What exact version number of After Effects? And I don't mean "CS6" or "CC", I mean is it 11.0.4? 22.214.171.124? Something else?
The usual culprits for this are antivirus, firewalls, etc.
If that doesn't help, there have been a number of threads on this. Do a forum search.
Thanks for the response. I'm on 126.96.36.199, I'll check on firewalls etc. My search turned up other issues with WS but not initialization in particular.
As Szalam says, the usual culprit is overly aggressive security software (including that built into the operating system) preventing communication over TCP between After Effects and components like the Warp Stabilizer analysis component.
Thanks Todd. That seems really absurd to me, I don't understand why security settings would have anything to do with trying to stabilize footage. Be that as it may, can you give me any advice on how I work around this ? What settings I can change in the os or otherwise ?
You're right. It is silly. But some overly aggressive firewall programs stop _any_ communication using TCP, even if it's all contained within the same computer between two applications/components. The folks to complain to about that would be those who make the overly aggressive security software.
This document describes a problem with the same root cause, so the solution is the same:
Note that it is also possible for other applications to be blocking the ports needed. So, it's a good idea to shut down any applications that you aren't actually using for your immediate work. For example, see the last post on this thread: