After Effects CC is the industry-leading animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists. It offers superior control, a wealth of creative options, and integration with other post-production applications — and it's available only in Creative Cloud™. For more information, visit the After Effects overview page.
The Training library in Creative Cloud gives you access to a rich and growing collection of video tutorials from Adobe and industry-leading partners. You’ll find out about common techniques and specific workflows to help you learn new things and complete projects quickly. After Effects Help includes Adobe content as well as links to expert training from books, videos, and other community resources.
No, because the performance benefits of native 64-bit support make it the best choice for the demanding technical requirements of working with video, particularly HD and higher resolution content, offering only 64-bit support enables Adobe to optimize performance even further.
The lack of 32-bit support does not affect the majority of Mac computers that use Intel® processors. The only Mac users affected by the lack of 32-bit support are those using Intel based Mac computers with Intel Core™ Duo (single-core) processors. Refer to the After Effects CC system requirements to make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements.
Any 64-bit plug-ins designed for After Effects will work in After Effects CC. Any 32-bit plug-ins for After Effects will need new versions designed for 64-bit computing. For a current list of plug-ins compatible with After Effects CC, visit the plug-ins page. For more information, contact the plug-in manufacturers.
With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a 30-day trial version of After Effects CC and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to a complete membership, you'll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.
The system requirements provided by Adobe are minimum requirements. With native 64-bit support, After Effects can take advantage of all the available RAM in your system. For multicore systems, Adobe recommends 4GB or more of RAM per core; on any system, 16GB of RAM is a good baseline if you plan to run multiple applications simultaneously.
In addition, a few resources that were introduced for CS6 are still applicable to After Effects CC:
Start by making sure you have the latest updates: In After Effects, choose Help > Updates, and then follow the instructions. If you've installed the latest update and are still experiencing issues, visit the After Effects forums. If you need one-on-one help, contact technical support.