Adobe video and audio applications and Catalina | macOS 10.15

Which versions of the Adobe video and audio apps are compatible with macOS Catalina?

The following audio-video applications work with macOS 10.15 (Catalina), but we have identified a number of issues which users should be aware of. 


Version number

After Effects

17.0 and later

Adobe Media Encoder

12.1.2 and later


11.1 and later

Character Animator

2.0 and later


8.x and later

Premiere Pro

12.1.2 and later


Adobe strongly recommends that customers do their own testing on a non-production system (or partition) to ensure that new operating systems work with their current hardware and drivers. 

Known compatibility issues

Adobe has discovered the following compatibility issues with running Adobe audio video applications with macOS 10.15 (Catalina).

No support for in-app updates

Applies to:

Adobe Media Encoder, Audition, Premiere Pro

Workaround: Directly update the app from the Creative Cloud desktop application.

Possible issues with 3rd party plugins

Applies to:

Audition, Premiere Pro

Issue: Audio plug-ins or hardware drivers may be incompatible or fail to install on macOS 10.15 (Catalina).  This includes 3rd party and Audio Unit plug-ins, or audio interfaces with custom driver software, whose installers have not been updated to implement the stricter requirements. 

For more information, see NOTICE: Mac OS 10.15 may be incompatible with some 3rd party audio plugins, drivers.

Changes to DV/HDV support on macOS 10.5

Applies to:

Premiere Pro, Audition, Adobe Media Encoder


Starting with macOS 10.15 Catalina, Premiere Pro, Audition, and Adobe Media Encoder no longer support the capture of DV and HDV over FireWire.

  • This change does not impact other forms of tape capture. 
  • You can still edit DV/HDV files that have previously been captured. 
  • DV/HDV capture is still available with Premiere Pro on Windows. 


If you need access to DV/HDV ingest you can:

  • On macOS: Use Premiere Pro 12.x and 13.x on macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) or 10.14 (Mojave)
  • On Windows: Continue to use the latest versions of Premiere Pro with no impact.

Changes to GPU support

Applies to:

Premiere Pro, Adobe Media Encoder

With the 14.0 releases, CUDA support is no longer available on macOS and we will be deprecating support for OpenCL. We recommend transitioning to Apple Metal, including systems running NVIDIA graphics.

For more information, see Changes to GPU and DV/HDV support in Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder on macOS.

Are legacy or perpetual versions of Adobe video and audio apps compatible with macOS Catalina?

No, legacy versions of the Adobe video and audio apps are not designed or tested to work on macOS 10.15 (Catalina). They are not supported on macOS Catalina.

Adobe does not recommend that customers using old versions of these apps upgrade to macOS Catalina.

Older versions use 32-bit licensing components and installers. Therefore, they cannot be installed and activated after upgrading to macOS Catalina. Upgrading to macOS Catalina with an older version already installed on your computer may provide limited functionality; however, you will not be able to reinstall or activate the application after the macOS upgrade.

Uninstall older versions before upgrading to macOS Catalina. The legacy uninstaller will not work after upgrading. 


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