Adobe After Effects gets native Apple M1 support at last

Adobe has announced native support for the Apple M1 silicon, which hopefully means faster launch and render times for motion designers and video creators.

In the company’s published benchmarks, running After Effects on a high-end Mac M1 Ultra is now up to three times faster, and those using the video effects software on standard M1-powered devices, performance should increase to double the speed.

According to Adobe, the increased power allows motion designers to easily explore ideas and iterate on their compositions more quickly.

Adobe benchmarks for M1 support

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What else is new in Adobe After Effects?

Native support for Apple’s proprietary chip is just part of a larger package that Adobe is rolling out to better serve users around the world.

– After Effects and Premiere Pro subscribers now get free access to the Frame.io remote video collaboration service, which is integrated with both the VFX tool and the popular Adobe. video editing software.

– With the return of 3D manufacturing (yet another one), expanded viewer and grouping indicators for 3D layers now make it easier for designers to view compositions and move through three-dimensional spaces in real time.

– Scene Edit Detection finally makes the jump from Premiere Pro to After Effects. Powered by machine learning and AI from Adobe Sensei, the new tool intelligently detects cut points in rendered footage and adds markers to edit points for more efficient creations.

The need for speed

Adobe clearly feels the need for speed – just last year the software company unveiled multi-frame rendering, boosting speeds up to four times. This latest update continues to improve the performance and delivery of motion graphics software for VFX artists.

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However, Adobe warns that some new features and functionality will be limited or unavailable when using incompatible third-party plugins, or plugins that are not ported for Apple Silicon, with users seeing a warning appear when the VFX tool detects a problem on launch. .

Adobe has also confirmed that users can even use older versions of Adobe After Effects on the M1 chips – but you’ll need Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulation software to make it work.

The After Effects 22.3 update, released today (April 12, 2022), is available to all users via a staged rollout from the Creative Cloud desktop app.

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