Native Apple M1 versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition are now available for beta testing. Although many of the features for Premiere Pro are still being rolled out in phases, the three main creative and editing apps on the new Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air now run a little better and more efficiently.
This first Apple M1 version and public beta of Adobe Premiere Pro includes all major editing functions and workflows such as color, graphics and audio as well as functions such as productions and multicam. Also note that Premiere Pro Beta uses the new closed captioning workflow that requires you to update the project file format. You should make a copy of your files for beta testing to avoid compatibility issues. All popular file formats are supported in beta, including H.264, HEVC, and ProRes. However, there is a list of known issues that need to be addressed.
Due to early bugs, Adobe continues to recommend that most users install the latest versions of the app that will run through Rosetta 2 emulation. Note, however, that feedback on the versions optimized for M1 is still welcome. According to Adobe, a step-by-step approach allows better validation of performance and functionality for specific parts of the application. Many third-party integrations, including plug-ins, effects, and drivers for the broadcast hardware, need to be updated by the developer to run natively on Apple Silicon.
According to Adobe, the Premiere Rush Beta, born in M1, includes key editing features, support for H.264 videos, and the ability to add titles and audio from Rush's built-in libraries. According to Adobe, the Audition beta shows performance gains for many audio effects, especially the Spectral Frequency Editor.
Adobe plans to release versions of Premiere Pro, Audition and Premiere Rush with full native support for Apple M1 in the first half of 2021. Photoshop was updated in the beta version for Apple's M1 Macs in November and Adobe Lightroom in December. You can try the beta versions of these apps today by installing them directly from the Creative Cloud desktop application.
Adobe is not alone as many developers seem to be optimizing their apps for Apple's M1 Macs already. Microsoft previously updated Word, PowerPoint and Excel for the new Apple silicon.