After Effects system requirements

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

Applicable for:

June 2021 (18.2.1), May 2021 (18.2), April 2021 (18.1), March 2021 (18.0), February 2021 (17.7), January 2021 (17.6), November 2020 (17.5.1), October 2020 (17.5)

 

Minimum system requirements for After Effects

Windows

 

Minimum specifications

Processor

Intel or AMD Multi-Core Processor

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit) versions 1903 and later. Note: Win version 1607 is not supported.

RAM

16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended)

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM. (4GB or more recommended)

Adobe strongly recommends updating to NVIDIA driver 451.77 or later when using After Effects. Drivers prior to this have a known issue which can lead to a crash.

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

1920x1080 or greater display resolution

Internet

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

macOS

 

Minimum specifications

Processor

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

Operating system

macOS versions 10.14, 10.15 or macOS Big Sur 11.0 and later.

macOS Big Sur is supported in After Effects version 17.5.1.

RAM

16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended).

GPU

2GB 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+ recommended)

Monitor resolution

1440x900 or greater display resolution

Internet

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?

*NOTICE TO USERS: Internet connection, Adobe ID, and acceptance of license agreement required to activate and use this product. This product may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services. Adobe services are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms of use and the Adobe Privacy Policy (see http://www.adobe.com/legal.html). Applications and services may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.

VR system requirements

Head Mounted Display (HMD)

Operating system

Oculus Rift

Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality

Windows 10

HTC Vive

 

  • Windows 10
  • 27” iMac with Radeon Pro graphics
  • iMac Pro with Radeon Vega graphics

 

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.

Note:

Intel driver 27.20.100.8476 is qualified by Adobe as a baseline driver. Adobe recommends that the driver version should be 27.20.100.8476 or above. For more information, see Install Intel Graphics driver.

Language versions available for After Effects

Adobe 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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