I've been working with a project all week, rendering and re-rendering with no problem. Suddenly any time Trapcode Shine attempts to render (either in the preview window of the project panel or in the comp itself), AE instantaneously crashes.
Have no idea what caused it since shine has not been touched, and it was rendering perfectly before the issue started. Maybe there was a secret update to AE, Trapcode, or OS X BigSur?
Happens across all versions of AE that I have, including the latest Beta.
AE 2021 18.4.1
Big Sur v: 11.5.2
iMac Pro (2017)
3.2 GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon W
32 GB 2666 MHz DDR4
Radeon Pro Vega 64 16 GB
I just checked using the same OS and the latest three builds of AE. No problems with any Trapcode products.
It looks like it may be project file specific.
Another project came up where I had to kick out some graphics and realized after I did, that that project used shine in it and it didn't crash. Testing it, I applied shine to a layer and it worked fine. Immediately, I opened up the original project and it didn't crash! Was able to to re-render what I needed and saved it.
The next day I had to do another adjustment, and the crash started all over again with the original project. I then made a brand new project file, applied shine successfully, closed it, opened up the problematic file and it was working again.
Seems to be a workaround, but I have no idea what is causing it (especially since it had no issues before this suddenly reared its head).
The only thing I can think of that is different with the problematic project file is that it is an import-re-save of an 11 year old project file. Maybe there is some legacy nonsense that corrupts the shine cache over time? Maybe it's something unrelated, I don't know. All very odd.