Adobe today has unveiled interesting 3rd party performance benchmark data that shows side-by-side comparisons of Premiere Pro, among other Creative Cloud tools, on Intel vs M1-based Macs.
This news comes as part of today’s major updates across Creative Cloud, which includes native versions now shipping for Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom Classic for Apple’s M1 Macs. Premiere Pro’s M1 support, currently in beta, will be available soon.
Based on all benchmarks conducted, Creative Cloud is on average over 80% faster using the M1 system when compared to an identically configured Intel system.
Notable results for Premiere Pro’s performance include:
- Marked improvements for import, playback and exports
- XAVC S 4K footage imports 187% faster
- Encoding to ProRes 422 was 129% faster
- Faster overall response times and performance
- Launch time 50% faster
- Saving projects 168% faster
- Next-level performance gains for optimized Sensei AI features for the Apple Neural Engine
- Scene Edit Detection 430% faster
- Improved efficiency and significantly longer battery life
The Pfeiffer Report compared the Premiere Pro Beta on 13” MacBook Pros with 2TB SSD hard drives. The M1 systems had the Apple M1 chipset with 8-core CPUs and GPUs and 16GB of Unified Memory. The Intel-based systems had 2.0 GHz quad-core CPUs and 16GB on onboard memory.
The tests included XAVC 4K media at 25, 50, and 100p, and XAVC S-I 4K 50p, ProRes 422, and iPhone 12 (HEIC) 4K footage. For more detailed information M1 benchmark testing and results, see the full Pfeiffer Report here.
Benchmark testing was also done for the M1 versions of Lightroom Classic, Illustrator, and InDesign. In addition to the M1 native releases of Lightroom Classic, Illustrator and InDesign, notable new features were released for the Lightroom Ecosystem, Photoshop Express, Photoshop on iPad, Illustrator, and XD.
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