Some would say that Youtubers are not really a reference. But I can certify that the M1 is already as "pro" as it can be. The first feature film cut with FCP on a M1 MBP has had picture lock Friday last week and everything went very smoothly.
- 90 minute crime feature
- 23 days shooting (30 hours of footage), 65 days editing
- 1285 video clips, 2443 audio clips on the final timeline
- collaboration via Postlab
That's all I can say for now. The movie is now in post for audio sweetening and grading. If the production company agrees, we may have an interesting case study for the M1 soon.
The M1 (while very fast on single-thread tasks and video decode/encode) is probably the slowest M-series Apple Silicon CPU that will ever be made. We may be within weeks of Apple formally announcing the M1X which supposedly will have 2x the CPU cores and up to 4x the GPU cores. If correct that would make an M1X laptop faster than the 18-core iMac Pro on virtually all benchmarks -- including GPU.
If the rumors about the upcoming Apple Silicon Mac Pro are correct, it will have 128 GPU cores, which might be about 2x faster than an nVidia RTX-3090.
The M1 is all we have now so it has attracted a lot of attention. But within a few months it will occupy the lower echelon of Apple Silicon performance, which will span vastly upward.
The amazing thing is what the M1 can do, despite being the lowest end of a range of higher-performance upcoming products. Has anyone ever edited a feature film using a PC powered by Intel's entry-level Celeron?
Of course the software must harness the compute assets. On Resolve forums I frequently see professionals with multi-chip Xeon workstations and massive RAM, equipped with two or four nVidia Titan GPUs -- complaining about slow performance.