So I went ahead and bought a top-of-the-line MacBook Air with M1 chip and 16GB RAM and 1 TB SSD.
As expected, in order to run CrazyTalk I had to install Rosetta, Apple's utility to run Intel code on the M1. That just took a minute.
After that, CrazyTalk worked just fine. I did a comparison with my MacBook Pro 16-inch 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD.
The Intel device was faster... but marginally. It took 37 minutes to render a long video (~12 minutes) compared to 40 minutes on the M1 Air with the same project.
Given that the M1 Air was using an emulation layer, that's pretty impressive. The M1 MacBook Pro might have been faster, as it could cool the CPU but I didn't notice any major heat and I prefer not having a fan for when I do video streaming.
The M1 likely would be much faster when running native code. Alas, Crazy Talk isn't getting updated, but at least I can still run it at ~90% of the speed of an Intel device.
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