What is After Effects CC and who is it for?

Adobe After Effects CC 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 because After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud, you get access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available. Learn more about Creative Cloud.

Where can I learn more about new features?

See the What’s New page for details.

How does After Effects CC compare with earlier versions?

Check out the After Effects version comparison.

Technical questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run After Effects CC?

See the system requirements for information.

What hardware makes After Effects CC run even faster?

With native 64-bit support, After Effects can take advantage of all the available RAM in your system. For multicore systems, Adobe recommends 4 GB or more of RAM per core; on any system, 16 GB of RAM is a good baseline if you plan to run multiple applications simultaneously. Visit the After Effects forums for more information.

Does After Effects still support 32-bit operating systems?

No. Because 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 most of the 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 CC system requirements to make sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements.

Do my existing plug-ins work with After Effects CC?

Any 64-bit plug-ins designed for After Effects work in After Effects CC. Any 32-bit plug-ins for After Effects need new versions designed for 64-bit computing. For a current list of plug-ins compatible with After Effects CC, visit the plug-ins page. For more information, contact the plug-in manufacturers.

Is After Effects CC compatible with Windows 8.1?

See the system requirements for information.

Is After Effects CC compatible with Mac OS X v10.11?

See the system requirements for information.


Free trials

Where can I get a trial version of After Effects CC?

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a 7-day trial version of After Effects CC — and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to the All Apps plan, you’ll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.

Can I convert my trial version to a paid membership?

Yes. You can convert your trial to a Creative Cloud All Apps or Single App plan by purchasing on the Creative Cloud website. After you purchase your membership, your desktop product trial get automatically licensed upon relaunch.

Cross-product workflows

Do I require After Effects if I want to use After Effects created Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro?

Yes. If you don't have After Effects installed, you see an error message saying, 'This Motion Graphics template was created in After Effects. To use this template in Premiere Pro, please install After Effects (trial or license) and retry. Learn more at

Using After Effects created Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro
Using After Effects created Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro

To use Motion Graphics templates created in After Effects, you require a trial or licensed version of After Effects installed on your computer. If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, you already have a license of After Effects. Download it from your Creative Cloud application. If you have a Single-App license of Premiere Pro, a paid license of After Effects is not required, you can install the trial version of After Effects. After your trial has expired, your After Effects Motion Graphics template still works as long as you leave the expired trial installed or install a paid version of After Effects.  Do not uninstall the expired trial. For more information, see Motion Graphics templates/Common Questions.

Purchasing Options

How can I purchase After Effects CC?

Learn more about purchasing options on the Creative Cloud plans page.

Learning After Effects

How can I get started with After Effects CC?

Check out After Effects CC Learn & Support to get started, with video and step-by-step-tutorials as well as comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community.

Where can I find the manual?

You can find web and PDF versions of the After Effects CC manual on the After Effects Help page.

I’m experiencing problems with After Effects — what do I do?

Start by making sure that you have the latest updates: In After Effects, choose Help > Updates, and then follow the instructions. If you’ve installed the latest update and are still experiencing issues, visit the After Effects forums. If you need one-on-one help, contact technical support.

Where can I find the latest news about After Effects?

You can follow After Effects on Facebook and Twitter. You can also get regular news updates via the After Effects blog