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Moving After Effects CS5.5 Plugins to CS6

Moving After Effects CS5.5 Plugins to CS6

Now that Adobe has launched CS6, it’s time to move your plugins from CS5.5 (or previous) to the new install. At first, you might think there will be a lot uninstalling and re-installing, but that’s not the case. I will show you how aliasing will be your new best friend.

Do not uninstall your previous installs of creative suite! Uninstalling CS5.5 (or previous) will require you to reinstall your plugins all over again.

Once you install CS6, your first step is to open up two Finder windows. One window will feature your After Effects CS5.5 (or whatever you had installed prior to CS6) install and the other will have your CS6 install.

Open two finder windows, one with CS5.5 plugins, the other with CS6 plugins.

Open two finder windows, one with CS5.5 plugins, the other with CS6 plugins.

Click on your “Plug-ins” folder in both CS5.5 and CS6. Now, select all of your plugins found inside the CS5.5 plugins folder. Do not select the Effects, Extensions, Format, or Keyframe folder. These come with every install of After Effects and are already inside your CS6 plugins folder. Once you select everything else, right-click and choose “Make Alias” from the pop-up menu. This will make alias shortcuts for every file you selected. When it’s finished, keep those aliases selected and drag them into your After Effects CS6 plugins folder.

If you would like to keep your plugins folder neat, you can create a folder inside the plugins folder titled “CS5.5 Plugins”.

After they are dragged over, you can close one of the Finder windows. In the open Finder window, head over to Library > Application Support > Adobe > Common > Plug-ins. Inside this folder you will see folders for every install of creative suite you have installed on your machine. In each of these folders there will be a folder called “MediaCore”. Instead of making an alias for each file and folder inside the “MediaCore” folder, you can select the “MediaCore” folder in CS5.5 and create an alias. Then drag the alias over into the CS6 “MediaCore” folder. And you are done!

Since you are making aliases (shortcuts) of the plugins, you will need to keep your install of CS5.5 (correct me if I am wrong). If you would like to uninstall CS5.5, copy over the plugins into CS6 and make a backup just in case.

While this tutorial was specific to After Effects, you can apply the same procedure to any of the creative suite applications that have a plugins folder.

This tutorial was modified from Michele Yamazaki’s Transferring your After Effects CS5 plug-ins to After Effects CS5.5 video tutorial.

Note: this tutorial was written for Mac users. If you are running on Windows, check out Michele Yamazaki’s How to Transfer CS5 Plug-ins to CS5.5 in Windows video tutorial.

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About The Author: Connor Crosby

Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and website developer. Experience using numerous NLEs including Final Cut Pro 7/X, Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer.

11 Comments

  1. avatar
    Hisham

    I don’t have the plugin folder in : Library > Application Support > Adobe > Common > ….
    I have alot of plugins that all work just fine!

    Why is this folder missing ?

    • avatar
      Connor Crosby

      This is not too big a deal. There are some plugins that put their resource files here, but if your plugins already work then you should be all set.

      • avatar
        Hisham

        Sorry for misleading you, I meant that all of the plugins work just fine in CS5.
        That’s why I think its weird I don’t have this folder.
        Since I only could copy the plugin folder from the after effects folder and not from the common folder I have only 2 plugins that are available in EA CS6 of the 12 plugins that i have in CS5!

        Here is a screenshot of my common folder

        http://gyazo.com/96d91cb8b890bdcb939a67aad28bcc2a

        I have ryed to search for the folder and the files on my machine

        Many thanks for helping me ^^

        • avatar
          Connor Crosby

          Hmm that is very odd… What are the other plugins you have installed in CS5? Some plugin developers use special installs that may require you to re-install them.

          • avatar
            Hisham

            Knoll Light Factory , Trapcode, Magic Bullet Looks and some other plug-ins from Magic Bullet.

            I do have the Re:Vision Twixtor pro plug-in in CS6

            • avatar
              Connor Crosby

              I am not sure about the others but Magic Bullet has a separate installer that you can find on their site.

              • avatar
                Hisham

                okay, I will look on their site although I was trying to prevent to download like 8 nstallers for all the the plug-ins. I think that some installers arent even CS6 ready ?

  2. avatar
    Flavio

    Thanks man! that works great for AE 6, but the plugins aren’t recognized in Premiere Pro 6, any ideas why?

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