Im trying to use the "watch folder" to render a composition using multiple machines to render a composition but im having some difficulty. i setup the watch folder on the main computer. then on the render computer i mapped a network drive making the "watch folder" a network drive. then i try to choose the watch folder using the adobe AE Render Engine. it then gives me the error:" Cannot watch the root of a volume. Please choose a folder within this volume". So i made a folder inside the "Watch Folder(\\SPLIT-PCSplit)(z:)" called "New Watch Folder". and then it let me choose it in the watch folder option. Then i go to my Main Computer and choose "Collect Files" option and save to the "New watch Folder" then it saves. Now on the Render PC the Render Engine is Searching every 10 seconds. then it finds the Files and downloads and opens the project, then right after that it just back to searching and and DOES NOT start rendering.
do i have to set my render and output settings a certain way? i tried used "multi Machine" settings and it still wont start the render.ive tried rendering as PNG and JPEG sequence as well and still nothing.
sorry for the long post but if there is any flaws in the system i used Please let me know.
ive been searching forum after forum and im not getting anything.
Have you tried the alternative method? Instead of collecting the files just render to the network share folder using PNG and specify (in the Render Settings) not to render frames that are already rendered.
That should do the trick.
The AE network renderer has some very specific requirements. There's a list of network considerations on the Network rendering with watch folders and render engines [link] page:
[nick moore] "Now on the Render PC the Render Engine is Searching every 10 seconds. then it finds the Files and downloads and opens the project, then right after that it just back to searching and and DOES NOT start rendering."
Does it flash any message on the screen before searching again, or perhaps make an entry in the log file?
You might check out Aharon Rabinowitz's tutorial on multi-machine rendering (using the full version of AE instead of render engines):
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