3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 5, 2012 5:49 AM by Rick Gerard

    can't launch aerender




      Could anyone tell me please how to launch aerender for CS5? I've tried double clicking the application but it only opens for a fraction of a second. Also, I've opened and tried command prompt, but can't seem to launch it in there either, could someone please tell me an easy way to launch it?




        • 1. Re: can't launch aerender
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          aerenderer is a background application. You render files by opening After Effects, opening a project, adding a composition to the render cue. What are you trying to do with AERenderer?

          • 2. Re: can't launch aerender
            boogiek5 Level 1

            Hi Rick,


            I have just purchased The Foundry's Cameratracker (which is excellent by the way) and also two versions of Cameratracker's Render to put on my two rendering machines. The render versions need to run in the background and not launch GUI and I was told by The Foundry to use aerernder to do this, but having never used it before I have struggled to get started.




            • 3. Re: can't launch aerender
              Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              I haven't used this plug-in yet. The Foundry will be better able to help you than I will. aerenderer is a command line app that is accessable to scripting. Run it on a Mac with Lion and you get a terminal window that pops up with instructions. Here's an excerpt:


                 1] aerender renders After Effects comps. The render may be performed either

                    by an already running instance of AE or by a newly invoked instance. By

                    default, aerender will invoke a new instance of AE, even if one is

                    already running. To change this, see the "-reuse" flag below.

                 2] aerender takes a series of optional arguments.

                    Some are single flags, like "-reuse". Some come in flag-argument

                    pairs, like "-project project_path". And one comes in a triplet,

                    -mem_usage image_cache_percent max_mem_percent.

                 3] aerender with 0 arguments, or with any argument equaling "-help"

                    or "-h", prints this usage message.

                 4] The arguments are:

                    "-h"                    print this usage message

                    "-help"                 print this usage message

                    "-reuse"                use this flag if you want to try and reuse

                                            an already running instance of AE to perform the

                                            render.  By default, aerender will launch a new

                                            instance of After Effects, even if one is already

                                            running.  But, if AE is already running, and the

                                            "-reuse" flag is provided, then aerender will

                                            ask the already running instance of AE to perform


              That tells me how to run aerenderer from the terminal (on a Mac). There are similar things to do on a PC but it's been so long that I've messed with the inner working of a Windows machine so I can't remember the exact procedure. I can't imagine that the Foundry would want you to run this from a command line.


              I'd check with them. I'm sure you know they have an extensive Camera Tracker training series on their site.