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After Effects CC is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer). After Effects CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

The new, more connected After Effects CC can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without more...

What's New

Version 12.2.1:


  • OS X 10.7.4 or later
  • 64-bit multicore Intel processor
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 5 GB available hard-disk space for installation
  • 1440x900 display
  • OpenGL 2.0-capable system
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 for QuickTime features

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Shooters Member IconReview+68

I have yet to find one users not hating the new license scheme.
After Effects is not bad at all but I just refuse to register because of the awful license money cow.

Guess Adobe is only aiming at pro consumers now.

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Version 12.2.1
Cowicide Member IconComment+1131

As with most longtime Adobe customers, I am sickened by Adobe's greed with their Creative Cloud subscription model.

This petition against has over 30,000 sigs so far...

It's time to boycott Adobe products until Adobe comes to its senses, fires the CEO and brings back perpetual licenses.

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Version 12.0

Adobe makes and sells software and that'd what keeps them in business. The direction they have taken for the last decade has been supported by all of the customers continuing to purchase their products. We gripe threaten but we continue to purchase. A company like Adobe can only abuse you as long as you continue to buy their stuff. Most of us don't make a living using their stuff. What if you could find alternatives that are specific to our needs. Keep the Adobe software you have but never upgrade again. That's the direction I took.

I have found products that are more cost effective and with a lower learning curve to meet my needs. I am into photography and you can find other software that will do a very good job processing your images with no Adobe hassle. We should stop talking and stop purchasing and maybe together we can cause a 5 to 10 precent drop in Adobe sales and they will get their attention. Make a big enough impact on the bottom line and the clean up crew inside of Adobe will take care of the rest.

if you want to look at a big company that lost it's way all you have to do is check out IBM. They were a power at one time in the PC market but they lost touch with the customers and people stopped buying their stuff. Follow the money.


I haven't supported the direction they have taken for the last decade. When Adobe spent the last five years of InDesign development on eBooks entirely I was opposed to that. The problem with Adobe runs much deeper then rental software.

islandmacman Member IconReview+147

This is a difficult to master program and not the kind you can jump in and learn in 2 minutes, so tough. Read some online tutorials, buy a book...

Even with some of the interface changes, it's still a great app. It's gotten faster than 6.5, and openGL works better.

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Version 7.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

(+) Impressive software. Works fine in Tiger.
(-) Not easy to master.

BTW don't judge it because you don't know how to use it ;-)

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Version 6.5.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

I experienced the same problem with AfterEffects 6.5.1, running on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) with german localization with austrian keyboard layout. When i'm turning to the german keyboard layout it works fine.

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Version 6.5.1

Hi, have you find any sollution to your problem with KCHR? I have the same problem myself!

Anonymous Member IconComment

Its right that you can achieve good results in AE (if you use this app for years), but like many other users here already said, there are many disappointments. Hybrid (Mac PC) Network Rendering is terrible. The need to translate your whole footage into TGAs, only to achieve accurate results (for the same colour and brightness), thats really terrible. Not so optimized to dual machines. Absolutelly not user-friendly (its ok for those who worked ten years with AE or so). In other words, if you plan to do a big job, dont do it in AE. Adobe is losing my faith and sooner or later, I only will use Photoshop from Adobe.

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Version 6.5.1
Anonymous Member Icon

You're 'review' warrants a big fat DUH DUMMIE. Jeez-o weez-o of course a piece of software like this takes skill to use. This review was downright retarded and should be stricken from the record. All I have to say is if you know AE then you'll know it works. Either you know it, or you want to properly learn it. Don't just download a complicated piece of software and expect it to just be easy to use.

Anonymous Member IconReview

No motiondesigner can do without AE. Apple have a lot of work to do before Motion can compete. If you just do production of very basic stuff Motion will do, but advanced animation, forget it.

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Version 6.5.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

While Motion is a nice app it´s no where NEAR After effects in feauters. And I pretty sure won´t replace After effects in many years.

Things that in my opinion makes afx superior to motion :

3d space. (a total must have)
Painting options.
Script controll.
Integration to Photoshop and Illustrator.
Network rendering.
Quality of the renders.

To say that After effects is a product that´s over, is as stupid as saying that Photoshop is over..

The only thing I can see that motion have an advantage in is the speed necessary for very quick broadcast graphics.

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Version 6.5.1
Anonymous Member IconComment

I wonder how I could have worked all the last years with AAE. So much wasted time it's absolutely incredible. Anway. What's wrong about AAE?

Well, the QuickTime engine isn't used to it's full extend. No automated workflow supported (on the Mac and PC as well). You have to wait till it's ready to kick out the next job. One week with Motion means I get timely home after 6 - 8 hours. One week with AAE means I have to wait till the rendered file is exported and only now I can start the next job. A boring and time wasting approach. When I was working on Adobe After Effects I had to work 12 - 16 peer day, because a job goes only out the customer when it's done. Need I say more?
And since Encore DVD 1.5 is a crashing piece of software it was easy to give up the Adobe Video Collection and switch completely to the Mac with Mac OS X 10.3 and PowerMac G5s.

And the PCs were double CPU machines with many Gigs of RAM, too and the fastest available graphic cards.

It's time for Adobe to rethink their Video Collection. Release 0.75 beta would be a better description.

One thing is clear, after worrying years about After Effects on the Mac (and the PC), the direction is so clear, goodbye PC and goodbye AAE and Adobe Video Collection. We have switched just 50% of all workplaces with new G5s and Apple's Production Suite. And if even diehard win xp users didn't worry about using Motion and Apple's Production Suite, so it couldn't be any clearer!! The time of Adobe's Video Collection and After Effects is over that's sure!!!

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Version 6.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

I have used AE since version 1.0 and aside from the creative things hat can be accomplished it has been nothing but a headache...

Let me explain...

How many users out there can relate. Time is money right? How many projects have you been under the gun (especially television production) and with the evolving level of production quality and creativity that goes into a project the process shouldn't be hampered by the slow redraw response (:10 to 1:00+ a frame (HD)) and lengthly render times especially on duel motherboards and 64 bit processors.

For instance, last month I completed a job in a week. You might say wow what's this moron complaining about? Well in the world of After Effects a job that takes a week isn't a week in normal job hours. A one week project could (and has many times) consisted of 120+ hours to get a graphic and effects intense product to full completion.

I personally am sick of it and now have switched to Motion. Motion is heads above the headaches and painstaking snail development os AE. Even with it's numerous bugs and being version 1.0 I can save 80 hours on a one week project.

The lousy response by Adobe in upgrading their programming and (NO) integration with Apple / PC 64 bit / duel processors (which have been out for how long?) and enormous RAM hog architecture is pitiful by the so called standard program for motion design.

Let me give you an example...

I timed a HD :22 second long HD project I did between 3 different computers and here are the render times...

Del Xeon duel 2.8 with 2 GIGs of RAM
3 hours 31 mins

(home built CPU) Intel P4 3.0 with single 2 GIGs of RAM
4 hours 10 mins

here's the kicker....

Apple Duel 2.0 with 4 Gigs of RAM
3 hours 47 mins

Now I haven't tried motion on an HD project (yet) but I have used it quite extensively and what used to take me hours in AE is done in minutes with Motion.

Need I say more...

Goodbye Adobe.... And by the way if you can send me the hair I lost the past ten or so years from the stress caused by your poor product I'd appreciate it.

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Version 6.5
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