I appreciate your link, I’m familiar with that process. Unfortunately Steinberg’s removal of eLicenser as an option is a problem for us and if this thread is accurate I’m unable to activate two of our purchased N11 licenses to eLicenser because Nuendo no longer uses eLicensers even for licenses purchased under the eLicenser terms. I continue to hope I’m inaccurate in my conclusion.
Short version -
The issue is - with significant numbers of daws deployed all over the world for different purposes every show, having the licenses on eLicensers and iLoks works well for us. Powering up a daw in the shop to transfer licenses is not effective with shop personnel, physically moving eLicensers and iLoks is effective.
Long version -
We have 9 Nuendo eLicensers, 6 PT-Ultimate iLoks, probably around 6 or so PT-Studio iLoks, and quite a few Video Sync (Slave) and audio plugin iLoks. At a guess without checking we have perhaps 25 daws in all different form factors - rack mount with triple-madi interfaces, laptop with Madi, NUC bolted to the back of a monitor, laptop with analog, etc. For interfaces we have triple-Madi MadiFX cards, triple-Madi HDMadi+HDX, MadiFace USB, UFX+, Focusrite analog, etc., plus BlackMagic capture cards.
Each television show is different and requires a different combination of gear and licenses. Most daws have all software installed, QC’d, and sitting on the shelf with their “home” licenses - eLicenser or iLok.
One of us gets an email from a television production asking if we have two portable laptop Nuendo dubbers (always run a primary and backup!) with 2 Madi interfaces each; our laptop daws with their Nuendo home licenses are out working so I have the shop folks do the following -
A - Open up two rack-mount daw cases and pull the eLicensers.
B - Put the eLicensers in the laptop case shipping out.
C - Add the dual-Madi interfaces. Done.
It’s a significant hardship at this time to do the following -
A - Pull two donor daws out of their cases.
B - Power up one donor daw on the bench.
C - Connect the donor daw to the internet.
D - Release the license.
E - Power up the other donor daw on the bench.
F - Connect the donor daw to the internet.
G - Release the license.
H - Pull the two recipient daws out of their case.
I - Power up one recipient daw on the bench.
J - Connect the recipient daw to the internet.
K - Transfer the license.
L - Power up the other recipient daw on the bench.
K - Connect the recipient daw to the internet.
M - Transfer the license.
N - Repack the recipient daws.
O - Repack both donor daws.
P - Add the dual-Madi interfaces.
Note - if it’s done as an offline process the above steps still require many steps and are time consuming.
My point in this explanation is not because I have too much time and enjoy explaining our business, it’s that I was under the impression, possibly mistaken, that our Nuendo 11 licenses would always be able to be transferred to eLicensers. I was thinking we would continue to operate this way while the licensing issues with N12 are ironed out, and eventually - someday - have to spend extra money and time with license transfers as in the above scenario simply because Steinberg will no longer support eLicenser activation even with older licenses. I think. What I didn’t expect is for a purchased v11 license to not be able to be used as it was sold - with eLicenser. As I said I continue to hope I’m incorrect but it’s not looking very good at the moment.
Sincerely and frustratingly,