Adobe After Effects

Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics.

Create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions. Remove an object from a clip. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or character. With After Effects, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can take any idea and make it move. 


Key features

  • Eye-catching motion graphics and visual effects—Remove an object from a clip. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or character. Even navigate and design in a 3D space.
  • Selectable Track Matte Layer—Choose any layer as a track matte using a new drop-down menu in the Modes column. Position the matte layer anywhere in the timeline stack and reuse it multiple times for multiple other layers.
  • Frame.io for Creative Cloud—Review feedback and nail down approvals in your comp. Import annotations for crystal clear direction. Frame.io puts your project on fast-forward—and it’s included with After Effects.

 

  • Plays well with others—Create compositions in After Effects and use Dynamic Link to eliminate intermediate rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro. Import from Photoshop, Illustrator, and more. Collaborate with others and integrate with 300+ software and hardware partners.
  • 3D design space—Discover the tools designed to help you navigate and design in 3D space. Check out exciting new features like Real-time 3D Draft Preview, Extended Viewport, 3D Ground Plane, and 3D Transform Gizmos.
  • Faster Multi-frame rendering—Tap into the full power of your computer’s CPU with features that speed up your previews, flag layers impacting processing time, and even render your compositions while you’re idle.

 

 

System requirements

Windows

  • Intel or AMD quad-core processor (8-core or higher recommended for Multi-frame rendering)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) V20H2 or later
  • 16GB of RAM (32GB recommended); 2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB or more and NVIDIA driver 472.12 or later recommended)
  • 15GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (64GB or more for disk cache recommended); cannot install on removable flash storage devices
  • 1920x1080 display or greater display resolution
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services*

 

macOS

  • Intel and Apple Silicon (Rosetta2 supported) quad-core processor (8-core or higher recommended for Multi-frame rendering)
  • macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later
  • 16GB of RAM (32GB recommended); 2GB of GPU VRAM (4GB of GPU RAM recommended) 
  • 15GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (64GB or more for disk cache recommended); cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices
  • 1440x900 display or greater display resolution
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services*

 

 

FAQ

What is After Effects and who is it for?

After Effects is the industry-leading animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists. It offers superior control, a wealth of creative options, and integration with other post-production applications — and it's available only in Creative Cloud.


Does After Effects still support 32-bit operating systems?

No. The performance benefits of native 64-bit support make it the best choice for the demanding technical requirements of working with video, particularly HD and higher resolution content. Offering only 64-bit support enables Adobe to optimize performance even further.

 

I use a Mac. How does the lack of 32-bit support affect me?

The lack of 32-bit support does not affect the majority of Mac computers that use Intel processors. The only Mac users affected by the lack of 32-bit support are those using Intel based Mac computers with Intel Core Duo (single-core) processors. Refer to the After Effects system requirements to make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements.


Will my existing plug-ins work with After Effects?

Any 64-bit plug-ins designed for After Effects will work in After Effects. Any 32-bit plug-ins for After Effects will need new versions designed for 64-bit computing. For more information, contact the plug-in manufacturers.

 

 

* NOTICE TO USERS: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy. Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

After Effects version 17.5.1 supports macOS Big Sur on Intel but Apple Silicon is not fully supported at this time.