Skip to main content

Premiere Pro arrives on M1 Macs, now saves your work 168% faster

If you’ve been waiting for Adobe’s video-editing suite to take full advantage of the speed increases granted by Apple’s M1 Macs, today is your lucky day. Adobe has just announced Premiere Pro runs natively on the new chip architecture, joining a stable of the company’s other apps in making the switch.

Premiere Pro has actually been available on M1-enabled Macs since December 2020, but ever since then, it has only been offered as a beta. Now, though, the full version has been launched to the public.

Back in June, an Adobe blog outlined some of the enhancements the company had seen while testing the M1 edition of Premiere Pro. This explained the app launched 50% faster on M1 Macs than on Intel-based equivalents, let you open projects 77% faster, and saved projects 168% faster. Scene Edit Detection improved even more and is now three times faster. There are other advances for effects, importing, exporting, and more.

Despite plenty of software not immediately running natively on M1 Macs, Apple has actually made the experience fairly painless for consumers. That’s because M1 Macs come with a piece of software called Rosetta 2. This automatically ‘translates’ apps built for Intel systems so that they run on the new M1 architecture. Users do not have to run any special software themselves or tweak any settings — the entire process is automatic and never even noticeable.

Still, Adobe’s blog testifies as to the benefits of apps running natively on M1 chips rather than through Rosetta 2. When we spoke to developers about developing their apps for M1, many told us the new architecture unlocked things that were previously impossible on Intel systems, as well as allowing them to build more powerful features into their apps thanks to the increased performance of the chip. Now, it seems like users of Premiere Pro will feel the benefits too.

It is not the first app Adobe has migrated to Apple’s new platform, though. Lightroom made the leap in December 2020, Photoshop followed in March 2021, then Lightroom Classic, Illustrator, and InDesign arrived in June.

As well as native M1 support, the latest Premiere Pro update has also added text-to-speech support that can automatically generate video captions. This currently supports 13 languages and uses Adobe’s Sensei machine learning tech to create its transcripts.

Editors' Recommendations

Alex Blake
In ancient times, people like Alex would have been shunned for their nerdy ways and strange opinions on cheese. Today, he…
I’m finally ready to stop recommending Apple’s cheapest MacBook
Apple MacBook Air M1 open, on a table.

Apple’s MacBook lineup is a bit all over the place at the moment. It’s full of fantastic machines that trounce the competition, yet picking the right Mac for you has never been more confusing. But amid all the uncertainty, one thing is for sure: I can finally stop recommending the M1 MacBook Air.

For years now, the M1 MacBook Air has been a great choice for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of Apple laptops. But three years after its launch, it’s no longer looking like the solid purchase it used to be.
A strong debut
M1 MacBook Air Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

Read more
I’m a laptop reviewer. Here’s why I still use a laptop from 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 14 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

I'm pretty much always using a new laptop as my daily driver -- whichever one that I'm testing for review. And in 2023 alone, I've reviewed almost 40 machines, ranging from near-budget machines with solid performance and impressive features all the way up to innovative devices like the HP Spectre Foldable PC.

But occasionally, there's a lull in new releases, which gives me a chance to do a gut check. Which laptop do I return to as my primary work machine? To my own surprise, it's none of the flashy new releases from 2023. It's a laptop from way back in 2021 that remains my favorite. Not coincidentally, it's the only laptop I've purchased myself in years. That laptop is the first-gen Apple MacBook Pro 14, and it's held up so well against the competition that I still haven't felt compelled to replace it. Here's why.
The display continues to blow me away

Read more
These are the best games to play on your new M3 Mac
Lies of P being played on an iMac.

It’s an exciting time to be a Mac gamer. The latest MacBooks are genuine gaming machines thanks to the addition of ray tracing, mesh shading, and some impressive GPU performance. Even more, Apple is courting more developers to port their games to Apple’s computers with features like Game Mode and the Game Porting Toolkit.

In short, Mac gaming has never been in a better place. If you’ve bought a new Mac loaded with a chip from the M3 family, you might want to test out its power with a few demanding games to see what it can do. There’s no need to stick to mild indie games that won’t cause your Mac to break a sweat -- we’re talking AAA titles that will run natively on Apple hardware. And, of course, you can always use an app like CrossOver to run any Windows games you can imagine. But here are the best games that run natively on an M3 Mac to try out, ranging from incredibly deep fantasy RPGs to exhilarating battle royales.
Baldur's Gate 3

Read more