Is there a way to lock an .aep file when it's open? Similar to when I open a file in Softimage - if someone else tries to open that file they get a message saying, "you can't - it's open somewhere else"
Working off the server ... communication ... or lack thereof ... people not telling other people they have an After Effects project open ... I can see this becoming a nightmare.
I looked on AEScripts for something but turned up nothing.
Any ideas? How do others with larger facilities working off the server manage this?
The only way I know of is to save the file as an aet, that is the template file. Template files can be opened by anyone at any time but you can't save changes made to the template file.
There is no check in and check out utility available I know of for After Effects.
As an aside:
This is the kind of thing that the new integration between After Effects and Adobe Anywhere provides: collaboration with conflict resolution, et cetera.