What are you using? AE's Render Cue? What kind of render. Image Sequence? QuickTime? Other? I've never seen any 0 byte files left behind but I usually render QT's which can be stopped at any time.
Hi Rick - "aerender" is a specific application, not a generic description ;-)
I am using "aerender" the command line render engine that comes with AE ( http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103a4f2dff7-79a3 a.html )
Zero byte files are common any time AE or any of its rendering processes fail unexpectedly (network failure, crash, etc. etc.) but I am trying to halt the aerender process without causing catastropic failure.
Thanks for jumping in to help!
This may be the first time I've heard of someone trying to STOP this process. Typically, it's used while you do other AE work or in conjunction with a render farm. In other words, you start it and you forget it. You don't stop it.
If you want to see this in future versions, you can go here. With AE feature requests, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so don't be afraid to resubmit it on a regualr basis. It's like voting in Chicago, which is done early and often.
Personally, I'd just fight the temptation to stop the ae renderer by setting up the AE Render Queue properly with a variety comps, hitting the Render button, then going home or going to sleep. In the days when renders in AE often took 10-30 seconds per frame -- and it was more than that on many occasions -- this was an almost universal practice among people who cherished their leisure time.
Hi Dave -
I'm building a tool to manage the renders across several machines. There is often a desire to re-prioritize the work and you want to stop a process mid-way to let something else move to the front of the queue. We are no currently in a place where we are ready to spend the money on a full render manager so I'm left to roll my own :-)
After Effect WatchFolder has this built in but the folder watching is much slower and very prone to errors that can't be caught and handled.
I have to say that I still regularly see 10-30 seconds per frame for renders and "going home" after kicking off a render yeilds a pretty high rate of morning baldness (from pulling out one's hair)...
I'll punch the FR and see how many years it takes for me to get frustrated and give up :-)
Thanks for the suggestions
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I would try your question in the AE SDK forum. There is a link on the AE forum home page.
Yea even if you use ps to find the PID and run a kill command it still keeps rendering and this is three years since you started the thread... sigh
Only way I know is to restart the computer... again :/
@Dave you would want to be able to kill the aerender if you are testing a output string... Like I want only the even frame rendered so what is the correct combination of arguments... Its not what you think... it has to be in certain order I am seeing... you can't just call the arguments you want then pass in the project path... And there is no testing or sandbox argument to make sure it will behave as expected
Hey, guys just FYI... If you close the current bash window running the process then it will kill it... Maybe they updated it do that but if you write to an image sequence it will exit cleanly...
Hope that helps!!