects called render engines. Your license entitles you to install as many copies of the render engine as you want on your network, as long as one activated copy of After Effects is installed on that network.
In your case, you would need the Windows installer for AE CS4.
Let me first outline how network rendering works with After Effects, and then I will list a couple of bullet point notes from my experiences with network rendering. Much of this information is found in the manuals, but some of is not. All of it was learned the hard way.
How After Effects Network Rendering Works
You use Collect Files to get your project, its render queue, and all required footage together into a single folder. You configure the render nodes to watch that folder; once Collect Files is complete, it creates a render control file. On the render nodes, you select the folder to watch. When the render control file appears in it, the render nodes begin work according to the options it specifies. All watch folder network renders are done as image sequences, with each instance of AE on each render node working on one frame at a time.
There is no active communication among the render nodes, and the machine hosting the watch folder does not actively control them. Control is completely passive -- each machine looks at the shared storage to see if "Frame 0000" has been rendered yet. The first one to see that there is no image for "Frame 0000" will create that first file in the image sequence to claim responsibility for the frame, then begin rendering it. Finally, when the frame is complete, it overwrites the placeholder "Frame 0000" file.
As other render nodes join the party, they will see that "Frame 0000" already exists, so they will skip it and look for "Frame 0001." If "Frame 0001" already exists, they'll continue sequentially until they find the first frame that doesn't exist, create a file for it to claim responsibility for it, and begin rendering.
All the render nodes are also accessing footage from the shared storage, so that storage system is seeing many constant small reads and writes.
As you can imagine, this places some serious strain on the network and disk subsystem on the server.
Notes on After Effects Network Rendering
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