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Premiere Pro (beta) for Apple Silicon M1 Macs released

Adobe is also working on bringing After Effects to Apple Silicon M1 Macs later in 2021

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Adobe releases beta versions of Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition optimized for Apple Silicon Macs running the new M1 chips.

It’s worth noting that these are beta versions, so you may experience some bumps and limited functionality, but overall this is fantastic news for Premiere Pro users. Some known limitations at this stage include – no support for third party control surfaces, and some missing audio and video effects.

Furthermore, Adobe has stated in their latest blog post, that new builds of the Beta version will also be available with bug fixes and improvements as user feedback starts coming in.

The new Apple Silicon Macs are gaining popularity among video creators, photographers, and audio pros.

Premiere Pro (beta) Now Native on Mac Mini 2020 M1 and Macbook Pro 13-inch with Apple Silicon

From our observations, mainly the Mac Mini 2020 and MacBook Pro 13-inch appear to be most frequently purchased for video editing, photography work and audio editing due to their active cooling and significant energy efficiencies and speed compared to the Intel-based variants.

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Step-by-Step roll-out for M1 Native apps

However, don’t expect every feature you are used to on your Premiere Pro PC version or Intel-based Mac to run at this stage on the M1 Macs. According to Adobe, their Premiere Pro “is built on a large codebase with support for a wide range of media and workflows”, and therefore native support for Apple M1 will be available in phases. This means that some functionality has not yet been ported over to the Apple Silicon beta versions.

Furthermore, this initial Beta release features core editing functions and workflows like color, graphics, and audio, as well as features like Productions, and multi-cam. 

In this first Beta version, you can find support for the most frequently used codecs, such as ProRes, H.264, and H.265 HEVC.  

Browse the Latest Deals on M1 Apple Silicon Macs at B&H

Premiere Pro in Rosetta 2 

In the meantime, you can still use Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and other Creative Cloud apps via the Rosetta 2 emulation mode, while the dev team at Adobe works on releasing the Apple Silicon native versions. However, it should be noted that as with other apps running on M1 via Rosetta 2, there are some issues, which are being worked on. 

More Native Apple M1 Support in 2021

Adobe says their dev teams are working hard on native M1 versions of Premiere Pro, Audition, and Premiere Rush with full native support for Apple M1 Macs. They aim to release those production versions in Q1 or Q2 of 2021.

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Current Supported Codecs and Formats – Premiere Pro (Beta) M1

  • H.264 & H.265 in MP4, MOV, or MXF
  • AVC Intra
  • XAVC-I & XAVC-L in MXF
  • ProRes in MOV or MXF
  • AAC, WAV, M4A

Summary of Current Known Issues:

  • Tapping the tool selector on the Touch Bar (MacBook Pro) can cause a crash
  • Premiere Pro can crash on launch if set to Chinese localization
  • Team Projects collaborators can appear offline
  • Dragging markers in the Timeline or Program Monitor can cause a flicker in the Program Monitor
  • Estimated file size when exporting can be incorrect by an order of magnitude
  • Project Manager has an incomplete set of presets as well as some extraneous presets
  • Using Lumetri color controls while the Program or Source Monitor are set to Multi-Camera view can cause the application to crash

Functions/Features not currently working:

  • Learn Panel and in-app tutorials & support for control surfaces
  • Not all video & audio effects have been ported
  • Legacy Titler (use the essential graphics workflow instead)
  • Motion Graphics Templates authored in After Effects (Premiere Pro authored MOGRTs work)
  • Old caption workflow (please use the new captioning workflow which is available in both beta versions, Apple Silicon and Intel)
  • Interchange formats (XML, AAF, OMF)
  • Capture panel & preferences
  • Device Control preferences
  • Third party plug-in support including panels, effects, scripting, and transmit
  • Libraries panel

Learn more over at Adobe’s blog post here.

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