After Effects system requirements

  1. After Effects User Guide
  2. Beta releases
    1. Beta Program Overview
    2. After Effects Beta Home
  3. Getting started
    1. Get started with After Effects
    2. What's new in After Effects 
    3. Release Notes | After Effects
    4. After Effects system requirements
    5. Keyboard shortcuts in After Effects
    6. Supported File formats | After Effects
    7. Hardware recommendations
    8. Planning and setup
    9. Setup and installation
  4. Workspaces
    1. General user interface items
    2. Get to know After Effects interface
    3. Workflows
    4. Workspaces, panels, and viewers
  5. Projects and compositions
    1. Projects
    2. Composition basics
    3. Precomposing, nesting, and pre-rendering
    4. View detailed performance information with the Composition Profiler
    5. CINEMA 4D Composition Renderer
  6. Importing footage
    1. Preparing and importing still images
    2. Importing from After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro
    3. Importing and interpreting video and audio
    4. Preparing and importing 3D image files
    5. Importing and interpreting footage items
    6. Working with footage items
    7. XMP metadata
  7. Working with text and graphics
    1. Text
      1. Formatting characters and the Character panel
      2. Text effects
      3. Creating and editing text layers
      4. Formatting paragraphs and the Paragraph panel
      5. Extruding text and shape layers
      6. Animating text
      7. Examples and resources for text animation
      8. Live Text Templates
    2. Motion Graphics
      1. Work with Motion Graphics templates in After Effects
      2. Use expressions to create drop-down lists in Motion Graphics templates
      3. Work with Essential Properties to create Motion Graphics templates
      4. Replace images and videos in Motion Graphics templates and Essential Properties
  8. Drawing, painting, and paths
    1. Overview of shape layers, paths, and vector graphics
    2. Paint tools: Brush, Clone Stamp, and Eraser
    3. How to taper shape strokes
    4. Shape attributes, paint operations, and path operations for shape layers
    5. Use Offset Paths shape effect to alter shapes
    6. Creating shapes
    7. Create masks
    8. Remove objects from your videos with the Content-Aware Fill panel
    9. Roto Brush and Refine Matte
  9. Working with layers
    1. Selecting and arranging layers
    2. Blending modes and layer styles
    3. 3D layers
    4. Layer properties
    5. Creating layers
    6. Managing layers
    7. Layer markers and composition markers
    8. Cameras, lights, and points of interest
  10. Animation, keyframing, motion tracking, and keying
    1. Animation
      1. Animation basics
      2. Animating with Puppet tools
      3. Managing and animating shape paths and masks
      4. Animating Sketch and Capture shapes using After Effects
      5. Assorted animation tools
      6. Work with Data-driven animation
    2. Keyframe
      1. Keyframe interpolation
      2. Setting, selecting, and deleting keyframes
      3. Editing, moving, and copying keyframes
    3. Motion tracking
      1. Tracking and stabilizing motion
      2. Face Tracking
      3. Mask Tracking
      4. Mask Reference
      5. Speed
      6. Time-stretching and time-remapping
      7. Timecode and time display units
    4. Keying
      1. Keying
      2. Keying effects
  11. Transparency and compositing
    1. Compositing and transparency overview and resources
    2. Alpha channels, masks, and mattes
  12. Adjusting color
    1. Color basics
    2. Use the Adobe Color Themes extension
    3. Color management
    4. Color Correction effects
  13. Effects and animation presets
    1. Effects and animation presets overview
    2. Effect list
    3. Simulation effects
    4. Stylize effects
    5. Audio effects
    6. Distort effects
    7. Perspective effects
    8. Channel effects
    9. Generate effects
    10. Transition effects
    11. The Rolling Shutter Repair effect
    12. Blur and Sharpen effects
    13. 3D Channel effects
    14. Utility effects
    15. Matte effects
    16. Noise and Grain effects
    17. Detail-preserving Upscale effect
    18. Obsolete effects
  14. Expressions and automation
    1. Expression
      1. Expression basics
      2. Understanding the expression language
      3. Using expression controls
      4. Syntax differences between the JavaScript and Legacy ExtendScript expression engines
      5. Editing expressions
      6. Expression errors
      7. Using the Expressions editor
      8. Use expressions to edit and access text properties
      9. Expression language reference
      10. Expression examples
    2. Automation
      1. Automation
      2. Scripts
  15. Immersive video, VR, and 3D
    1. Construct VR environments in After Effects
    2. Apply immersive video effects
    3. Compositing tools for VR/360 videos
    4. Tracking 3D camera movement
    5. Work in 3D Design Space
    6. Preview changes to 3D designs real time with the Real-Time Engine
    7. Add responsive design to your graphics 
  16. Views and previews
    1. Previewing
    2. Video preview with Mercury Transmit
    3. Modifying and using views
  17. Rendering and exporting
    1. Basics of rendering and exporting
    2. Export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
    3. Converting movies
    4. Multi-frame rendering
    5. Automated rendering and network rendering
    6. Rendering and exporting still images and still-image sequences
    7. Using the GoPro CineForm codec in After Effects
  18. Working with other applications
    1. Dynamic Link and After Effects
    2. Working with After Effects and other applications
    3. Sync Settings in After Effects
    4. Collaborate with Team Projects
    5. Share and manage changes with Team Project collaborators
    6. Creative Cloud Libraries in After Effects
    7. Plug-ins
    8. CINEMA 4D and Cineware
  19. Memory, storage, performance
    1. Memory and storage
    2. Improve performance
    3. Preferences
    4. GPU and GPU driver requirements for After Effects

Your computer must meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below to run and use After Effects.

Note:

The current version of After Effects (22.0) only supports Cinema 4D vR24 (installer included). However, the latest Cinema 4D vR25 is compatible with After Effects versions earlier than 22.0. If your workflow requires features only available in Cinema 4D R25, please use After Effects 2021 (version 18.4 or above). Support for R25-only features in After Effects 2022 will be available in a future update.

Applicable for:

After Effects 22.0 (October 2021) release.

System requirements for After Effects

Windows

Minimum specifications

Recommended specifications

Processor

 Intel or AMD Quad-Core Processor

(8-Core or above for Multi-Frame Rendering recommended)

Operating system    

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1909vand later. Note: Win version 1607 is not supported.

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1909 and later

RAM

16 GB of RAM

32 GB recommended

GPU

2 GB of GPU VRAM

Adobe strongly recommends updating to NVIDIA driver 472.12 or later when using After Effects. Drivers prior to this have a known issue which can lead to a crash.

 

Note: If you use a Windows 11 machine with NVIDIA GPUs, you must upgrade to version 472.12 to work.

4GB or more of GPU VRAM recommended

Hard disk space

15GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during

installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)

Additional disk space for disk cache (64GB+ recommended)

Monitor resolution    

1920 x 1080

1920x1080 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Note:

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services. 

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macOS

Minimum specifications

Recommended specifications

Processor

Intel and Apple Silicon (Rosetta2 Supported) Quad-Core Processor

8-Core or above for Multi-Frame Rendering

Operating system

 macOS versions 10.15 or macOS Big Sur (11.*), macOS Monterey (12.*).

macOS v10.15 (Catalina) or later

RAM

16 GB of RAM

32 GB

GPU

2 GB of GPU VRAM

4 GB of GPU VRAM

Hard disk space

15GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)

Additional disk space for disk cache 64GB+

Monitor resolution    

1440x900

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

Note:

After Effects version 17.5.1 supports macOS Big Sur on Intel but Apple Silicon is not fully supported at this time. If you want to know about Adobe apps working on Apple computers that use the Apple Silicon's M1 chip, see Do Adobe apps work on Apple computers that use the M1 chip?

VR system requirements

Note:

Requirements vary between VR systems. The requirements listed here are the base requirements only.

Head Mounted display

Operating system

Other requirements

Oculus Rift

Windows 10

  • GPU (video adapter):
    • HDMI 1.3 video output (directly on your video adapter)
    • Current public GPU driver—a recent driver is required (For more information, see Update Your Graphics Card Driver)
  • CPU (processor): Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • RAM (memory): 8 GB+ RAM
  • USB: At least two (2x) USB 3.0 ports—three (3x) total available USB ports
  • HD (disk space): 4 GB+ free space

HTC Vive

  • Windows 10
  • 27” iMac with Radeon Pro graphics
  • iMac Pro with Radeon Vega graphics
  • Mac OS 10.13.3 or later

On Windows:

  • Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

Windows Mixed Reality

Windows 10

On Windows:

  • Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

For detailed requirements for the different types of head-sets, and for information on setting up an immersive environment for After Effects, see Adobe Immersive Environment in After Effects.

Language versions available for After Effects

After Effects is available in the following languages:

  • Deutsch
  • English
  • Español
  • Français
  • Italiano
  • Português (Brasil)
  • Русский
  • 日本語
  • 한국어
  • 简体中文

After Effects supports text composition in Middle Eastern as well as Indic scripts using the “South Asian and Middle Eastern” text engine.

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