BG Renderer Pro
Compatibility After Effects Please check exact version compatibility under the "COMPATIBILITY" tab below
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[BG Renderer 2] kept me sane when I was onlining BRICK & STEEL. It's difficult to describe just how quickly this little panel will become an essential part of your After Effects workflow. -Stu Maschwitz (prolost.com)
I use this script daily, and this update is a must have. -Paul Conigliaro (motion designer/editor)
That's dirt cheap for background rendering. If only our editing applications like Final Cut Pro or Media Composer could do the same. In this day and age they should be able to that. -Scott Simmons (studiodaily.com)
Been using BG Renderer on current project. So nice to get email and txt msg especially when they crash in the middle of the night. -Danny Princz (AE Ninja & FXPHD professor)
Just installed Background Renderer 2.0 & it works like a charm! Text message updates when render is finished are sick. -Ryan Summers (via twitter)
♫♫ Last Night BG Renderer Saved my Life! ♫♫-Marco Holland (via twitter)
BG Renderer allows you to render your Render Queue items in the background while you can continue working in After Effects. It runs as a dockable panel that is saved as part of your workspace. BG Renderer now comes in 2 flavors: Basic and Pro.
- With the all new basic version you can just render your queue in the background. We completely re-programmed how it works so that it is simple and easy and works every time.
- If you need options, then the Pro version is what you want. Besides being able to set prefs for the render, the pro version offer the very powerful post render actions which allow you to get growl notifications, send email (with log), send sms and even iPhone push notifications when your renders are done or you have an error. You can also send a terminal command to be executed after each item in the queue is done rendering and put the machine to sleep or shut it down. If you are using CS3 or CS4 and have CS5 installed, you can send your CS3 or CS4 render to the CS5 render engine to take advantage of the new 64-bit goodness while keeping your work project in the older version. Finally there is a new portable app/folder feature that makes it easy to create an ad-hoc render farm quickly by simply copying this portable app to all the machines on your network and just double-clicking it to launch the render on that machine.
Notice about using BG Renderer in CC2015
As you might have noticed from the COMPATIBILITY tab above, BG Renderer is not officially supported in recent versions of AE. This is because we plan on releasing a major update to not only support them officially but also add some great new features. In the meantime, however, many many users have been sucessfully using it in the recent versions without any issues. In the latest CC2015 update, however, there is a harmless error ("It appears something might have gone wrong. Quit Terminal...") that is displayed after the render is launched as Adobe changed how the BG render process is reported once launched. This is just a harmless cosmetic error so you can just ignore is as the render is launched succesfully.
Click on the "Configure" button to configure the post render actions. All post render actions have the option of being executed at the end of each comp being rendered or at the end of the entire render queue. You also have the option of only being notified if there are any errors logged. You select this from the pull-down menu to the right of each action.
|After Effects||CS5.5, CS5, CS4, CS3|