These links have the information you need:
I've read some of this already and watched a few youtube videos explaining how to set it up.
I have not yet gotten it to work for me. I noticed while AE Render Engine is running the "Watch Folder", it scans the watch folder and I see it listing out the collected files and then starts scanning again instead of rendering?! Why is this happening?
I've also added the blank txt file that the Adobe article suggests, and double checked to see if there wasn't two extensions at the end as I turned hide extensions off.
Please Help! Thanks!
When you collected your After Effects project, did you turn on the Enable Watch Folder Render checkbox in the Collect Files dialog? That's what I usually forget to do.
Yes I did that too
Can you share the RCF.txt file?
This is what it reads:
After Effects 13.2v1 Render Control File
That looks correct.
What version of After Effects are you using to collect the project?
What version of After Effects are you using to render the project?
It appears you have the collected project on a shared drive, presumably on a network. If you move the project to a local drive, does that make a difference? (Network drives should be fine, but often there are permission issues or other problems.)
Version of After Effects are you using to collect the project: 2015.3
Version of After Effects are you using to render the project: CS6
I'm making a local network between both computers (Ethernet cable from one to the other). I've created a shared folder that the other computer can recognize. What do you mean by a local drive? If its on a local drive how would the other computer see it? You know what I mean?
Do you mean the local drive of the render machine? So instead of the shared folder on the design machine, it will be on the render machine. So when I collect files they will be on the shared folder to the local drive of the render machine.
Sorry to repeat what I've said. Just want to understand exactly what your asking. Thanks!
So I tried the watch folder on the local drive of the render engine this time. Its still saying "Render Control File Not Valid"
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So, this is your problem:
> Version of After Effects are you using to render the project: CS6
Notice the first line of the RCF.txt file:
> After Effects 13.2v1 Render Control File
Although we haven't revved the RCF version since 13.2, CS6 was version 11. It won't recognize a 13.2 RCF file.
Now, I don't think there have been many substantial changes in the RCF content itself, but the other problem you're going to run into is that CS6 can't read project files (.aep) saved by newer versions. (There's a function to save to a previous version, but that's not wired into the Collect Files process.)
In summary: what you're trying to do won't work. I recommend you install the same version, or newer, to render the project as you save it from. (Note that Watch Folder rendering was disabled in the 2015 and 2015.3 releases of After Effects. It was re-enabled in the 2017 release.)
> Do you mean the local drive of the render machine? So instead of the shared folder on the design machine, it will be on the render machine. So when I collect files they will be on the shared folder to the local drive of the render machine.
By this, I meant the local drive of a render machine yes. And only as a test, with a single machine. Just for diagnosing the problem.
But I don't think this is relevant anymore. See above.
Thank you! I'll try updating my CS6 to 13.2 and see how that works.
If not then I guess I'll have to update them both to the 2017 version that just came out.
Thanks a lot for all your help!!!