The File Extensions Database

.AET File Extension

  • Developer by: Adobe Systems
  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .AET file?

.AET is After Effects Project Template

An AET file is a project template created by After Effects, a video production application. It contains a video composition template, which can be used as the starting point for making multiple .AEP video projects. AET files may include audio, images, and video clips, a timeline, and various effects that can be applied to the movie.

AET file open in Adobe After Effects CC 2017

The AET file is one of two file types used to save video editing project templates in After Effects. The main format is the AET file, which is saved in binary format. The other format templates may be saved in is the .AETX file, which is a text-based XML template.

To create an After Effects project, select File → New → New Project then click File → Save or Save As → Save As... and choose "Adobe After Effects Template Project" from the "File Format" dropdown menu.

To open an After Effects project, select File → Open Project....

Programs that open After Effects Project Template
Adobe After Effects CC 2019
Adobe After Effects CC 2019

How to solve problems with AET files

  • Associate the AET file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any AET file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.AET files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the AET file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .AET is After Effects Project Template. Because only the current version supports the latest AET file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Adobe Systems manufacturer website after an available .AET is After Effects Project Template update.
  • To make sure that your AET file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.