Adobe Brings Premiere Pro to M1 Macs

Posted on December 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Mac and macOS with 7 Comments

Following in the footsteps of earlier releases of Photoshop and Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro is now available in beta on the M1-based Macs. But this one hasn’t been ported to Windows 10 on ARM, at least not yet.

“Our team is working hard on a version of Premiere Pro that will run natively on Apple’s new Apple Silicon based M1 processor,” Adobe’s Francis-Crossman writes. “The first public Beta is available today and we invite you to test it out. Your feedback is welcome. We will be updating the Beta frequently as new builds become available.”

Like Photoshop, Premier Pro is a complex application that includes many separate modules, some of which are made by third parties. So a full transition from an Intel binary to a universal binary that supports both Intel and M1 may take a while, Adobe says, and will occur in phases.

“The first public Beta includes all the core editing functions and workflows like color, graphics, and audio, as well as features like Productions, and multicam,” the firm explains. “We prioritized support for the most widely used codecs, like H.264, HEVC, and ProRes. The average editor is likely to see very little difference from the Intel version, but there are some limitations.”

The Adobe post lists the known issues and which features aren’t’ working yet. Adobe also notes that users are welcome to continue using the shipping version of Premiere Pro using Rosetta 2 emulation with Apple M1 devices and macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) while it completes the transition.

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7 responses to “Adobe Brings Premiere Pro to M1 Macs”

  1. briantlewis

    I'm thus far impressed with the speed people are optimizing for the M1. As a survivor of the PPC/Intel transition this is going much faster.

  2. bkkcanuck

    I expect the performance to be better optimized than it has in the past. Maybe I am being optimistic but I felt like there was a deeper agreement between Adobe and Apple with regards to making sure that it is fully optimized for Mac hardware.

  3. sammyg

    It is simply crazy how fast stuff is getting ported for the M1. I got my Mini today in the mail, only took 4 weeks. I also read that the M1 Mini is the number 1 selling computer in Japan.

  4. peterc

    Developers, developers, developers

  5. nbplopes

    I must say that the speed things are being ported to M1 exceeds all my expectations. Not to take credit from the devs doing their ports, but it does look like Apple engineers had made a remarkable job making absolutely sure it could be done with minimal effort.


    It’s happening both in simple apps as well as very complex ones. Across the entire feature spectrum and software houses.

  6. bkkcanuck

    In reply to lvthunder:

    Just got that feeling at WWDC when they were announcing the M1 and had announced Adobe actively working on it, the wording that they used - I got the feeling that Apple was providing more indepth support than was typical.

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