Issue: A crash can occur when certain plug-ins try to use the GPU while the “Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels” preference is enabled.

Plug-ins that can display this behavior include:

  • Foundry Camera Tracker
  • Video Copilot Optical Flares
  • Video Copilot Element 3D

Solution: Disable the “Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels” preference

  1. Open the Preferences dialog box to the Display category
  2. Disable the “Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels” preference

In the upcoming version of After Effects contention for GPU resources are prevented so that this problem doesn’t occur.

For more details, see this blog post.

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