Have you tried contacting Adobe support? Don't tell them about BG Renderer right away. Just explain the aerender part and see if they have ideas.
I tried chatting last night with someone with Adobe but there were not suggestions made at that time. The conversation itself was pretty unresponsive so I need to follow up again to see if they looked into the issue. I did want to reach out to see if anyone else had experienced a similar issue though and what steps were taken. I know for sure this isn't a third-party script issue but the crash is so generic I'm not sure where to look.
We're looking into this. If you have any additional information you can provide about the situation, please file a bug and include those details -- the faster we can track down what's going on, the faster we can fix it.
Thanks FakeGreenDress - I'll file the bug report in the meanwhile. Appreciate you looking into this!
So while I'm not sure if the drag and drop method of a project onto aerender actually works (I think aerender was modified in one particular video to allow this), I did just try a simple command line render:
C:\Users\brm07>"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2014\Support Files\aerender.exe" -project "C:\Users\brm07\Desktop\Untitled_Project.aep"
aerender version 13.2x49
After Effects can't continue: sorry, After Effects has crashed. For After Effects Help and Support, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_ae_support. If you still can't resolve the issue, please contact Adobe Technical Support (2).
aerender ERROR: After Effects can not render for aerender. Another instance of aerender, or another script, may be running; or, AE may be waiting for response from a modal dialog, or for a render to complete. Try running aerender without the -reuse flag to invoke a separate instance of After Effects
And got the same crash error. If I just submit the directory of the AE project it opens in AE just fine and I can load the menu of aerender.exe just fine in command prompt (with the listing of the various flags you can use), but as soon as I try to initiate the render of the project with aerender.exe, it ends up with the crash.
Thanks, I've also filed a bug report. I feel better knowing i'm not the only one that has been encountering this problem, I was beginning to go a little mad.
Also having the same problem, I've filed a bug report.
To anyone else experiencing this problem, it appears to be an issue with the latest drivers from Nvidia, dated June 7th. Rolling back to an earlier version fixes the issue.
Can anyone from Adobe provide a workaround or fix, other than rolling back the drivers?
Today I installed the 368.69 drivers nvidia released yesterday, 07.05.16, early testing proves this latest update fixes this issue! I'll update again later this week after a few more days of renders to test.
Wow, thanks Rikbogusz!!
This solved it for me as well, and coincides with the time period where it started having this issue within the past month or two. Working like a charm. Updated to the latest one release on 7/6 I believe and it worked normally.
NVidia drivers it is then. Thanks for all of your help!