The licence agreement allows you to install CS4 on two machines, laptop and workstation, as long as only one is used at any time.
But doesn't that mean I'd have to close Premier on the laptop before i start rendering on the workstation?
Ideally I'd like to keep both open at the same time.
or are you saying I'd be able to install premier on the workstation but only open up Media Encoder with Premier running on the laptop?
That could work, I'll give it a go.
Yep that works thanks for the help
Great that it worked for you.
Being allowed two personal installations is a good move on Adobe's part. By closing down one instance of the application, and then launching it on the other machine keeps you legal under the EULA. That is something that I always try to follow.
I have had instances, where I'd have maybe PS open on the laptop, and forget about it, only to fire it up on the workstation. So far, I've never had a problem, and the "Adobe Police" have never knocked on my door. I usually get back to the laptop and realize what I did, and utter a big "Oops!"
For migrating Projects between the two machines, I use a handful of FW-800 externals, with ALL Project files on them. I have set the drive letter for each of these externals to be the same, in the OS on each machine. Works very well for me. If I were not so heavily invested in FW-800 drives, I'd definitely go with eSATA's w/ the necessary cards.