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The new, more connected After Effects 2021 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers – without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they’re released. Your entire creative world, together in one place.

After Effects 2021 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.

Compatibility: macOS 10.14 or later 64-bit

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40 comments on "Adobe After Effects 2021 v18.4.1"

  1. randy mcpanther says:

    oh nvm my comment – i only had to change that folder (under right click – get info) to read/write (after clicking on the lock and entering user password).
    Thank you again for the upload :)))

  2. randy mcpanther says:

    hello, thanks for the upload.
    after installation, when launching i got the following message: “after effects can’t continue: error while accessing the preference files inside “/users/x/library/preferences/adobe/after effects/18.4”, please verify the file permissions and try again.
    installation went smooth. i’m on monterey, intel processor.

  3. Ko Phyo says:

    It couldn’t be installed on M1 Macbook air. I have tried all ways.

  4. Abdullah says:

    anyone having success in running it on m1 mac ?

    • Arya Sarukkai says:

      Yes, I have a working method to do this, however you might not prefer it.
      You can either install it on another computer with intel/catalina and copy the files over, or do this one, which works a lot better, download an older version. I did this and I have all apps working on my M1 MacBook Pro running MacOS Monterey.

  5. hrrlll says:

    does it work on M1 mac?

  6. Ray says:

    Hi can you guys upload a software PLOTAVERSE.. thanks

  7. B.B. says:

    @ Terminal.. sorry, newbie.

  8. B.B. says:

    (@ command prompt – sudo spctl –master-disable)
    FYI it’s 2 dashes before master & 1 between master & disable

  9. B.B. says:

    (it works – if error.. The installation cannot continue as the installer file may be damaged.., close installer, eject..) 
    (@ command prompt – sudo spctl –master-disable)
    (re-launch installer & continue) 

  10. Joseph Cornell says:

    Can someone please leave a reply telling me how exactly to install this, cus I keep doing it wrong and WIERD stuff happen. Im downloading v18.2, on a intel mac running big sur:)

  11. john says:

    I try with macbook air M1 : it seems it doesn’t work. When I launched the Install file, it says : The installation cannot continue as the installer file may be damaged

    • nova says:

      it doesn’t work

    • Nilesh says:

      same issue here…m1 users do not install…it says installation file is damaged…no fix worked no matter how many I tried

      • efemefem says:

        That’s just an error message caused by apple in order to avoid anything non “authentic” just search on “bypass error message “installation file is damaged”, the first video must work without any problem.

  12. xplorick says:

    v18.1 Update:
    has any1 got this working with Apple Silicon M1 Macbooks?

  13. Ajith says:

    its working!!! intel 2017 macbook pro

  14. Nin. says:

    why is it telling me to keep buying the product?

  15. vac says:

    Does this work with m1?

  16. Alex says:

    Finally version 18.0 works perfectly (iMac 4K)!!!

  17. jojo d luffy says:

    someone please help me

  18. jojo d luffy says:

    why does mine shows that Last log message was: <4460326400> <MetalCommandQueue> <5> kMetalCountersAtDispatchBoundary untested on MacOS 10.16. Disabling Performance Capture

    when i open it

    help me admin please

  19. Aleksandr says:

    open – Extra/ right click -> Show Package Contents
    open – Contents/MacOS/Install

  20. juh says:

    nvm i’m dumb

  21. nico says:

    can we have a install guide!

  22. esweb says:

    at the terminal:

    defaults write skip-verify TRUE


  23. Alex says:

    This version (17.7) crashes a few seconds after opening, as well as the 17.6 version. I had to reinstall version 17.5.1.

  24. Riz says:

    Do you have an archive for this? I’m looking for Ae CC 2018

  25. Alex says:

    This version (17.6) crashes a few seconds after opening (Big Sur, iMac 4K).

  26. xdeepex says:

    but Im using it in bigsur its working fine

  27. GEoRGescu CRISTIAN says:

    I cannot install. Do we have a file to guide us?

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