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Premiere Pro Beta for M1 MacBook Pro Outperforms Intel-Powered Razer Book 13

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The Arm version of Premiere Pro for the Mac drastically outperforms the same software on an Intel-powered Razer Book 13.

Adobe has released an Arm version of Premiere Pro for macOS, allowing owners of new Apple Silicon M1 Macs to run the video editing software natively.

As such, YouTuber Max Yuryev uploaded a video in which he compares how the M1-powered MacBook Pro works with the new Arm version of Premiere Pro with how the program works on a 2020 Intel-powered Razer Book 13.

“In this video, I test the new 2020 13″ MacBook Pro with M1 Apple Silicon and compare it to the 2020 Razer Book 13 with Intels 11-th Gen i7 processor and Intel IRIS Xe graphics and test out 4K video editing in Final Cut Pro 10.15 and Davinci Resolve 17 beta 17.1B, as well as Premiere Pro 2020 optimized for M1 Macs Beta,” the video description reads. “I also test out Geekbench 5 and Metal compute, video editing with Bruce X, 4K stabilization, h.264 and h.265 HEVC 4K footage.”

For his first test, he stabilized a 20-second 4K clip in Premiere Pro, using both computers. The MacBook finished stabilizing the clip in 3 minutes and 6 seconds, while the Razer finished the task in 4 minutes and 21 seconds. He performed the same task using Davinci Resolve: the MacBook finished stabilizing the clip in 31 seconds, while the Razer kept crashing.

The YouTuber next tested out playing a standard, full-resolution 4K clip with Premiere Pro on both computers. The MacBook playrd back the footage perfectly, despite the graphics card being maxed out. On the Razer, the other hand, there was a number of dropped frame rates and skipping.

Both computers were then used to export the 5-minute clip, with the M1 MacBook finishing the task in 9:25 minutes, while the Razer Book finished in 15:20. Yuryev performed the same task in Davinci Resolve, with the MacBook finishing in 4:55 minutes and the Razer Book in 9:02.

Yuryev also played back some h.265 HEVC 4K footage in Premiere Pro on both devices and found that the MacBook played it back perfectly, while the Razer Book played it back with a bit of stuttering. Exporting the same footage, the MacBook Pro finished the task in 7:28 minutes while the Razer Book did the same in 11:01. Both equally got faster using h.265 HEVC 4K footage in Premiere Pro.

Overall, the M1 MacBook Pro performed leaps-and-bounds over the Razer Book, yet another confirmation of M1 silicon outperforming Intel.

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