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Remember all those render droplet apps I was always going on about? Forget about them. I haven’t told any of them yet, but their services are no longer required. Each app performed it’s job perfectly well, but I am all about teamwork here, and there is no “Q” in team. . .

Which has nothing to do with RenderQ, the latest update to the render droplet apps; which not only combines the functionality of MayaRender, AERender, NukeRender, and all of their Q counterparts, it does them all one better by using a little bit of intelligence. RenderQ is a drag and drop render queue app that will send Maya, After Effects, Nuke, C4D, and Shake renders to Terminal and queue them up for easy and efficient local rendering. It is now very easy to set preferences for the version of each app you are using, as well as enabling and disabling additional flags for each filetype. RenderQ will also automatically detect the filetype and submit the job accordingly.

Also included is RenderQ maitre d’ to pause and resume renders and will also show which render engine is currently active and the last job submitted to the queue.


QuickTime Version 1280×800 (92MB)

iPhone Version

Support for more apps could very well be coming in the future. A $0-25 donation is customary. I prefer to keep this sort of thing on the honor system rather than setting up some sort of direct cost. If you use this tool at a facility I suppose a site license will cost you $0-$1000.

Download: RenderQ download page…

Enjoy! If there are any issues or concerns please contact: One thing I didn’t mention in the demo is that there is also a simple app included to reset the RenderQ preferences. It is quite possible there could be a few little bugs or improvements that could be made so don’t be afraid to contact me. Also, this app is free but feel free to donate, as many hours of work were put into it.


52 Responses

  1. […] I recently got an email from Greg D suggesting a post on the lab experiments Andrew Andoru has been working on – Thanks Greg, what a great idea! If you remember Andrew had some droplets that would render from After Effects, Nuke and Maya easily – basically doing a terminal render with some automation and without going to the terminal.  He has also created some apps that will allow you to run multiple instances of applications such as After Effects and Maya – again easily without the use of the terminal. Now Andrew is creating a drag and drop render queue for OS X which you can find and download here. […]

  2. Ryan Butterworth says:

    Sounds interesting. Is this a more efficient way to render? Does this speed up the rendering process by not having AE running? Have you done comparisons?

    • andrew says:

      You won’t get results that are dramatically faster but it is the workflow that saves a lot of time really. By not having to load up the GUI of the application into memory you also get some clear advantages especially if you want to render in the background while continuing to work on something else.

      If you check out the AERender post there are some people that posted in the comments on GUI rendering vs. command line rendering.

      The biggest advantage really though is having one place and one workflow to actually fire off your specific renders.

  3. Rob says:

    You Sir, are amazing. Thank you so much for this! You have made life 1000x easier.

  4. Bryce Bigger says:

    This is awesome! I gave it a try last night and it’s so nice to have an easy way to render without getting dirty with the command line. Any chance of getting some sort of email notification a job is complete? Great job!

  5. hi
    really great tool but the primary problem is that a little unstable. when you submit more than 3 files, that don’t render all everytime. without apparent reason. when you submit again the same files, that work well (or not)
    i think it’s the most important thing to fix,

    really great tools thanks for sharing !

  6. david says:

    Hey Andrew, great work! I love your apps!

    One question about this latest RenderQ instalment; is it possible to run several instances of it to maximise all CPUs? I tried but it didn’t respond the same way as the straight AErender app.
    … or is AE cs5 supposed to take care of this itself?

    Thanks again!

  7. Adam says:

    I’ve just tried the AERender for CS5.. i went from aprox. 6 seconds per. frame, to 2 seconds per. frame! Thanks a bunch!

  8. […] they will add command line functionality to their app so I can incorporate 5DtoRGB encoding into my RenderQ app and have a single simple solution for all heavy duty processing I do on my workstation. In the […]

  9. […] they will add command line functionality to their app so I can incorporate 5DtoRGB encoding into my RenderQ app and have a single simple solution for all heavy duty processing I do on my workstation. In the […]

  10. andrew says:

    Will be adding Cinema 4D rendering to the app soon.

  11. Nice touch to put it all into one app.
    What do I do if I have a mixture of AE CS4 and CS5 projects ?

    • andrew says:

      You can get the separate AERender apps (the non Q versions) and they will open up a new terminal window when a project file is dropped on them.

      CS5 should be able to render CS4 projects just fine though, plugins and whatnot permitting.

  12. Navarro Parker says:

    Thanks for adding C4D support!

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  14. Andrew says:

    Hey Andrew,

    When i use render Q, i’m not 100% sure on where the cinema4d executable is, it shows the app as a folder, so i go into the macos folder and select the app in there. i think that might be wrong..

    but also, every time i drag on to the icon, it just says “can’t make Class Ctnr of item 1 {alias “points to my C4D file} into type text”

    I’m very confused 🙁

  15. Mark says:

    I need to know… what’s the little 8-bit sound from? It’s been driving me nuts – I know that I know it somehow!

    • andrew says:

      8bit sound is just something I cooked up. Took a couple of iterations before I found the right amount of happiness. Could be similar to something else out there though. Not sure about that.

  16. Mark says:

    Well, we all love it! Huh, could’ve sworn it was from something… !

    • andrew says:

      Tell everyone it was from my brain to my fingers to your ears! I still can’t believe I haven’t got any comments on the going to sleep sound. . .

      BTW, I need to do more custom sounds, all I every use is 8bit, let me know if anyone has any requests.

  17. Raoul Marks says:

    Hey Mate.
    Was using this at work and worked brilliantly but cant get it working on my macbook.
    I drag a saved .aep file which has a render setup in the render que properly over onto the droplet renderQ but … It then launches after effects through terminal as it usually does but wont actually render anything.. it just says “Render finished”.

    Any help on this would be amazing. so useful this program!

    like this:

    & echo -e ‘\v’ && ‘/Applications/Adobe After Effects CS5/aerender’ -sound ON -project ‘/Users/raoulmarks/Desktop/test.aep’ && echo -e ‘\v\v\t[Job Finished: ‘test.aep]’\v’ && date && echo -e ‘\v’

    [Job Start: test.aep]

    Sun 29 May 2011 14:04:47 EST

    aerender version 10.0.1×19
    PROGRESS: Launching After Effects…
    echo -e ‘\v\v\v\tRenderQ v1.2\n\t\n\n\n\t[Render Finished!]\v’ && date && echo -e ‘\v’ && afplay ‘/Applications/RenderQ/’
    PROGRESS: …After Effects successfully launched

    [Job Finished: test.aep]

    Sun 29 May 2011 14:04:52 EST

    RaoulMacBook-4:~ raoulmarks$ echo -e ‘\v\v\v\tRenderQ v1.2\n\t\n\n\n\t[Render Finished!]\v’ && date && echo -e ‘\v’ && afplay ‘/Applications/RenderQ/’

    RenderQ v1.2

    [Render Finished!]

    Sun 29 May 2011 14:04:52 EST

  18. florian piento says:

    hi andrew,

    I’m running on OSX 10.6.7, AE CS5.

    RenderQ wouldn’t recognize there is a render lined up in the .aep file. I tried a few things and it turns out that if I remove the “&” in my file name, RenderQ would do its job fine.

    just to let you know,

    cheers and thanks again for this great app,


  19. Tara says:

    Sorry to be daft… but is there a step-by-step “how to” with this ap? I’m trying to use it… drag and drop my AE file on the icon… the window opens and says “Render Finished” but I don’t see the actual render? I’m very confused, obviously. Can you please point me in the right direction?


  20. Richard says:

    Kia Ora,

    Any way to edit the script to work with NukeX6.3V1? comes up with error no file or directory???
    Awesome app. BTW 🙂 the ae renderer has more the doubled the time it took to render from the gui and i still get to work on preojects while it’s in action… awesome!!

  21. Sean says:

    Is anyone having issues with Maya 2012 and RenderQ?

  22. Urs says:

    Hello, found your script today while looking for a elegant solution for rendering multiple files one after the other — good solution – although it took a while for me to get it run. It runs on Mac OS X Lion … although it seems, Maitre d’ does not work…

    • andrew says:

      Yes Maitre d’ does not work at the moment unfortunately as I work on making it more useful and rethink what it will be used for. I am looking at using Maitre d’ as the tool to help get renders going on other machines besides your main workstation. Having it actually save little proxy scripts that connect back to the workstation and a launch the render with a simple double-click! Stay tuned, although it may take quite some time to get it all finished up.

  23. Urs says:

    Hey andrew
    That Sounds pretty exciting as this is exactly what i would Need it to… have the renders done on another machine! Cool, very cool! Please inform me if you need some tests;-)

    • andrew says:

      Thanks Urs! And thank you very much for the donation! I will definitely keep you informed and let you know when I am ready to test out the new version. Trying to figure out exactly what sort of workflow will make the most sense.

  24. Yan says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Is there any way to prevent Terminal from emitting a report after each render?

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  26. sean says:

    Would LOVE to have this for Maya 2013

  27. Bryan says:

    Have you ever experimenting with implementing this for Apple’s motion or final cut pro x?

  28. eli says:

    when will you release the renderq for Apple Maverick Operating system?

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