a couple of issues.
regarding whether to read the .aep file directly,
there is no API for the direct parsing of a project file. you have to open the project in AE, and then use the API commands to have AE fetch you the data you need.
can you access render queue data?
yes. look at the "queuebert" sample.
it does just that.
if protecting your code is important to you, then you can always save your script as a .jsxbin files, which is encrypted.
In http://www.adobe.com/devnet/aftereffects.html , I see After Effects CS3 Scripting Guide <-- so I would use this to create a AF 5 plugin which can access the Render Queue data ,right ?
Thanks a ton,
One last question : The After Effects CS3 Scripting Guide mentions samples , such as newRenderLocations. jsx, Where do I find the the sample jsx files ?
Is this part of the AdobeExtendScriptToolkit3.5. found here http://www.adobe.com/devnet/scripting.html ?