Native support for M1 Macs had been in beta since January, and goes live with Premiere Pro 15.4. Even in beta, Apple Silicon-optimized Premiere Pro easily outperformed the Intel-powered Razer Book 13.
According to Adobe, Premiere Pro 15.4 on an M1-powered Mac “runs nearly 80 percent faster than comparable Intel-based Macs” thanks to optimization for the M1 chip.
With the update, Media Encoder and Character Animator have also gained support for M1 Macs. Native support for Adobe’s After Effects will go into public beta later this year, but After Effects integration features included in Premiere Pro, like Dynamic Link and Motion Graphics templates, have already been optimized for Apple Silicon.
Also included in the July update is Speech to Text — a dedicated feature within Premiere Pro designed to caption and transcribe videos. Speech to Text makes Premiere Pro the “only non-linear editing system (NLE) offering an integrated and automated workflow for creating transcriptions and captions,” says Adobe.
Now that Premiere Pro has been optimized for Apple’s M1 System on a Chip (SoC), adding native support for subsequent Apple Silicon (like the rumoured M1X and M2 chips) will be much easier and quicker.