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After Effects for Apple Silicon

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  11. Transparency and Compositing
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  15. Immersive video, VR, and 3D
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  19. Collaboration: Frame.io, and Team Projects
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  20. Memory, storage, performance
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Run After Effects faster with native support for Apple silicon devices. 

After Effects 22.3 allows you to take advantage of the latest technologies, including new Apple silicon machines. Experience faster launches, rendering, and Adobe Sensei features optimized for M1-based hardware.

Known differences and limitations

There are some differences in functionality and some features are not available with After Effects on Apple silicon:

  • If there are third-party plug-ins installed that are not ported for Apple silicon, those plug-ins are unavailable when After Effects runs natively. 
  • A warning dialog displays at launch listing any installed third-party plug-ins that aren't compatible with Apple silicon.
  • Run After Effects under Rosetta to continue using non-ported third-party plug-ins and formats like Cineform, but it impacts After Effects performance.

For details, see Premiere Pro for Apple silicon

Are legacy versions compatible?

Previous versions of After Effects are compatible with Apple silicon when run under Rosetta 2 emulation. We recommend updating to the latest version of After Effects for the best experience.

Running under Rosetta emulation

After Effects 22.3 for macOS is Universal and able to run natively on Apple Silicon devices. You can also run After Effects under Intel emulation (Rosetta) to continue using third-party plug-ins or formats that are not compatible with Apple silicon.

Use the Open (Intel) option in the Creative Cloud app to run After Effects under Rosetta one time. Or, enable Open using Rosetta in the macOS Finder's Get Info dialog for Adobe After Effects 2022.app.

Running After Effects 22.3 or later under Rosetta is fully supported when the following applications are also updated to version 22.3 or later:

  • Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Character Animator
  • Audition

Updating these applications ensures that when you launch After Effects, or any background After Effects rendering process, via Dynamic Link, the preference for running After Effects under Rosetta is honored.

Errors and warning messages

If all the Adobe video/audio apps are not updated, you may receive the following error or warning messages:

Example:

If there are third party plug-ins installed that are not ported to Apple silicon, those plug-ins are unavailable when After Effects runs natively. You can dismiss it to never show again. Update the apps to version 22.3 or later to avoid unexpected rendering issues caused by unavailablity of non-ported plug-ins and formats.

If you continue to run After Effects natively, you won't face issues as the processes launch natively by any digital video audio app with the same major version. On every launch of After Effects under Rosetta, a different dialog displays when running natively with incompatible plug-ins.

Warning message showing third party plug-ins not compatible with Apple silicon
Warning message showing third party plug-ins not compatible with Apple silicon

Warning message when running under Rosetta
Warning message when running under Rosetta

Warning message when running under Rosetta and a background process is launched
Warning message when running under Rosetta and a background process is launched

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Do I also need to set Premiere Pro or Adobe Media Encoder to run under Rosetta in order to render After Effects comps under Rosetta?

Answer: No, running Premiere Pro or Adobe Media Encoder under Rosetta has no effect on whether headless After Effects processes are run under Rosetta. Dynamic Link determines the correct launch architecture regardless of the host application's currently running architecture.

Best practices

  • When you switch After Effects between Apple and Intel architectures, close and relaunch any open apps to ensure that the change to After Effects architecture is honored by any instances of Dynamic Link. This ensures that the architecture you want other apps to use when launching After Effects render processes is what is recently used by After Effects.
  • When you open the 22.2 or ealier versions of your apps, they automaically launch After Effects 22.3 and its background process in the native Apple architecture, regardless of the set preference. It prevents unported third-party plug-ins and formats from loading and can cause rendering to not work correctly. To avoid it, update to version 22.3 or later when you run After Effects 22.3 on Apple silicon.
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