First: The message about the ray-traced 3D renderer is not an error. Read it carefully. It is just telling you about a feature that reiles on hardware that you don't have.
Regarding your other issues, see this:
If you need more help, then provide answers to all of the questions listed here: "FAQ: What information should I provide when asking a question on this forum?"
Regarding the link you posted my firewall is not enabled. The only codecs in my quicktime folder are AppleIntermediateCodec and AppleMPEG2Codec which I assume are 1st party not 3rd party?
- What exact version of After Effects? Include the minor version number (e.g., After Effects CS5.5 with the 10.5.1 update). Do not just say "After Effects with the latest updates"; give the specific version number.
After Effects CC v18.104.22.168.2
- Have you installed the recent updates? (If not, you should. They fix a lot of problems.)
Yes, I am up to date with the latest version.
- What operating system? This should include specific minor version numbers, like "Mac OSX v10.6.8"---not just "Mac".
Mac OSX v10.9.1
- Tell us about your computer hardware. Include CPU type and number of processor cores, amount of RAM installed, GPU, number of disk drives, and how any external drives are connected.
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Disk Drives: 1
External Drives: 0
- What versions of drivers for your graphics hardware do you have installed (including CUDA driver and driver for display adapter)?
Chipset Model: Intel Iris
VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
Device ID: 0x0a2e
Revision ID: 0x0009
Display Type: Retina LCD
Resolution: 2560 x 1600
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
- Do you have any third-party I/O hardware (e.g., AJA, Matrox, Blackmagic, MOTU)?
- What kind(s) of source footage? When telling about your source footage, tell us about the codecs, not just the container types. For example, "H.264 in a .mov container", not just "QuickTime".
H.264, AAC in a .mov file was used before when it was working very slow.
- If you are getting error message(s), what is the full text of the error message(s)?
See images I've posted above.
- What were you doing when the problem occurred?
Launching After Effects.
- Has this ever worked before? If this worked before by doesn't work now, what has changed on your computer in the intervening time?
Never worked correctly on this Mac.
- Do you have QuickTime installed. (You should.) If so, what version? The answer should be specific, such as "QuickTime 7.6.2".
Quicktime version 10.3 also Quicktime 7 version 7.6.6
- What other software are you running?
- Do you have any third-party effects or codecs installed?
None. (as long as these codecs are not third party: AppleIntermediateCodec and AppleMPEG2Codec.
- Are you using OpenGL features in After Effects?
- Does the problem only happen with your final output, RAM preview, or both?
- Are you using Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously multiprocessing?
- Are you using the ray-traced 3D renderer?
- If the problem is with output, give your exact output settings (both render setting and output module settings). Screenshots help.
- What is the exact sequence of steps that you are taking?
Opening After Effects, takes over 4 minutes to load, get stuck on Initialising Media Core and Cleaning Up.
Still encountering this problem, any other advice?
I am having the same messages and errors and take a very long time too boot. My firewall is off and there are no third party files in quicktime. is there any solution for this?
I've managed to fix this. (granted my fix means un-installing all of your Adobe programs but if you want a job done you got to break some eggs...)
After speaking to Adobe and Apple help I've found this out...
Quick way to test if its the same problem as mine would be to create a new account on your computer with admin privildges and load After Effects in that new account, it should load correctly. If it does, follow the steps below...
Ok so step by step...
1. Search for "Disk Utility" in spotlight.
2. In Disk Utility click on Macintosh HD.
3. Click "Verify Disk Permissions"
4. Once this is complete click "Repair Disk Permissions".
Make sure all Adobe applications are closed at this point.
1. Open a finder window.
2. Alt-click on "Go" at the top of the screen.
3. Click on Library.
4. Go to the "Preferences" folder.
5. Search 'Adobe' and make sure you select to only be searching in the "Preferences" folder.
6. Select ALL of the files and drag to the trash can.
7. Empty the trash can. (some might not delete at this point)
8. Uninstall ALL Adobe applications using their un-installers in the Applications folder. (make sure to tick remove preferences)
9. Uninstall Creative Cloud.
11. If some files would not delete before you should be able to delete them now.
13. Re-install Creative Cloud.
14. Re-install your prefered applications.
15. Boot After Effects and it should *cross fingers* work!
Please let me know if this works cause I'd love to know that I'd helped someone who was in my situation.