Hey beta users!
Starting today (August 1), the After Effects beta will save in project version 23.0. This means that projects saved in the 23.0 beta will not be able to be opened in other versions of After Effects (including the 22.5 public release) without file conversion.
If you need compatibility with 22.x or before, please follow the instructions below:
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you!
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Ah, wish I had known before I started but glad there is a workaround!
It's not a workaround, but a feature that we have not had to use for a while.
Choose File > Save As to save a copy project as version 22.x or 18.x.
As indicated in the original post, this creates a project file that is compatible with older versions of After Effects.
I find it helpful to add a "_22" or "_18" in the project filename somewhere.