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Tim Parker
After Effects says Effect Plugins are missing and then crashes.
on Nov 24, 2019 at 3:46:11 pm

When I open After Effects 2020, I receive two messages:

"After Effects Warning: Can't use the 3D Camera Tracker tool because the "3D Camera Tracker" effect plugin is missing. You may need to reinstall."

"After Effects Warning: Can't use the Mocha CC tool because the "Mocha CC" effect plugin is missing. You may need to reinstall."

Then After Effects opens and ANOTHER error pops up saying:

"After Effects can't continue: The required Cinema 4D effect plugin could not be loaded. You may need to reinstall."

and once I've clicked off that, After Effects closes with this message:

"After effects can't continue: unexpected failure during application startup"

I literally used After Effects yesterday and everything worked perfectly. Previously to this today, it wouldn't open due to being stuck on "cleaning up Animation Composer" so i deleted that plugin and now all this! Please can anyone advise me?

Currently running:

After Effects 2020
Cinema 4D r20
MacOS Mojave
MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)
1.8 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB


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Max Haller
Re: After Effects says Effect Plugins are missing and then crashes.
on Dec 2, 2019 at 9:43:43 pm

You might have the most luck just reinstalling AE. You can copy your scripts and plugin folders so you don't have to add them individually again. It sounds like there's a corrupted file or something like that. It generally installs pretty quickly these days.


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