Adobe After Effects Gets Native Apple M1 Support at Last

Adobe After Effects Gets Native Apple M1 Support at Last

Adobe has announced native support for Apple's M1 processor, resulting in speedier startup and rendering speeds for motion designers and video artists. 

According to the company's benchmark studies, running After Effects on a high-end M1 Ultra Mac is now up to three times faster. Additionally, users of the video effects program on standard M1-powered devices should notice an up to twofold speed boost. 

Adobe said that the additional processing capability enables motion designers to quickly experiment with ideas and iterate on their compositions.


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What Else Is New in Adobe After Effects?

Adobe is launching a more extensive bundle to serve customers better globally. This includes native support for Apple's proprietary processor. 

  • After Effects and Premiere Pro subscribers now have free access to the remote video collaboration service. The service is included in the visual effects tool and Adobe's widely used video editing program. 

  • With 3D making a (yet another) return, the Extended Viewer and Binning Indicators for 3D layers enable designers to see compositions and navigate across three-dimensional areas in real-time. 

  • After Effects now supports Scene Edit Detection from Premiere Pro. The new tool leverages Adobe Sensei's machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. It automatically locates and adds edit areas to rendered video for more efficient workflows.


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The Need for Rapidity

Adobe is well aware of the need for speed. A year ago, the company introduced Multi-Frame Rendering, which increases rendering rates by up to four times. This new version continues the effort to improve the performance and availability of motion graphics software for visual effects producers.

However, Adobe advises that some new features and functionality might be restricted or unavailable if users use incompatible third-party plugins or plugins that have not been converted for Apple hardware. Moreover, users may receive an alert when the VFX tool detects a problem during startup. 

Additionally, Adobe has confirmed that users may run older versions of Adobe After Effects on M1 CPUs. They will, however, need Apple's Rosetta 2 emulation software.

About Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a 2.5D animation program used for compositing, visual effects, and animation. Visual artists often use the program to produce movies, television shows, and online videos.

Additionally, After Effects is utilized during the post-production process and includes hundreds of effects for manipulating images. It allows the incorporation of several layers of video and ideas into a single scenario. 


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After Effects is famous for its flexibility, you may find its work practically everywhere. Several of the following examples may be familiar to you. Yet, you might be unaware they were made using After Effects or how they were developed.

The following content was produced using Adobe After Effects:

  • Star Trek: Into the Darkness Titles

  • Action Movie Kid

  • Ender's Game

  • UI Stuff: Google Home App

  • Formula 1

  • CNN Color Series

  • Nike

  • Cowboys & FreddieW

And so many more!!

After Effects 22.3 will be accessible to all users from April 12, 2022, through the Creative Cloud desktop software in a phased roll-out.

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Jessica Vieira
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Jessica Vieira is ProductReviews's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology.