macOS Big Sur Compatibility – Updated 18 March 2021
Big Sur, the next-generation of the macOS operating system, pushes macOS to version 11 and appears to include major changes under the hood. Certainly, you’ll want to check back to this page. We will keep it updated as wehear of compatibility successes and problems with your video and audio tools.
Apple announced Big Sur at the WWDC in June 2020 and has been in a public beta. The 10th beta was released for developers. It’s a complete overhaul so we are expecting there will be compatibility issues with software and plugins, as companies race to update their products.
Mac Rumors has a big list of software that works in Big Sur.
If you are a Toolfarm Vendor, please let us know if your software is compatible or not compatible. Thank you!
How to Prepare Your Mac to Upgrade to macOS Big Sur
- Make sure your Mac is compatible
- Clean out your Mac and back it up.
- Choose how to upgrade (migration or clean install)
macOS Big Sur Compatibility Notes
AB Soft Neat Video New
v5.4 adds support for macOS Big Sur. The minimum supported version of macOS is now 10.13.6.
They are still testing and do not support it yet. Adobe recommends that you wait until it’s no longer in beta to install it and run Adobe software. In addition, they are suggesting that you run your Adobe apps in a test environment. Read more.
According to Mac Rumors, below, is the status for the current Big Sur beta.
- Acrobat – not yet supported
- After Effects – fully supported
- Bridge 2020 – Bridge 11.x is compatible, but there are some small issues.
- Illustrator 2020 – fully supported
- Indesign CC 2020 – fully supported
- Lightroom and Lightroom Classic – fully supported
- Photoshop 2020 – Photoshop 22.x is compatible but there are a few known issues.
- Premiere Pro and Premiere Rush – fully supported
Accusonus ERA Bundles v5.2 are both fully Big Sur compatible.
Not yet supported.
The following products ARE fully compatible:
- Final Cut Pro 10.5
- Motion 5.5
- Compressor 4.5
- Pro Video Formats 2.2
- GarageBand 10.4
- Logic Pro 10.6 – updated 13 November 2020
- Logic Remote 1.5
- MainStage 3.5
formZ v9.1 adds support for Big Sur and the M1 Macs (using Rosetta 2).
They’re working on support and list Big Sur Intel support as coming soon for Pro Tools and Media Composer. More information
Sibelius 2020.6 is compatible with Big Sur.
Fusion Studio 17.1 and Resolve Studio 17.1 are compatible with Big Sur.
Blue Cat Audio
Most Blue Cat Audio products are compatible. You’ll get popup security warning about how the software can’t be opened due to it being malicious, but it’s okay. Learn more about how to override the warning.
The following ONLY run on Big Sur:
The following do not support Big Sur or Catalina:
- Parametr’EQ Series
If you use Digital Film Tools products, Boris FX will NOT be releasing a patch for Big Sur. In addition, those who crossgrade to Continuum will NOT be able to open old DFT projects.
Officially only part of our software suite is compatible with macOS 11 (Big Sur)
D16 Group advises users to hold on with installing or upgrading to Mac OS 11.0 (Big Sur). Plug-ins work in a strictly controlled environment and their performance is affected by external factors, like hosts’ compatibility.
In the situation that not all host apps are compatible in 100% with Big Sur (like according to our current knowledge Ableton Live and few others), there’s not possible to guarantee plug-ins to work properly on Big Sur.
Our newer products
- Decimort 2
- Devastor 2
- Fazortan 2
- Redoptor 2
- Syntorus 2
- Toraverb 2
They were recently updated and they are fully compatible with Intel-based machines featuring macOS 11.
Remaining newer plug-ins:
These aren’t officially compatible with Big Sur operating system, but tests indicate they should work fine.
Apple Silicon-based machines are a completely different story, at this moment our plug-ins run on M1-based machines only through Rosetta emulation, so we can’t guarantee their full compatibility.
Digital Anarchy Update
Digital Anarchy announced it has refreshed its family of visual effects plugins for Final Cut Pro optimized for Apple’s newest M1 hardware, as well as for the newest Mac OS release, Big Sur. As part of this refresh, Digital Anarchy has released new versions of Beauty Box, Flicker Free, and Samurai Sharpen (in beta). These releases also now fully support Apple’s Metal GPU acceleration, resulting in a 25% increase in performance across its plugins.
Digital Anarchy also worked closely with the Final Cut Pro team to make sure all the plugins take advantage of the new features in FCP 10.5.2. This includes FCP’s new plugin architecture to improve performance and reliability on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.
Digital Rebellion Update
QT Edit in Pro Media Tools 2.0 has been rewritten to use the modern AV Foundation framework, allowing it to work in Catalina and Big Sur.
CinePlay v1.7 includes M1 Mac and macOS 11 Big Sur compatibility New
We’re releasing both apps in public beta while we collect your feedback and wait for 3rd party partners to finalize M1 support for their components.
ScopeBox 4.1b2 known issues:
- no NDI input support
- no AJA iput support
- ScopeLink output only works in 3rd party hosts running in Rosetta 2
You can download ScopeBox here:
Current customers with an active serial will be able to run the app. We may push updates to the beta from time to time via in-app auto-upgrade. Please make sure that and crash reporting is activated in your preferences.
There are no known issues related to M1 support in EditReady 2.7b1
You can download EditReady here:
Current customers with a 2.x serial will be able to run the app. We may push updates to the beta from time to time over in-app auto-upgrade.
Vue and Plant Factory 2021.1 are Big Sur compatible. Read more: New: e-on Software Vue & PlantFactory 2021.1 (R6) Now Available – C4D R23 and Big Sur Compatibility
They have tested all of their products in Big Sur and did not find any issues. They still recommend waiting to update. More information.
v7.2.1 delivers bug fixes, better performance, and improved support for macOS 11 Big Sur Beta.
IK Multimedia New
AmpliTude 5 works in Big Sur.
iLok services are fully compatible.
Shotput Pro is now compatible with Big Sur.
They are currently testing iZotope product compatibility with macOS 11. They are recommending to wait to upgrade to Big Sur. Read more.
Mastering The Mix
The February 2021 release of the Mastering The Mix plug-ins (with the exception of LEVELS) have been significantly updated with improvements, bug fixes, and Big Sur support. This includes Expose, Animate, Bassroom, Mixroom, and Reference.
Cinema 4D Release 23 is fully compatible with Big Sur. Note: This is NOT a patch and requires a full download and fresh install of Cinema 4D. Read more
McDSP is pleased to announce support for Big Sur (Mac OS 11.x) as a free update in 2021 for all v6 customers and APB hardware customers. McDSP’s latest release of AAX Native, AAX DSP, AU, and VST3 plug-ins (v6.8), and APB plug-ins (v1.3), are being qualified on Big Sur, and are available for download at mcdsp.com now. Learn More
The Pixel Farm
PFTrack 21.01.19 brings compatibility with Mac OS 11 Big Sur.
- Studio One 5.1.1
- Notion (6.8.0 Build 18061)
- PreSonus Sphere (all included software, add-ons, and bundled content)
Reason Studios products are compatible with Apple’s macOS Big Sur, including the following:
- Reason Suite 11.3.4 and later (online authorization only)
- Reason 11.3.4 and later (online authorization only)
The following products have not been tested with macOS Big Sur but are being tested. We’ll update the information when we have it.
- Reason 10.4.1
- ReCycle 2.2.4
Magic Bullet Suite 14 maintenance update includes Big Sur Compatibility. Update: Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 14.0.3 – Compatibility with Big Sur, Renewed Support for FCPX
All current versions are compatible. If you are not sure if your current Red Giant installations are up-to-date, follow the instructions below.
- Run Red Giant Application Manager to see if any of your products have an update available (noted with a blue button marked “UPDATE”).
- If there is an Update Button, click on it and follow the instructions for installation.
- If there is no indication of an available update, you are on the current version. You can also choose “check for updates” to be sure.
The latest Redshift open beta (Redshift v3.0.33) is for testing on the Big Sur beta 3 or higher. In other words, they’re testing it now. More info
macOS 11 Big Sur – not yet supported with Serato DJ Pro or Serato DJ Lite [Beta now available]
Steven Slate Audio
For users currently using Logic or Garageband, the new Big Sur MacOS update is not currently compatible with SSD or Trigger. We are working to resolve this issue and will notify you as soon as this is resolved. To ensure that your plugins still work correctly within Logic and Garageband, please DO NOT upgrade to Big Sur.
Synchro Arts New
Currently testing. product for macOS Big Sur compatibility. “Like with any system upgrade, we recommend that you check Big Sur compatibility with the manufacturers of your DAW(s) and all your other plug-ins of choice, to ensure that this OS upgrade will be fully successful and will not impact your production workflow in any way. Please note that your DAW and other plug-ins may require an update to be compatible with Big Sur.”
ScreenFlow version 9.0.7, now includes support for Apple’s new Big Sur OS as well as any of their new hardware equipped with the new Apple Silicon M1 chip.
Wirecast 14.0.4 has been tested on Big Sur and has been qualified with two main exceptions:
- Xkeys on macOS Big Sur does not work. “We are working on getting this issue resolved, but if Xkeys is an important part of your workflow, you may want to hold off on updating to this new OS.”
- Mac System Audio Capture on macOS Big Sur continues to require either an audio driver or alternate routing methods depending on the type of Mac you have.
Note: While Wirecast will technically run on the Rosetta emulator, performance is going to be highly dependent on your workflow and cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if Wirecast is a critical application, we recommend holding off on transitioning to the new Apple Silicon hardware until we have a more concrete release date for our supported version of Wirecast.
Hive 2.1 now supports macOS Big Sur and the new M1-based Macs.
Bazille version 1.1.1 supports Big Sur
All Waves V12 plugins and Waves V11 applications (eMotion LV1, SuperRack, SoundGrid Studio, StudioRack, SoundGrid Driver) are now officially supported on macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 on Intel-based Mac computers.
X-Keys does not work with Big Sur. If you rely on X-Keys, do not update to Big Sur yet.
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