Adobe After Effects

Version2020(as of 1/3/2020)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
Go to Website
Rating:3.0  |  138 Votes

Main Features

  • Packaged with hundreds of special effects
  • Mask tracking to automatically adjust masks on moving objects
  • Advanced puppet tools for mesh sculpting
  • Selective color grading with Lumetri color
  • Shape, graphics, and text creation and editing tools
  • Video content-aware fill capabilities
  • Integration with Premiere Pro and other Adobe CC programs
  • Support for hundreds of plugins to expand the functionality of the app

Software Overview

Screenshot of Adobe After Effects 2020
Screenshot of Adobe After Effects 2020

Adobe After Effects is a powerful special effects program for Windows and Mac used to create visual effects and motion graphics for video. It is included in the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) subscription and often used with Adobe Premiere Pro to enhance video.

After Effects has many features that you can use to create visual effects in your video. You can combine multiple layers of footage and graphics, then animate the separate layers. After Effects has a great set of tools for creating and animating masks in your project and can even automatically adjust masks on moving objects. The application also comes with advanced puppet tools that enable you to bend, curve, twist, and scale animations.

After Effects also comes with a vast library of special effect presets to help bring your effects to life. Among the special effects features includes multiple color keying effects for moving your actor from a green screen to whatever location you can imagine. After Effects also comes Lumetri Color tools for accurately fine-tuning colors and maintaining color fidelity across your workflow in Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Adobe After Effects is a great choice for creating professional visual effects to enhance your video projects. The application features an array of advanced tools for professionals along with a Learn panel with built-in tutorials and templates for beginners. If you are simply trying to edit a video and are looking to use minimal effects like crossfades, there are simpler and cheaper options available. But if you want to enhance your video with motion graphics and other visual effects to give your video that "wow" factor, try Adobe After Effects.

Primary File Type

aep icon.AEPAfter Effects Project

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AEPAfter Effects Project
.AAFAdvanced Authoring Format File
.AECCinema 4D After Effects Composition
.AECACHEAfter Effects Cache File
.AEPXAfter Effects XML Project
.AETXAfter Effects XML Project Template
.AOMAfter Effects Output Module
.ARSAfter Effects Render Settings File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.CFAAdobe Conformed Audio File
.FFXAfter Effects Preset File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.MPGMPEG Video File
.MPGINDEXAdobe MPEG Index File
.PCTPicture File
.PEKAdobe Peak Waveform File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.QTINDEXAdobe QTIndex File
.R3DREDCODE Video File
.RPFRich Pixel Format File
.VPEPhotoshop Vanishing Point Export File
.WAVWAVE Audio File
.XFLAnimate Movie Archive

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AETAfter Effects Project Template
.EXROpenEXR Image
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.PICTPicture File
.ZDCTAdobe Language File
Updated 1/3/2020