Maxon Team Render Client / Server - Do I need this?

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Feb 13, 2022 Feb 13, 2022

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New to posting here, but I've been using Adobe products (starting with Premiere Pro) since 2001, 21 years now. I recently noticed that after installing After Effects on my newest workstation that several other applications were installed that I was surprised by and totally unfamiliar with: Maxon Cinema 4D stuff. 

I scoured the internet for hours trying to find sufficient answers to what the programs were and what they do...

First of all, a big round of applause to the Adobe Support Community for not actually answering anyone's questions on this topic. Every thread I found was just some "Adobe Community Professionals" telling people - over and over again - to read the license agreements and user manuals. Not helpful, guys. We came here for answers *because* those resources don't tell you about the things you want to actually know about how the software itself functions behind-the-scenes. That's why we're here. So kudos to you Support "Professionals" for not actually supporting anyone on this topic in particular. Stellar work.

Second, the answers provided on the " After Effects installed 7 Cinema 4D apps " thread where a "Support Professional" named Warren didn't actually answer anyone's questions but simply reposted the user manuals over and over again. Not very professional, I must say. Typically when I'm at work and a customer asks me a question, I don't just hand them a pamphlet over and over again saying "It's all right here," what I do is ANSWER THE G** D***  QUESTION.

So for anyone who would like the know what I managed to find after, yes, reading through the user manuals and license agreements, taking a deep dive into Maxon's videos - as well as transcripts of their videos - I've managed to find the answer to the questions people have actually been asking on this topic that Adobe's Support Community seems to not want to give a direct answer to:

What is (Maxon) Team Render Server and Team Render Client?

         They allow you to effectively use a render farm to speed up After Effects rendering, but only if you yourself set it up. It does NOT use a cloud service to automatically add your computer to a render farm, thank goodness. If it did, that would be the straw that breaks the camel's back with Adobe. If they did try to pull some kind of Symantec/Norton Antivirus bulls*** and covertly turn your computer into a bitcoin mining machine, that would be the end of a lot of people's Adobe subscriptions.

 

How did they get on my computer?

          They automatically installed with After Effects starting about 2 or 3 years ago. If you just now noticed these programs but have been using AE for years, then you don't have anything to worry about. However, since a lot of people got AE a long time ago and the user agreement back then didn't say anything about this software (of course), then to slip in several applications by a third party company onto a computer that did not *specifically* agree to them is an incredibly deceptive business practice. 

Nearly every single software company will allow you to opt-in or opt-out of additional software installs DURING the installation process. Many of us in the Adobe community feel that this covert installation of multiple applications without any actual advanced warning or option to avoid certain installations is ethically ambiguous at best, and at worst what is known in court as Deceptive Business Practices. It is related to False Advertisement. Look it up, Adobe Support Professionals.

Will After Effects continue working properly if I uninstall them?

          Yes and no. Uninstalling the Team Render Server and Client will not hurt anything since, again, you need to set those up yourself to begin with, so if you haven't you're all good. However I would NOT recommend uninstalling...

- Maxon Cinema 4d 

- Commandline

- Cineware

- Cinema 4D Lite

... as this might cause issues with the functionality of After Effects itself. It could cause render issues and crashes.

 

I hope this proves helpful to anyone who needs it because in the last several years of users asking these questions no one seems to have given a clear answer.

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Cinema 4d is a 3d renderer that is provided in it's light version as a plug-in to After Effects. From time to time Adobe partners with other companies to include new functionality into their products. You will see here more information on this, including how to uninstal the additional software components. https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/c4d.html

 


@JaredCannonball wrote:

New to posting here, but I've been using Adobe products (starting with Premiere Pro) since 2001, 21 years now. I recently noticed that after installing After Effects on my newest workstation that several other applications were installed that I was surprised by and totally unfamiliar with: Maxon Cinema 4D stuff. 

I scoured the internet for hours trying to find sufficient answers to what the programs were and what they do...


Maxon Cinema 4D is part of the After Effects installation for years now. If I'm correct, it got added in 2013.

 

I will move this to the After Effects forum.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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