Here is how M1 iPad Pro performs with 4K video editing

Apple’s new M1 iPad Pro is finally in the hands of consumers. The next-generation iPad Pro models come with ultra-fast 5G connectivity, Liquid Retina XDR display, enhanced performance, and more. The M1 iPad Pro also features an all-new 12MP Ultra Wide front camera which offers a Center Stage experience for video calls. The 2021 iPad Pro models combine a stunning display with stellar performance, according to the first batch of reviews published.

YouTuber Created Tech decided to test out the new M1 iPad Pro by editing 4K video footage acquired from a Sony A7III camera in LumaFusion on the tablet. Apple’s 2021 iPad Pro ended up offering stellar results which can be considered on par with several desktop machines.

M1 iPad Pro 4K editing performance test

YouTuber tests 4K video editing on new M1 iPad Pro

Created Tech decided to test 4K footage editing on the M1 iPad Pro to see how far the machine can go. The footage used from the camera is a full-frame camera, shooting in 4K resolution, 100 megabytes per second bitrate, and the codec is xavc-s.

The question is, is it as powerful or almost as powerful as its desktop counterparts, the M1 Macs. Specifically in terms of editing. So in this video I thought I would do a little testing on the M1 iPad Pro with some 4K footage and see if we can bring this machine to its knees or perhaps even be pleasantly surprised.

M1 iPad PRo 4K editing performance test

The editing software used was LumaFusion and Adobe Premiere Rush. Both editing programs do not compare to the desktop app version of DaVinci Resolve or Final Cut Pro but Created Tech was very impressed with LumaFusion as an app. The way it runs and performs, making it quite easy to edit out basic things.

While testing 4K playback and timeline scrubbing, the results were pretty solid without any stuttering frames or glitching. The footage being used was extremely compressed and most machines have issues playing it smoothly. However, the M1 iPad Pro manages to play it back smoothly while completely opening up the compressed/zipped file.

While rendering the 4K footage, the export was done as a movie. After going to files, the YouTuber configured a few settings like setting the video quality to 4K, selecting the H264 codec which a nice and compressed codec good for uploading videos to YouTube. The total footage was of 2 minutes and the iPad Pro exported it very quickly. All the while, the machine did not heat up at all. The render was complete in under 90 seconds.

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Usman has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He is an editor at iThinkDifferent and writes about games, Apple news, hardware, productivity guides, and more. When not writing for iTD, Usman loves to play competitive Team Fortress 2, spends time honing his football skills, and watches superhero movies.