Adobe has revealed that After Effects will now run natively on Apple’s M1 SoCs. What’s more, it will deliver speeds up to seven times quicker; than the previous version on M1 Macs, according to Adobe executives.
It’s also up to three times faster on a Mac with an M1 Max processor than on an Intel-based Mac. This significant performance boost for native After Effects on an M1 system should assist to increase the appeal of Apple’s M1 Macs among creative professionals.
Additionally, Adobe claims that decoding on M1 systems has improved; ProRes format decoding is now up to 3x faster on a system with an M1 Ultra CPU; than on previous high-end Intel-based workstations.
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In a call with Digital Trends ahead of the NAB Show, Victoria Nece, Adobe’s lead product manager for After Effects, said, “We are thrilled to announce that with our April release, After Effects will come with native support for the latest Apple silicon hardware.” “When compared to an Intel 10-core iMac Pro, After Effects 22.3 loads up to seven times faster than the prior version on M1 Macs and renders compositions twice as quickly.”
Launching After Effects, rendering inside the software, and decoding were all substantially faster on the new machines; than on an iMac Pro in Adobe’s tests comparing M1 Ultra, M1 Max, and M1 Pro chipsets. When compared to older Apple machines running Intel CPUs, native support for M1 resulted in speed boosts of up to 2x quicker on M1 systems and 3x faster on M1 Ultra systems, according to the same benchmarks.
Apple’s M1 Ultra CPU is currently only available on the Mac Studio. However other M1 and M1 variations may be found on the Mac mini, MacBook Air, iMac, and MacBook Pro.
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