After Effects and Character Animator ready for Mac OS X v10.11 (El Capitan)
We have tested the following versions of After Effects on Mac OS X v10.11 and found them to work with this operating system:
- After Effects CC 2015 (13.5-13.7.1), including Character Animator (Preview 3, Preview 2)
- After Effects CC 2014 (13.2)
- After Effects CC (12.2.1)
- After Effects CS6 (11.0.4)
We recommend you install the After Effects CC 2015 (13.7.1) bug-fix update, which fixes a bug that caused the Timeline panel to be redrawn too often during previews on Mac OS X v10.11 (El Capitan), which could slow preview playback speed to less than real-time.
All versions of After Effects that use Mercury Transmit for video previews encounter an issue with the base version of Mac OS X v10.11 that prevents video previews from being re-enabled when switching back to After Effects if the Disable Video Output When In The Background preference (in the Video Preview preferences) is enabled. Install the Mac OS X v10.11.2 update to fix this issue.
Note that After Effects CS6 requires the 11.0.4 update to work on any version of Mac OS X from 10.9 forward because of an incompatibility between newer versions of Mac OS X and a GPU library used by After Effects.
Also, After Effects CS6 has a known issue regarding Motion Sketch on versions of Mac OS X v10.9 and later. To use Motion Sketch with After Effects CS6, you must use Mac OS X v10.8 or earlier. After Effects CC versions do not have this issue.
For information on updates to After Effects and other Adobe professional video applications, see this page.