AE Quick Tip – Force Crash and Save!
*This tutorial was written by Jason Hadley, check out his work!!*
(MAC FIX ONLY, SORRY WINDOWS USERS)
We’ve all been there. After Effects just locked up and it’s been a while since you’ve saved.. It could be due to anything, from having too many particles for your RAM capacity, or due to AE just deciding that it’s having a bad day.
So what do we do when that happens? Well, normally we would just take the productivity hit and force quit the program. Bummer.
Well what if I could tell you that there’s another way!
Open two apps: Terminal and Activity Monitor.
In your activity monitor, look for the PID column for After Effects. It can be any number. Remember it.
In terminal, type “kill -SEGV (PID#)” where PID# is the number in the activity monitor, no parentheses.
It will force After Effects to quit but also to save a version where it froze.
Praise the almighty After Effects Alert box!
Also, If you’re worried you’ll blow up your computer by opening terminal, AEScripts has you covered.