16 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 6:12 PM by Mindspace_Jesse RSS

    CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.

    Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

      I have found many many threads saying to place this text file in these locations:

      To enable non-royalty bearing mode: Place a blank file named ae_render_only_node.txt into one of the following locations, depending on the user account type:

      1. Install After Effects on the render-only machine.
      2. Place a blank file named ae_render_only_node.txt into one of the following locations, depending on the user account type:
        • Mac locations:/Users/<username>/Documents//Users/Shared/Adobe/
        • Windows locations:C:\Users\<username>\DocumentsC:\Users\Public\Documents\Adobe

      But, it's not working for me. I try to open AE render engine and it just tells me my trial is up. I've dropped that text file in just about every file you can imagine, even ones that probably don't need it.

      What am I missing?

       

      Windows 7 64-bit PC

        • 1. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
          Tim Kurkoski Adobe Employee

          Can you post a screenshot of your C:\Users\<username>\My Documents folder with the file in it?

          • 2. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
            Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

            adobesupportimage1.jpg

            here is a screen shot of the file in both locations listed by the support files

            • 3. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
              Tim Kurkoski Adobe Employee

              Thanks. No red flags so far.

               

              Please post a screenshot of the message you get about trial expiration.

               

              Important questions:

              • Was this working previously?
              • If it was working previously, do you recall if the splash screen during AE launch displayed "RENDER ENGINE"?
              • How long has AE CS6 been installed on the machine?
              • When you installed it, did you install as trial mode? Or did you provide a serial number or sign in with a Creative Cloud Membership ID?
              • Is the machine connected to the Internet?

               

              For kicks, let's try clearing the prefs. Go to:

              C:\Users\Jesse\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\After Effects\

               

              and move the 12.0 folder to your desktop. Launch AE and see if that changes anything.

              • 4. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                Thanks for the help, Tim.

                • Was this working previously? No. I have a full registered version of production premium on 3 other computers, and haven't needed the non royalty bearing mode before. We are growing and need more render support from node computers.
                • If it was working previously, do you recall if the splash screen during AE launch displayed "RENDER ENGINE"? - It worked before the trial ended. But yes, it did show the splash screen when it worked.
                • How long has AE CS6 been installed on the machine? 6 months or so, but I just updated it with bridge>help>update
                • When you installed it, did you install as trial mode? Or did you provide a serial number or sign in with a Creative Cloud Membership ID? Trial
                • Is the machine connected to the Internet? Yes

                 

                For kicks, let's try clearing the prefs. Go to:

                C:\Users\Jesse\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\After Effects\

                 

                and move the 12.0 folder to your desktop. Launch AE and see if that changes anything.

                There is no 12.0 Folder-- just 11.0?

                 

                And, here is my trial expired screen:

                adobetrialscreen.jpg

                • 5. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                  Tim Kurkoski Adobe Employee

                  6 months or so, but I just updated it with bridge>help>update

                   

                  Interesting. Just yesterday I updated Bridge on a Render Engine machine without causing a problem, but this is worth pursuing.

                   

                  If it was working previously, do you recall if the splash screen during AE launch displayed "RENDER ENGINE"? - It worked before the trial ended. But yes, it did show the splash screen when it worked.

                   

                  Just to clarify, when it was working and AE launched successfully, the Render Queue should have been the only available panel. Is that what you would see?

                   

                  There is no 12.0 Folder-- just 11.0?

                   

                  Hmmm... I'll have to check with engineering, but it's possible the Render Engine mode doesn't read or write preferences. It has no need of them. So unless you'd have launched the full UI of AE at some point, the 12.0 folder might not exist. In any case, probably not worth pursuing for this problem, it was just one of the normal troubleshooting tricks.

                   

                  If you uninstall and reinstall AE, does the problem continue?

                  • 6. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                    Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                    >> Interesting. Just yesterday I updated Bridge on a Render Engine machine without causing a problem, but this is worth pursuing.

                     

                    >>> I don't believe that it was the update that caused the problem, it didn't work prior to the update either. I updated and restarted per a recommendation I saw on a forum, in case this was a problem that was resolved with an update.

                     

                    I also started dropping the ae_render.txt file in the appdata>roaming>adobe files, no luck! I've restarted the computer, and tried using the cntrl+alt+shift open trick. I get nothin.

                     

                    >> Hmmm... I'll have to check with engineering, but it's possible the Render Engine mode doesn't read or write preferences. It has no need of them. So unless you'd have launched the full UI of AE at some point, the 12.0 folder might not exist. In any case, probably not worth pursuing for this problem, it was just one of the normal troubleshooting tricks.

                     

                    >>> The 11.0 folder also was not replaced, because I can't get past the trial expiration screen.

                     

                    >> If you uninstall and reinstall AE, does the problem continue?

                     

                    >>> I was hoping to resolve without having to do that -- but I'll give it a go.

                     

                    I'm getting the feeling that since I didn't put the .txt file in the proper location prior to my trial expiring, the software never even gets to the point that it can check for it.

                    • 7. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                      Tim Kurkoski Adobe Employee

                      The 11.0 folder also was not replaced, because I can't get past the trial expiration screen.

                       

                      Good to know. I meant the 11.0 folder in any case. Sorry for the confusion.

                       

                      I'm getting the feeling that since I didn't put the .txt file in the proper location prior to my trial expiring, the software never even gets to the point that it can check for it.

                       

                      It shouldn't matter when you added the file.

                       

                      I want to clarify how you got to the point you're at, because I'm a little unclear. What it sounds like to me is:

                      * You installed the trial

                      * You ran the trial until it expired

                      * You added the .txt file but it's not working

                      OR

                      * You added the .txt file and it worked for 6 months but now it's not

                       

                      This is as opposed to what I previously assumed you were doing, which was

                      * You installed the trial

                      * You added the .txt file

                      * You ran the Render Engine for 6 months and now it's not working

                       

                      What other Adobe apps do you have on this machine? Are they trial or licensed? If licensed, do you have a Creative Cloud Membership?

                       

                      I don't believe that it was the update that caused the problem, it didn't work prior to the update either. I updated and restarted per a recommendation I saw on a forum, in case this was a problem that was resolved with an update.

                       

                      Good to know. Thanks.

                      • 8. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                        Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                        This is the correct order:

                         

                        * Installed the trial

                        * Ran the trial until it expired (it functioned up to this point, I rendered lots and lots of animation)

                        * Added the .txt file but it's not working

                         

                        I didn't need to figure out the whole 'ae_render.txt' file situation, because the trial version was working just fine for me (for 6 months or so). I also assumed that it would act like Bridge, and still function even after the trial ended. (I would like to recommend to Adobe that the Render Engine work that way in the future)

                         

                        And, I'm assuming it will still work fine, if I can just get it to let me past the trial screen, and into the render engine.

                        • 9. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                          Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                          Oh -- And, I have the production premium suite installed (trial... expired) I'm using the AFX render engine that is a part of it.

                           

                          The only other Adobe softwares I can see are Adobe Reader XI

                          • 10. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                            Tim Kurkoski Adobe Employee

                            because the trial version was working just fine for me (for 6 months or so)

                             

                            This is wrong. The trial version should only work for 30 days without giving you the expiration message. Either you're doing something to bypass that, or I'm missing a critical piece of information about your workflow.

                             

                            Regardless, adding the ae_render_only_node.txt file should make the trial, or any install of AE CS6, run as Render Engine without limitation.

                             

                            What I'm trying to figure out here is why that's not working for you. Since, as far as I can tell, you've followed the instructions regarding the .txt file correctly, it appears there may be something else afoot with your installation of AE. Hence the Spanish Inquisition.

                             

                            And, I have the production premium suite installed (trial... expired) I'm using the AFX render engine that is a part of it.

                             

                            This is helpful.

                             

                            Are you using an English version of Production Premium in the United States, or are you in another country and/or using a different language?

                            • 11. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                              Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                              I understand -- I didn't meant that I was able to work with the trial for six months, I used it for a few weeks after install -- months ago -- I haven't needed the computer for a few months. It sat there unneeded until just recently - at which time, the product was obviously expired. Actually, it alowed me to open it 1 last time. Sorry for the confusion.

                               

                              Yes, English version in the US. 

                              • 12. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                                Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                                my user account is part of a network, if that matters. I have checked to make sure that my admin authorization is local, however. And, also -- when I go to other users' "/documents", there is no adobe folder to place the .txt file. I've placed it in both the public adobe folder and my own user account...

                                • 13. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                                  Tim Kurkoski Adobe Employee

                                  my user account is part of a network, if that matters

                                   

                                  Maybe. Still investigating. Are you using the same account to access AE as the one that installed AE?

                                   

                                  I've got a stupid hunch. Do me a favor: go to the Folder Options dialog (Tools > Folder Options in any Explorer window) and tell me if the "Hide extensions for known file types box" is checked or not.

                                  • 14. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                                    Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                                    I went to Folder Options, and it is checked.

                                     

                                    Oh WOW -- it was named ae_render_only_node.txt.txt -- Good "stupid hunch"! Hopefully you can get a note about that added to the help files?

                                     

                                    But, I had also just uninstalled and reinstalled, so ... now I'm not even sure if the .txt file does work, because I'm back on a trial. 

                                     

                                    Thanks a ton, Tim!

                                    • 15. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                                      Tim Kurkoski Adobe Employee

                                      I should have guessed that to begin with...

                                       

                                      Interesting... reinstalling should not restart the trial period.

                                       

                                      Regardless, the presence of that file will work either before or after the trial, or even with a licensed install. When it's there and you launch AE, even the one not labeled "Render Engine", the splash screen will have "RENDER ENGINE" in bold font on it, and the only accessible panel is the Render Queue.

                                       

                                      Glad it's sorted out, anyway.

                                      • 16. Re: CS6 AFX Network Render Node - Can't enable non-royalty bearing mode.
                                        Mindspace_Jesse Community Member

                                        It maybe gave me a new trial because this time I installed just AFX, and not the production premium suite.

                                         

                                        Again, thanks a ton. hopefully you can get a note about that scooted into the help files for other future derps like me.