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We need a lot more info. Comp Size, OS, Memory, settings. You have not given us much to go on.
Sorry about the scarce information.
I use the latest Mac OSX 10.8.4 with 24Gb RAM on a Mac Pro quad-core and obviously AE CC and Cinema 4D Studio R14 and also Cinema 4D Lite, bundled with AE CC. Videocard is a ATI Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB.
Here is what I did.
I imported some simple Cinema scenes and tried to render them in AE CC. After a long time I get an error box saying CineRender - Connection failure. I do not know what this means while I have all applications installed in default locations on a my startup SSD drive. Strangely enough in the Project panel of AE the Cinema 4D file does show a preview. The comp size is 800x600px. The renderer set as Software, Standard (Draft), neither works. The rest of the settings are default.
Once this error message has appeared, AE crashes with this message window saying 'Last log message was: <5196222464> <SyncService> <4> CheckConnection: 2'
I hope this helps.
Set a different TCP port in the effects "Options" and try again...
Thank you, Mylenium. Any particular number? And what is the underlaying thought?
Shouldn't matter which one you use. Your system will tell you when it's not avialable. Based on the errors you posted something is simply blocking or interfering with the default port used by the effect, whatever otehr tool/ program/ system service that may be...
I'm having the same problem. Where is the Effects Options menu you're talking about? In After Effects I have looked under the top menu in After Effects > Preferences, but I don't see an Effects menu. I have also looked under Effects in the top menu and don't see anythig about TCP ports. Searching for "TCP" in the Help menu under the top bar in After Effects has also yielded nothing.
I am now having this problem.
I have had it before and just changed the port as above--but now, no matter what port, I get the failure.
I have c4D studio and am pointed to it as the renderer.
Literally worked fine earlier today and then stopped working.
Any help appreciated.
I think I discovered what was causing my problem and wanted to share it with eveyone else.
I was puzzled because if I pointed Cineware at my c4D R14 install, it then worked fine. It was only when pointed at 15 that it failed.
I have X-particles Pro installed in my 15 setup. It has an online version checker that checks (if that is your preference) for new verisons on startup. For some reason, their server was down for a while today and this caused long startup times for c4D--I think it also caused the cinerender to time out.
I turned off the autocheck and all is well and working again.