Adobe recently released Apple Silicon optimized versions of Premiere Rush, Premiere Pro, and Audition. These ports run natively on M1 Mac systems like the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and MacBook Air.
According to a support document by Adobe, Premiere Pro will get M1-optimized capabilities in phases because not every feature of the app has been ported to run natively on the existing Apple Silicon-powered Macs yet.
Beta for Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition, and Premier Rush available for Apple Silicon
The first phase of the public beta release of Premiere Pro consists of core editing functions and workflows like audio, graphics, colors, and Multicam. Adobe has prioritized support for the most used codecs like ProRes, HEVC, and H.264.
Since Premiere Pro is built on a large codebase with support for a wide range of media and workflows, we will implement native support for Apple M1 in phases and some parts have not been ported yet. This phased approach allows us to validate performance and functionality for specific parts of the application before we add new components. And it also allows you to start seeing the benefits now.
Adobe advises its users to upgrade to the new project file format because the M1 beta of Premiere Pro takes advantage of the new captions workflow. Users must create a copy for beta testing to avoid compatibility issues so that they can work with their current projects.
Beta testers should keep in mind that the company has released a list of known bugs in the beta. Like tapping the Tool Selector on a MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar may cause the app to crash, and measured file sizes while exporting may show inaccurate values by an order of magnitude.
The company urges its users to run the current release version of Premiere Pro using Rosetta 2 emulation on Macs consisting of an M1 chip, while Adobe completes its M1-native version of Premiere Pro.
Users should note that third-party integrations such as effects, plugins, panels, and drivers will be required to be updated by developers to run natively on Apple Silicon and might not work certainly under Rosetta 2 emulation, even if Adobe Premiere gets fully updated for Apple Silicon.
The company will be updating these betas from time to time as new versions become available. The current version of Premiere Pro is available on M1 Macs through Rosetta 2 emulation on macOS 11.0 Big Sur. Adobe has not given any word as to when it might complete the native Apple M1 versions of Premiere Pro and other apps. Recently, Adobe Lightroom was updated with support for M1 Macs.