Odd problem. We run a small shop and in order to save money we buy only licenses for AE plug-ins that we really NEED. Unfortunately, sometimes the artists forget that there is only one/a-few licenses for a specific plugin and they submit the render queue to the watch-folder based render farm.
The farm happily renders the projects, for some plug-ins, it just pretends that they are not in use and for others it puts big X's across the image.
Does anyone have a suggestion that will keep the projects from rendering on the farm?
I'm hoping to get one of the following:
I don't want to lose the time it takes to render projects unnecessarily nor do I want to have the artists annoyed by renders that don't "look" right when they are done.
Check AEScripts.com. There's a script that can report missing effects. I'm sure it could be expanded to include a blaclisting mechnism, so when your artists run it and view the report, they can verify whether the plug-ins they used are avialable on the farm. Otehr than that CS7 will have such a feature as described here: