Base Mini for Handbrake and CS5?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Molson1020, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2009
    I am thinking about getting a Mac Mini base model. The most I'll be doing is web surfing, email, etc. I will do the occasional Handbrake DVD or Bluray Rip along with some light Photoshop/Illustrator work.

    Can the lower end 2012 mini handle this (assuming I upgrade the ram).
  2. macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2012
    Zagreb, Croatia
    It can handle it easily... You will be fine...
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    The quad-core in the higher end models would be much better for Handbrake. Still the dual-core should be better for Handbrake than all previous models apart from the quad-core in the Mid-2011 Mini Server.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Sorry, but with a Mini 2.5 i5 Handbrake runs great too. Having to code a movie in 3 min instead of 5 really does not matter. You can surf the web in the meantime, and the OP says occasionally....
    Bottleneck with movie encoding seems to be HD anyway (mine recodes rougly as fast as just copying the file would take), and those are slow in every model.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2009
    Well, I am in the process of ripping my entire DVD collection to digital, and will follow that with my Bluray collection. Granted, I'll only be doing one at a time, and most likely have it run over night.

    I am also planning on picking up an iPad, so I won't necessarily be surfing and encoding on the same device.
  6. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    get the mid mini. buy some ram and if you don't like the speed you can return it in under 2 weeks and down grade to the base
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2012
    Little Rock, AR
    The base 2012 is faster encoding than my mid 2011. My mid 2011 encodes slightly faster than a NetFlix 8 disc subscription can feed it.

    With that said, the mid 2012 is considerably faster CPU than the base model.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    Have you tried makemkv? It copies the movie from the disk and puts it into a .mkv file with no loss of detail. Your bluray's will look just as good as if you were playing from the disk. No loss of detail. Of course the file size will be huge... but disk space is cheap.
  9. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    Quad is faster than the dual, but either one is fine. Obviously the quad will finish your project in less time, but it's doubtful that anyone has comparative tests. I'd go with that one. If you buy directly, Apple has a lenient return policy. I doubt you'll need it.
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    I have the 2.3 ivy bridge quad in my cmbp and it takes about 30 min to rip a 2 hour movie. I am pretty sure my processor and the one in the middle mini is the same.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    What kind of rip? DVD or Blu-ray?
  12. macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    You're right. The mkv versions of Blu-rays created by MakeMKV are excellent. I've got Blu-rays that I've never played, they've only been in the computer in order to make the mkv versions.

    Also Handbrake's regular/high profile setting makes high-quality, 1080p copies of the mkvs that have very little quality reduction. The mkv version of 'Knowing' 32.59GB, Handbrake's m4v is just 3.72GB, great for laptops.
  13. macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2012

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